A little over a week ago (Thursday, April 19th), Rob took off work to take us to New Orleans to tour the war ships and the tall ships that were on display for Navy Fleet Week in honor of the Bi-Centennial of the War of 1812. We thought it would be a fun, learning day with the family.
When we found out about this opportunity it was just a few days before the event began but I was still able to schedule a group tour of one of the war ships for our family. You had to have 10 or more for a group tour so our family qualified:)
Here’s 3 of the war ships as we are heading there for our group tour of the USS Mitschner. We toured the one in front.
A large cargo ship going down the Mississippi River full of 18-wheeler truck boxes.
The Navy band playing as we got closer to our ship.
The kids waiting for our tour.
All of us
Our big boys with the “big” boys!
Yes, they had them armed and ready around all of the ships.
These sailors were teaching our kids all about their weapons, uniforms, and what they do before we got on the ship.
The U.S Coast Guard were present.
We passed this paddle boat on our way to eat lunch before going on the USS WASP.
After lunch, we got on the USS WASP. This was a carrier war ship and it was huge. I didn’t get a picture of the outside due to the size.
This ship had two other smaller boats/ships inside it. We were able to tour different sections of the ship, touch and feel, and get in/on the different vehicles.
Outside on the deck were more vehicles along with this helicopter.
Inside the helicopter
Yes, they got to hold the real thing!!!
Isaac exploring the training missile. Cai came over to make sure Isaac didn’t hurt himself.
These packs were heavy. Cai and Tate needed help to lift them on but not Ian.
Our crew in front of the tank:)
I love this face that Isaac makes. It makes me smile every time. Ian was carrying Isaac after we departed the ship.
A view that we had while walking down the street.
To finish our day, we decided to take a ride on one of the trolley cars.
Waiting for the trolley
Hanging out on the trolley during one of the stops.
Isaac playing with Daddy’s hat:)
It was a long day but very fun. The little ones did great especially without naps or a short nap and a lot of walking. Isaac and Asa fell asleep in the strollers while we were waiting for lunch. Most of them fell asleep on our drive home after our full day.
I think we all had a good time and many of us learn a lot. I’m thankful that Rob decided to take the day off to take us on this adventure. It was a great, family, field trip!