Thinking of my son today.

My son has been gone to US Naval Academy Prep School for two months. We are extremely proud of him and just want to be a pillar of support and he fulfills his dreams

Andrew Samaniego NAPS 2014
Andrew Samaniego NAPS 2014

Andrew I watched this video today and thought of you!

The Eagle has Arrived United States Naval Academy Prep School


Today, Andrew "The Eagle" Samaniego, reported for duty at the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School at the Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island. To say how proud I am to seemy soon accomplished a goal he set out for himself over couple years ago it has been amazing.

As we took my son to the airport I had such mixed emotions. As a proud parents to his accomplishments to coming to realization he would no longer be part of my everyday day life like he has been for all these years.

My heart broke as his sister, Bella and my wife, said goodbye. 

The last time we all felt this way was when our beloved, "King" passed away.

But the sadness will pass and we will always be proud of, Andrew.



Andrew Samaniego Appointed To Yucaipa Youth Commission

Last week, my son Andrew Samaniego received a phone from the City of Yucaipa.

"We would like you to come to our City Council meeting on Monday and please wear your "Eagle Scout" Uniform." said the City Staff Member.

Although we where curious why the City wanted him to wear a boy scout uniform, as a scouting parent you are kinda used to having to attend many different functions where your son needs to wear a uniform.

Well, last night came around and we noticed a few other high school students at the City Council meeting.

A few minutes later, Mayor Hoyt of Yucaipa had announced the next item on the agenda was the appointment of the new Yucaipa Youth Commission members for the next  12 months for the City of Yucaipa.

Andrew was one of the students that had been appointed on the Yucaipa Youth Commission, to deal with and discuss youth issues with the City Council.

Is this the beginning of a bigger vision of his in serving in public office? 


I know his primary goal right now is to be accepted into the United States Naval Academy and becoming an officer in either the Navy or Marines. 

They world is oyster to accomplish whatever he decides to do. 

I am extremely proud of this young man and his motivation to accomplish his goals.



Training Hike to Mazanita Peak

This morning we had a chance to go on 8 mile training hike to Mazanita Peak up in the San Bernardino National Forest. We are only two weeks away from our 25+ mile hike to Yosemite and attempt to climb Half Dome.

Elizabeth, Andrew, and our hiking coach Dave Kehrlein started at 7:30 am. It was great hike, it was about 20 degrees cooler, since we last did this hike. It was the first time Andrew and Elizabeth have done this specific hike.

I was surprised Andrew decided to come on this trip. He just got back from Air Force JROTC Summer Leadership School at March Air Force Base. He spent 7 days there and is leaving for Devil Pups for two weeks tomorrow. I figured he wants to come home and get a little rest. But he said he wanted to get in a training hike before Yosemite.

This trip is coming together , and I am looking forward the trip. My calves and Achilles still are very tight for the first hour of when we start hiking. But once we get going and warmed up, I feel great.

Well we got few more training hikes to go and final prep for this trip. I keep you posted.

Talk with you soon,



The Men Who Built America

Last year, I happen to watch about 6 episodes of the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. I was amazed at the story telling and visual style of some criminal elements during the prohibition.

Some day I like to start watching it again just watching what history could have been like come to real life is great thing thing to experience.

However, this week history did come to life on the history channel.


An amazing new series just started, called “The Men Who Built America.”

It is the story of John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan rose from obscurity and in the process built modern America.

You talk about an amazing show not only for entrepreneurs but for every American. In fact, it show be required watching in history class throughout the US.

Last night I got to watch the first hour about how the “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt and how he single handly built the the railroad empire and to hear commentary from the likes of Marc Cuban, Alan Greenspan and other recent business minds is fascinating.

This is television at its best!

Congratulations history channel for amazing show so far!

Below is the trailer for the show!