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San Diego

January 16, 2013

Thanks to WordPress for making it so much easier to upload pictures to the blog!  Now I can share that many more vacation photos with much less effort!  Lucky you.  Or not.

So, onward–

On Saturday, we drove down to San Diego proper and visited the USS Midway aircraft carrier.  Three years ago we toured the USS Hornet in Alameda, which is quite a bit smaller than the Midway, so I was surprised at how huge it was.  The ship just kept going and going and going.   It was really fascinating though.  Actually, the smells fascinated me.  The laundry still smelled like a laundry and the dentist and doctor areas still smelled like medicine.

E in the brig:

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All the boys had to take a turn in the barber chair.

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Looking down to where munitions would have been stored:

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There were a number of veterans who had served on the ship who were on hand to give tours or just talk about their experiences.  We talked to a former head cook who had the responsibility to provide four meals a day for 4500 sailors.  I can’t even imagine.

There were a number of airplanes in the hangar and helicopters out on the flight deck.  DH could tell you what they all were.  I have no idea, but the boys had fun sitting in the cockpits when able.

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It was a beautiful day.

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Looking out towards Coronado Island:

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After the ship tour, we ate lunch on the boardwalk and then drove to Old Town and the Mormon Battalion Visitor’s Center.

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We learned all about the Mormon Battalion which was a group of about 500 men recruited by the US Army to go fight in the war with Mexico during the time the Mormon pioneers were crossing the plains to Utah.  They marched from Iowa all the way to San Diego but never had to engage in battle.  The visitor’s center had a really nice presentation and afterward the boys got to pan for gold.

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We’re not sure where DH disappeared to so we had the official picture taken without him.YourPhoto

After that, we drove up to see the San Diego temple.

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Sunday we went to church with the cousins, then hit the road for Anaheim, Embassy Suites, and chicken dinner at Knott’s Berry Farm.

More to come . . .

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