Last Saturday Dec 01 was the Navy Open Day where civilians are allowed on board the ship. This time it was the USS Rushmore. It was huge though according to Michael who works on them all the time, its the smaller one.
We were supposed to start early as family members were allowed in earlier between 0900-0945. Unfortunately yours truly was late. You see, it was 'hair-day' for me so by the time I was all dolled-up, it was already 9am. We then went to pick Julita up and by the time we got to the parking arae, the queue was already very long. It was also very windy and so COLD! How long do we have to wait before we got to go onboard? Almost 2hrs. tsk tsk tsk. Even then there was 'traffic' inside the ship as tours were conducted in a group of 10 or something like that.
A few facts about the inside of the ship. Besides the regular things like laundry room, dining hall, 'hospital', they also have a post office! Can you believe that? We all thought that was pretty funny. They also have atm machine onboard. Pretty cool I must say.
The have a separate birthing for the men and the women and the women's birthing area has a curfew time whereby the men are not allowed in and none for the men. We were showed the birthing area for the marine (if im not mistaken) and my goodness, they were small. Michael tried to lie on the 'bed' and it barely even fit him.
We didnt finish the tour as all 3 of us were tired, hungry, cold and a bit dizzy. Yup, you can feel the ship swaying a little bit and it was not fun. So we decided to cut short the tour and left.