After Old Town, we followed our next set of googled driving directions and made our way to Pacific Blvd. We first encountered 2 cruise ships getting ready to leave. Now, I would like to go on a cruise. Next. Like in August or September. I would like to get Splenda working on that, but I digress.
After we passed the cruise ships, we were able to spot the majestic USS Midway
We bought our tickets, received our earphones for the audio tour and began wandering around. I couldn't keep my camera put away. It was absolutley fabulous. To think of that huge ship and all that she had been through. The vets that had served with her, their stories, the history....it was almost a little overwhelming at times.I may or may not have teared up on several occasions.
The Pride of the Pacific!
I had the privilege of meeting this gentleman. He is 90 years old and a WWII veteran. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor. He was a bugle blower and was in Honolulu on December 6, 1941. The day before the attack. He was buying horns when they got the call to return to base. He described the chaos of the attack. "Running around while they were trying to shoot my backend off"
We chatted and he asked if we wanted to hear more stores. Heck yeah! He told us a couple about some of the aircraft that were bombed in Pearl Harbor. One that still has 5 soldiers and a baby daughters ashes buried in the sea with the ship. He told us of another situation where there were 4 soldiers trapped. A captain found a way to get them out through a porthole. Unfortunately, the last guy was over 200 lbs and couldn't fit through the porthole. He died. But not before making sure his buddies were safe.
I asked this wonderful man if he would mind posing for a picture with me, and he was so cute! "Of course!" he told me, and then as I put my arm around him, he giggled and said, "Oh yeah, this is a good one!" Everyone around got a good chuckle. We exchanged "God Bless You"'s, and I thanked him for his service and sacrifice. He did two tours before retiring. He, as well as every other vet on the carrier were there as volunteers. They were there because they love their country, they are proud of their service and they want to continue to give back. I love each and every one of them.
There were planes inside the hangar that we could climb inside and check out. Splenda was in heaven!
We went up on deck and checked out all the planes on the flight deck.
The view was amazing!
The different missiles loaded on the "tomcat". Pucker factor much?
Doing this tour was truly an amazing experience! I loved seeing the history in this beautiful aircraft carrier, I loved hearing the stories, but most of all I loved seeing the passion in each of the volunteers as they taught, explained, guided, and answered questions. They are true patriots and I am grateful to them.
The rest of the trip was fairly uneventful. We followed our next set of googled directions to get back on the freeway and headed north towards home.
Another stop in Baker. This is for you Mom
(no words necessary eh?)
Instead of stopping in LV like we originally planned, we decided to push through. It was pretty cool driving through the desert under a nearly full moon.
We did get a chance to have some food with some cute friends in St George. I can't believe I forgot to get pictures! But thanks A and E - it was a blast!
Before I knew it we were home. Mixed feelings about getting home. I guess it goes back to what my Grandma always used to say "We have gypsy blood in us. We just like to roam" True dat G-ma!
The funniest thing? Coming home to this:
(No that is NOT beer! Shasta was on sale.)