Saturday, May 4, 2013

USS Anchorage

The Navy has a new ship. The USS Anchorage visited the Port of Alaska this week for commissioning. They had public tours on Thursday and Friday, with the commissioning ceremony this morning. That was invite-only, and given the weather, I was glad that Mark isn't important enough to have needed to be there. We've had GORGEOUS weather lately, the snow is melting, things are thawing...and then today happens. Snow & rain. Texas snow. Joy. Munchkin was excited because she loves snow, but she's also getting excited for summer to, for all of the fun things we get to do outside!

Ok, so we've gotten off track. USS Anchorage. Thursday Mark had the day off because of staff duty on Wednesday. Two hours of sleep and we go to the mall to get to the shuttle....insanely long lines. He asks if we can go Friday instead. He's tired, grumpy, and HATES to wait in lines. He knows I don't want to deal with him dealing with being grumpy, so we decide to wait. Munchkin is sad, but gets over it. So we go again on Friday. We see a bit of a line, thinking "oh, that's not too bad..." until we turn a corner. We never found the end of the line. Munchkin had to go potty, and as we were coming out of the hallway from the bathrooms, there was a mall employee talking about the line. 30 minutes before we got there, the line was at 460 people. It had only grown. They were expecting that it was 500-600 people in line at that time. Needless to say, we didn't wait in line. When we left, about 15-20 minutes after we got there, there was a sign at the doors saying that all tours were full. Even if we had found the end of the line, I don't think we would have made it. For the record, the last tour left at 7:45pm. We were at the mall at 5:30.

I'm super bummed that we didn't get to go, but they have posted a virtual tour online! You can check it out here. I'll be letting Munchkin watch it this next week whenever she wants to, she was so disappointed that she didn't get to visit the boat!!

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