With thoughts of going home, your imagination can do tricks. With one last mission to go on and the days counting down for leave (were getting ready to fly out). It was a beautiful night with not a cloud in the sky. We were all laying on our backs looking at the stars, their one thing thats nice about the desert skies and thats the ablility too or the thought that you can just reach up and touch the stars. While your laying there you think about being with someone that love, preferably a female in my case, your imagination can get the best of you. Well thats what was taking place when I dozed off under the desert skies only to be woken with a foul smell. Erik happened to be laying next to me, "Erik did you shit your pants?" no response but laughter. You could assume he was the culpret, then I noticed that someone was hanging onto my hand, Erik you son of bitch. What the hell are you doing! Well it was early Friday morning when we departed on our mission south to Talil where our mission was to take us. The mission lasted three days with one nights sleep of the three. Very quick trip, utilizing both heicopter and fixed wing aircraft to get to our destination. The flight by aircraft took 2hrs which didn't include the chopper flight on each end which was the reason for the loss of sleep. I didn't bring my thermometer so I couldn't give exact temps but it was hotter than the hinges of hell (coined by Erik), which was not far from the truth. We left Baghdad with temp of 125 and there was no comparison, HOT! Training went off without any hitches and gave us the opportunity to sight see some. From the base you could see the Temple of Ur (moon temple), named after King Ur-Nammu. The town was also aptly named Ur, this occured around 2112BC to 2094BC. At that time it was also the port to Babylon, obviously theirs no water near there now. This was also the birth place of Abram (Biblical), not like Erik thought, Abraham Lincoln. In more recent times this temple area was off limits (Saddam) and was patrolled by military forces for the vantage point that it had on the air-base. Since our invasion this temple area has been open to coalition forces and was really was quite neat to see. We were able to take vehicles and drive out into the countryside which felt eerie. Normally when you leave post you take gunners, it just seemed strange heading in a vehicle by yourself. As I stated the temps were incredible and fear of being stranded out in desert comes to mind, you just wouldn't last long. When the winds blew you could just feel yourself cooking. On the ride out sitting in the hummvee you could feel your ass cooking to the metal bed of the hummvee, incredible heat. On our arrival we were to have picnic, nothing like planning.