Monday, February 06, 2006
We are studying Washington State History this year at the same time as our friends and we get together once a week for some related activity. One of the requirements that we gave the older boys, 8th and 9th graders, was to do a report. They could pick from a whole huge list of topics as they relate to Washington State. Our son chose the Navy and our friends' son chose the Coast Guard. At the end of January we went to tour the Coast Guard Museum in Seattle. It was a small museum, but our host made it a most worthwhile trip. He was a retired Coast Guardsman and he knew just about everything there was to know about the Guard. The museum was one large room that contained many interesting items. There were several model ships and he knew how long they were, how many men worked on them, when they were used etc. They had actual items off of some of the old ships and even the original warning light from Alki Point, before there was ever a lighthouse there. I think we all learned a lot. We didn't take pictures inside but have this picture of us all in front of the building. After we got inside, he told us that we weren't allowed to take pictures on the base - the funny thing was that a young guardsman took the picture for us.