Hey Everyone! Today was a very long, but interesting day. I got up at 6:30, and we all met downstairs at 8 with our luggages and suitcases. We said goodbye to the hotel and Hollywood in general, and hopped onto the bus. First we drove to a restaurant named "Bob's Big Boys". I ordered a Belgian waffle topped with strawberries. The food was HUGE! It was very filling and tasted delicious. Then we hoped back onto the bus from LA heading to San Diego. I slept for the whole 2 and a half hour drive. We finally arrived at the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel. I'm still rooming with Napua and Mrs. Gusman, but on the 7th floor. After we got settled in, we walked to this place with a bunch of shops. I ate a blt at this deli for lunch. Then we walked from there to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Tour. I'll admit, that it was pretty interesting. We got to see a bunch of places on the ship, the USS Midway CV-41, and just like our breakfast, it was gigantic. There were so many different things on the ship! There was a doctors office, surgery rooms, dining areas, and even a dentistry! On the top of the ship was a runway for airplanes, helicopters, and other vehicles that can fly in the air. It was very nice of our tour guide to give us a private tour, even though he was done working for the day. It was also pretty coincidental that he's been to Kauai, and he knows our middle school! He gave us a bunch of history on the different planes on the runway like the SH-3 Sea King. He told us about all the different jobs and roles when a aircraft is taking off. It is essential that everyone in the crew does their job and it must've taken a lot of perseverance to correctly land on the spot. He also told us that if a plane runs out of fuel, they have to call another plane to fuel them, mid-air. Instead of the runway being straight, it was angled so that the aircrafts could land better. If something goes wrong during the landing, which they call recovery, there's a net contraption that traps the aircraft so that the pilot can return safely. We also saw a big statue of a sailor and a nurse kissing. I learned that story behind it from our tour guide. It was when the World War II ended, everyone was celebrating and partying. A sailor saw all of this, so he grabbed the first girl he saw, who was a nurse, and kissed her. Then he walked away and got onto a subway to his girlfriends house. The tour guide said the statue was named, "the kiss", and it cost $1 million dollars to build. We later walked over there and took some photos of it. Back to the ship though, it was very cool to see all of the history behind it. Did you know, that the floor was rugged, and not flat, so that the sailors wouldn't slip and fall. Another cool fact, there are actually a bunch of scattered little dips in the floor for safety. They tie whatever there is on the deck with ropes and cables to the dips so that it won't roll off in case the ship tilts. All throughout the ship, there were these fake mannequin dummies. Although it was kind of creepy, it helped me visualize what it would be like before the ship was a museum. The tour ended, and we went to "The Cheesecake Factory". I ate pasta for dinner. Thank You Mr. M for covering this dinner and breakfast! We also made up this really fun game of "who can hold a straight face the longest without laughing". It ended up being boys against girls, whose winner is still undetermined. Then we just went back to the hotel and here we are finishing up our blogs. I'll post a slideshow below. That's it for my blog! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hi! I'm Alaysia Navor, a third year student in the CKTV Media Productions class. I'll be publishing 2 blogs each week, posted to the left. You can also check out the tabs, "Inside Scoop" and "Projects" for some of my other work.
"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor"