Thu 25 Aug 2011
Our second day in port was one of the most important days of our ships voyage. It was day the Golden Bear got an intensive hull inspection…both inside and outside..underwater.
As the day began, cadets lucky enough to have a day off, scrambled off the ship to all parts of Southern California.
Pier side, things got interesting fast. As a diving crew began to prepare for a live camera inspection of all parts under water. The diving crew would film an inspection of our ships rudder and propeller. They would also scan over the rest of the ship’s hull, from bow to stern. The camera, mounted on the divers helmet would transmit what he was looking at to a viewing screen inside the specially built truck.
As divers scanned the vital parts out side, another ABS ( American Bureau of Shipping ) surveyor checked out the interior structure inside selected tanks *( remember that little trip I did last week in a tank! )
For several hours divers inspected all of our ship’s bottom.
Marad surveyor Sujit Mukherjee takes a break to report what he sees inside the viewing truck.
Chief Engineer Bill Davidson and ABS surveyor (CMA graduate Bill Walsh ) confer over items seen in a recent tank inspection.
Our ship got a very clean bill of health from all its inspections. Working in the water might have been exhausting, but today’s weather was a very unusual hot and humid. Maybe the diver got the best part of this work today……
LIBERTY for those those lucky enough to have a day off…..
Each person will do something different with their liberty (time off). A lot will depend on just how much free time you have and who you have the time off with.
Walking towards downtown going towards the Gas Lamp District the skyscrapers are tall and the clouds were beautiful.
Another view of the clouds. And some classic Southern California architecture
The Hard Rock Cafe. This was one of the very few “franchise restaurants” in addition to this cafe, Hard Rock also has a very swank hotel in the Quarter near the New Ball park.…..The choices of original restaurants were so vast in the Gas Lamp District. At night it was a tough but wonderful choice trying to figure where to dine. Next to Mexico, you know this town has more than few fantastic Mexican restaurants. The best of the best were located in “Old Town”. Hey lets be honest…anyone ( well almost anyone ) can make a great taco or enchilada. What make the dining here so special is the atmosphere. The Music, the people, You just have fun eating out here.
Yet the city is rich with a fishing tradition. San Diego once had the country’s largest tuna fleet. The fleet was dominated by great Italian and Portuguese crews and captains. The families brought with them a spirit of dining that is popular world wide. The spirit of Classic Italian dining is in all the districts. Best known is “Little Italy”. This is where anyone that craves a classic pasta and great tasting bottle of wine has to check out.
The US Grant Hotel. At night, one of the most spectacular sites in this city.
LET’S GET AWAY AND GO SKY SAILING
Taking a look at Southern California from above!
Sky Sailing was about two hours from where the Golden Bear was docked. The trip out to Warner Springs went through a lot of desert area. You expected John Wayne or Clint Eastwood to come out and save you from the Indians.
2nd Mate Dave Coleman drove us out to go gliding. He had gone glider on a previous excursion and wanted to share the experience with his son Matt and the rest of us.
Nurse Carole McClain (in the glider), 2nd Mate Dave Coleman,Galley Staff Derek Frazier, Galley Staff Matt Coleman and myself Roxanna Andrews (FTV).
Nurse Carole McClain
Matt Coleman and Glider Pilot Garret Willat.
Derek Frazier. All three of them signed up for the Aerobatic Flight which lasted approximately 20 to 25 minutes. During the flight they are allowed to fly the plane and they all did. Pilot Willat took them through barrel rolls, stalls and flying straight up. At the end they all were elated….very best time they ever had.
This is the tow plane and it is operated by Garret’s mom. It is a family operation—Mom, Dad and two sons.
The glider being towed down the runway for liftoff.
In the sky gliding.
I took a different ride—no aerobatics for me. Pilot Garret took me up and I took pictures.
This is the tow rope. Garret attaches it to the front of the glider.
The red knob in the middle is the tow release. When hooking to the tow plane you have to pull that ant the pilot attaches it to the nose of the glider. When in flight you have to pull it to release you from the tow plane. You, the passenger have to do it because the pilot is behind you and does not have access to it.
View from the cockpit of the tow plane towing you.
Actor Lon Chaney had a spread out in this area. If you look out the right direction you can see clear to Mexico.
Coming down for a landing. A bit rough….What fun!!
Coming back to the ship and yet another beautiful unset…some things never change down here!