Blogging 365, Day 5: On A Ship


Getting ready to board the USS Iowa in San Pedro, CA.

UPDATED 1/5/13
Should you ever be in the area or have plans to be, do not pass up the opportunity to see her. Volunteers are extremely knowledgeable about this battleship’s history and the ship itself is in incredible condition considering all she’s gone through. You will not be disappointed.

While the tour is self-guided, we had the luxury of having our personal guide, Ann’s dad, who served on the USS Myles C. Fox for four years. He also was our guide on this tour back in 2008. It was great hearing his stories about his time on the ship and getting details on everything inside the USS Iowa.

And at 75, I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see him practically run down the ladders with such little effort. Keep in mind this man had a quadruple bypass just a few years ago. Well, he did also have four years to perfect his ladder-descending skills but it was still fun to watch.

I also have to admit that I got a bit emotional when I heard Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” playing while we were in the Gift Shop located on the ship’s second level. It’s a beautiful tune that strikes a nerve with anyhow but hearing it on board this ship and considering the time it was active sort of brought it all home.

While I took over 100 pictures (including the bed where FDR slept), I think this one pretty much sums up everything: a statue of the well-known V-J Day photo of the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square.


Just an absolutely fantastic day.

Read more about the USS Iowa here. She has quite a history.


Anchors Aweigh

Yesterday we took Anthony to tour a real Navy ship in Seal Beach, CA. It was interesting to see one up close and personal rather than on TV or in a movie, and walking through there was everything we expected.

But the main reason we went is because Ann’s father is a retired Navy veteran and I thought it would be cool for him to show Anthony around the ship and tell him stories of being on his own ship, the USS Myles C. Fox, what does what, etc. Who knows–this may be one of the last times Ann’s dad ever boards a Navy vessel and probably the only time with his grandson. So in that way it was a special day indeed.

A full set of pics can be seen here, where you’ll see Anthony holding a real unloaded gun (that, not being a gun nut, I wasn’t real excited about), me behind the wheel of a firetruck, and Ann’s hair getting sucked into a vent. Fun stuff!

But above all else, I think this one sums up our day perfectly:

Anchors aweigh, boys.