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USS Midway Museum

12 Aug

After the zoo and the museum we headed down to the San Diego bay to tour the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier.

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I know aircraft carriers look big but it’s not until you are actually on one that you really ‘get’ just how ginormous they actually are.

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The USS Midway is permanently docked in the bay as a museum.

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We boarded her

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and took the audio tour.

Audio tours are great.  Much better than reading signs, which, let’s be honest, not all of us are great at doing.

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The tour of the carrier goes for ages.  Most of the time I had no idea where I was on the ship.  Without the numbers on the sign and the map in my hand, I would have been quite lost.

Did I mention this beast was massive?

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I also want to know how the men ran through these hallways during emergencies with all of these raised doorway things.

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I loved how the Midway has been set up – with the audio tour and the visual displays.  You can easily loose yourself in the experience and step back in time.

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Of course the boys found all the interactive elements of the ship.

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And when they were bad we threw them in the brigg.

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The deck was filled with all manner of planes, each with their own audio story and some you could climb up into.

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The views from the deck were impressive.

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Sadly we didn’t get time to climb up onto the bridge.  There was another long line (remember this is the land of long lines) and closing hour was fast approaching.  We opted to spend the time checking out the views and of course the souvenir shop.

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On the way back to the car (our beloved Dodge…do we sell these in Australia?), we stopped briefly to check out the iconic statue of ‘The Kiss’ – modeled after a famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse at the end of WW2.  Apparently the statue was a temporary feature until nearly a million dollars was raised to make it a permanent feature next to the USS Midway.  I think it’s a nice touch.

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And just because you all wanted to see the lovely Dodge again.

Oh and I can’t tell you how many times I mistook the driver’s side for the passenger’s side.  I just couldn’t get used to that topsy turvy land.  And they call us Downunder!  Have I mentioned that their light switches function the opposite way to ours too?  And everyone walks on the wrong side as well – I found myself forever walking against the flow.  Even the escalators are all mixed up!  Messes with your head, it does.

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So you’re thinking we went home after this….nope, still daylight hours to use.

Next stop, a boat cruise around the bay.

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2 Comments

Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Family Events, Field Trips, Geography, US Holidays

 

2 responses to “USS Midway Museum

  1. Petra

    August 12, 2013 at 7:19 am

    That ship is a fancy museum isn’t it? How cool! They must have money to allow a perfectly good ship like that just stay in dock as a museum!!! LOVE “the kiss”. Man, they do things large over there!

     
    • Tracey

      August 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Hey, they are three ‘in use’ carriers just across the bay and we saw at least two submarines and more helicopters and jets than we could count. National security is definitely not an issue over there. Oh and they definitely do everything bigger. Do not order ‘large’ anywhere, cause you’ll get it.

       

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