The Traveling Shovel

It's been a long time!
This is my favorite post so far. Hands down. I am so happy to be making this addition to the shovel blog that I don't have anything to say. Here's what Rob has to say though :)


When the traveling shovel idea first popped up I knew I needed to get it over to me while I was in Iraq. The Shovel Jr. at war tell me that doesn’t add to its travel stories. Unfortunately due to some shipping issues we were not able to get it over here to me until right before I left so I didn’t have much time to do anything fancy or get him on any missions. He was a little peeved because he was looking forward to a helicopter ride over Iraq but we made do.

I thought it would be a good idea for Shovel Jr. to see some historical sites while he was here so I took the him out to the Ziggurat of Ur located near where I was serving. I made sure he had on his protective gear while we were out there just in case. The ziggurat is a tall pyramid type structure built as a dwelling for the moon god Nanna approximately 2000 B.C. The city of UR is also where Abraham from the bible is originally from and his house has been partially restored for a visit by the Pope that never happened. Iraqi leadership would not guarantee his safety during the visit, imagine that. It sits next to the ruins of the King of Ur’s palace which we took a photo in front of as well. Shovel seemed to like the experience but got tired of wearing the Kevlar helmet so we went back to base.

I figured he can’t come over here with out getting a little dirty so we took him by and helped clean up a couple unexplored ordinances and even took a ride in a mortar launcher. For those of you with faint hearts he was never in danger. He met a couple of other hardware friends and took some time to pose for pictures. I wish I would have had more time with Shovel Jr., but we both needed to get on the road. I left Iraq about a day after he did so we needed to make our visit quick.

We had a really good time over here and he is on his way to Travis for more great adventures. I look forward to following his exploits around the world. Good luck Shovel Jr. If you made it here you can make it anywhere.
October 9, 2007

Rob Valenca
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travel log entry #9

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