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Yes! I'm a day or two late...
No.. I'm not writing (necessarily) on one topic for five minutes...this round. Although, I plan on throwing in a few lines of explanation or comment as I go... I know it will be way longer than five minutes.
Yes! I want to still be included in this link-up and I still can, as it is still open...thank you, Kate!
and Yes! as you can tell by the post's title that I did end up taking my camera on my son's Scout overnight encampment to VISIT the Battleship NJ. Something I wasn't sure I would do - as mentioned here!!
(So, so interesting! So glad I was invited to go along!)
We left Friday afternoon and came back early afternoon on - Saturday!
Our youngest daughter, Jayne, who didn't go with us, but instead went to Grandma's had a "BeLAST"... needless, to say...
It's wonderful to be back home and all be together again. We've been talking about our time on the BB-62, ever since.
Enjoy the fleet of photos.. ;)
|On our way crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge!|
|Caleb standing by the bunk he chose! One he would ultimately fall out of during the night and not remembering one bit it- upon waking up the next morning! ;)|
|Caleb in the Brig!|
|Checking out the Barbershop!|
Yes!! These are the stairs or ladders. They are literally EVERYWHERE!!! Up and down, levels and decks. It's of utmost necessity to have three points of contact at all times, when using these "ladders". Ask Aubrey!! Three points of contact. Either, one hand and two feet - touching. Or, One foot and two hands...while in motion. Yeah!!!
A second rule of thumb for safety. NO RUNNING!! You never run on the ship... And, as you'll read further down through this post. You don't have to be running at all to still get hurt...
|After dinner - we went on a guided tour of the ship. We probably only scratched the surface of this "museum"... Mr. John was our personal tour guide...|
But the wax figures, that you'll see in so many of these upcoming photos, both spooked and tickled me. It surely helped to make this tour "extra" interesting!! We even found some that looked like people we know - in real life. Which even made it more "fun"!!
Mr. John was wonderful and so patient with us and our questions...
In this photo you can see 6 different portal/doorways... we had probably crossed through that many even before I ever took this photo.
I was saying just learning your way around this ship and having to constantly watch your head and your step ... was "crazy".
I also said... making your way around this ship gave a whole new meaning to the term :: Lost at Sea!!
(smile!) I felt so out of the loop.
|This is only half of this amazing photo...|
Next. Here we are in what is called a turret, this was No.3 of the three turrets on BB-62.
This is what I was talking about in having to watch your head and your step at all times. Scott literally had just plunked his head hard on that white looking canister hanging from the ceiling. Hence why he's there on his knees holding his head. The second photo is of him looking to see what it was he hit. I was trying too hard not to laugh... hence the blurry photos... I suppose! I am glad it wasn't too serious.
Just in this room alone... as I stood in one spot, looking around... I wondered just how many nuts and bolts I could see. The thought was astounding... and this wasn't even the whole ship...
If you ever get a chance to visit something like this. Go for it!! I would say, it certainly provided me with a whole new appreciation for the men and women who have served and are serving - as status in and of our Country's Army, Navy and Military Services. The commitment it would take (and does!) is exemplary! Wow!!
Again, I could have taken a thousand more photos... to capture our time. Aubrey and I were just glad - once again - that we were invited to go along. Even though we felt like a "fish out of water" amongst all the cub scouts and their dads!!
Here is one last photo...
It's just me. One tired Mama at the end of the day. One stiff and sore Mama, too!
(thanks to one of the kiddo's who got a hold of the camera..)
I hope you enjoyed your visit!!
I hope you enjoyed your visit!!