August 7, 2014
Two weeks ago, Mike and I explored San Diego while on vacation. We went for Comic-Con International, but arrived two days early so we could do touristy things and relax before the craziness of the con. The first day, we toured the USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier turned Naval museum.
This thing was HUGE, y’all. You have an idea of how big they are, but you don’t really know until you’re on one. It’s literally a city on the ocean. There’s a barbershop and a post office. It was a site to see, and super fun to explore. Below is a mix of shots from my rented Fuji x100s and iPhone.
The chains below held the anchors. The audio tour said this room was so loud when these chains were released that it could easily damage your hearing.
We met an amazing WWII veteran in the engine room. He taught us that while working at this wall of valves and dials (below, left), an engineer could look in a mirror above him to check on the boilers far behind him (below, right). It was fascinating, and he told us because he’d never seen anyone take a photo of the hand-lettered “Ahead Astern.” I was the first :)
We climbed into the bunks. I’m sitting on the very top and Mike is peaking out from below. There was hardy room to breathe in these areas. Remind me never to join the Navy.
This poor sailor was thrown in the brig. They had several pretty realistic mannequins and animatronics on board.
We had lunch outside at the stern of the ship. The weather was absolutely beautiful.
This was my view looking up, heading to the bridge.
The deck was full of different aircraft, from jets to helicopters. And that’s the famous Coronado bridge in the background.
Thank you to all our servicemen who protect our freedom. It was truly humbling to tour this floating city. I’ll be posting more photos from our trip a little later, so come back soon!