Ship Ahoy!

This past month has been a bit of a challenge. Jon is doing work ups for his upcoming deployment (Boooo) and has been on the carrier for most of January and February.  It is hard to not be able to talk to Jon, let alone not being able to see him. We do get to email back and forth several times a day, so I’ll take whatever I can get.

You can only imagine my excitement when I was able to see him for a few days last week. Jon’s air wing was doing the big fly over for the Centennial of Naval Aviation air show, so the carrier pulled into port. Ship ahoy!  :)

And! While he was here, he gave me a quick tour of the carrier.

Want to see?

Of course you do.

Welcome aboard!

The boat has a gazillion long corridor hallways. It literally looks like you are looking into two mirrors facing each other… it just goes on and on to infinity. Or to the end of the ship…whichever comes first.

Jon’s closet sized room.

He is actually pretty fortunate to only have one roommate. Or is it a bunkmate? Shipmate? Whatever it is… he only has one. Most of them share a room with 8 people! What! Can you even imagine? I would lose my mind. My bed curtain would always be closed in hermit mode. haha

Here is their “Ready Room”… where they go before they fly. Or to hang out. Or email me. Just Jon. Not everyone else. That would be weird.  😉

Oh, hello. :)

Next, we were off to the flight deck. Jon opened some random door and we had to step outside.

ONTO THIS!!!

What!!

Do you know the feeling you get in your stomach when you go down a big hill on a roller coaster?

Yeah, that was the feeling I had the entire time!

It may not appear that scary, but that is SIX STORIES below my feet. TO THE OCEAN. To my DEATH!

Have I mentioned that I am terrified of the ocean? Don’t get me wrong, I am fascinated with marine life. I’m fine on a boat. But the thought of floating around and swimming in the open ocean is paralyzing to me. Not to mention free falling six stories to awaiting sharks and screeching eels. So you can only imagine the near panic attack I was experiencing when I was walking the plank up to the flight deck.

And then, if it is even possible to get worse… you have to walk up these rickety stairs (in the picture below). One mis-step…one quick, light breeze and you’re on your way to the eels.

Holy anxiety, Batman.

But I must admit, the view from the top was pretty fantastic.

And pretty unbelievable that you land a jet on that thing.

A 360 view of San Diego from the flight deck…

Oh hay! Who is this handsome guy? :)

(Does anyone need a spoon to gag themselves with? haha Because there is plenty more where that came from! ha!)

And that concludes your tour of the aircraft carrier.

I hope you found the tour to be both informative and enjoyable.

I need a virtual tip jar.

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