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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Day 28, Touring Battleship Texas & SanJacinto Battleground

Yesterday, the folks left us to go sightseeing.  They toured the Battleship Texas. She was in service for WWI and WWII.  Mama thought it would be pretty boring, but she actually liked it.  She said it was interesting to see how the men lived.  Visitors are allowed to walk all over the battleship.  There were many steps to climb and Mama said they were scary to her. She wore sandals yesterday not realizing she would be climbing around the ship.
Texas Battleship - it was hard to get a picture of the entire thing.


These are the steps that Mama had to climb up and down. There is no way Scout could have done them. She still can't get in the RV without help.  :::sigh::: There were three decks and the bottom was the boiler room. They were allowed to explore all of them.

Some of the many guns on the ship.

This was the bakery.

A view of the San Jacinto Monument from the ship.

Executive's Office

Kitchen

Another view of the kitchen.

One of the many bunk rooms.

These bunks were just in the hallway. No privacy.

Dentist office.

Commissary - it was loaded with cigarettes and magazines.

Another view of the commissary.

Barber Shop
There was also a sick bay, operating room, prison, laundry and probably other rooms that Mama is forgetting. Some of the rooms like the bunk rooms, sick bay and laundry rooms had a strong odor.

Many of the sailors were said to be from rural areas and living on this ship was their first time having indoor plumbing and electricity.

Boy Scouts are allowed to camp on the battleship and Mama said she bets they have a great time. There were a lot of boys that were running around the ship and they were very excited. 

The battleship is located in the bay by the San Jacinto Battleground.  That was the battle that won Texas' independence from Mexico.  Many of the soldiers that died that day are buried there.  However, look at this poor guy. They put a parking lot around him.
Grave with parking lot around it.
Mama wanted to look at the other tombstones, but Dad got attacked by mosquitoes so they had to leave.  Mosquitoes attacked them at 1 p.m. on a sunny day.

They then drove to Monument Inn. It is a restaurant that Mama had read reviews on.  It is a seafood restaurant and even though Mama is allergic to shellfish, she wanted to eat there. It is on the bay and there are views of the bay from the tables.  They did not have a window seat, but they could still see the boats and the ferry taking cars back and forth.   They serve cinnamon rolls with their bread!  She ordered a chicken fried steak.  It came with fries and a salad.
Portion sizes seem to be large in Texas.
One time Mama ordered a country fried steak at a Bob Evan's in Missouri and when the waiter came by at the end of the meal, he said to Mama "I knew it didn't stand a chance!"  Can you believe he said that to her?  Anyway, this one was too big and she brought some of it home for us.  She said it was good, but we thought it was great!  Scout didn't even want to go to bed last night because she knew there was some left in the refrigerator.

Anyway, back to the meal yesterday... Dad had the fisherman's platter. Mama didn't take a photo because Dad didn't want her taking a photo of his food.  He's strange.  LOL   They had fried mozzarella sticks as an appetizer. They both said it was a good meal, but not great.  If they are ever in the area again, they might try it again.

Monument Inn on Urbanspoon After lunch, they visited the The San Jacinto Monument.  It is 570 feet tall.  It is a memorial for the men who fought for Texas Independence.   We will write about that later as this post is getting too long and Dad just said he is ready to take me for a walk.  Duty calls, you know.

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Needs A Walk This Morning

4 comments:

  1. Hi Y'all,

    How y'all doin'? Just stoppin' by for a visit. Hope y'all are having a wonderful Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    My Human said that there is an entire cemetery in the mid-Atlantic region located in the median of a dual highway. She's never figured out how anyone can visit family buried there.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  2. Thank you for showing us all your photos, that was so interesting. It is amazing how the men used to live on the old battleship, not very good if you like being alone.
    Those boy scouts must love camping somewhere like that, our human brother is interested in anything about the war.
    What is chicken fried steak, is it chicken or steak? Looking forward to hearing about the monument.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

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  3. How interesting! I can only imagine how much the Boy Scouts would love to camp-out on the ship. I had to laugh about Dad not wanting his food photographed. How funny!

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  4. That's one big ship! I have an idea Joey mate! leave Dad at home with you guys.. with strict instructions to walk you as often as you like & Momma can go and shop and sight see and everything. Hehe! Deccy x

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