Aug 16, 2016
On Saturday we visited the National Naval Civil War museum, just checking off every single thing there is to do in small town Columbus, GA. When we lived here before it was really just me and two small babies. Chris was away all the time, which kind of makes this stage of life laughable since we feel like we never see him now. With that being said, I didn't have a real interest in exploring four years ago. I was just trying to survive. But now, we really do try to get out and see all the things Trip Advisor says to do.
Atlanta is a little over an hour away, and we have been to the aquarium and Coca Cola museum there, so I don't really feel the need to go there. Except to go shopping which I have planned coming up. I need my in-store fix. Anyway, back to Saturday.
The kids were pretty excited to go because we have driven by the big ship out front many times, and they always say "MOM! can we go on that boat, please please please?" I always say, yes I will take them. So Saturday was the day. As I was getting the kids ready to go Chris ran down the stairs and said he wanted to come too. I'm not sure what the kids were more excited about at that point, museum or dad.
I totally loved this museum! I am not quite the history buff that Chris is, full disclosure-- I got many detentions for falling asleep in history and government class in high school. But, as I get older I like going to museums and am just as enamored as the kids are with what they see. So we got in here and right away the kids wanted to touch the remains of the CSS Jackson. Well, that is a federal crime according to the sign posted, so it was much more about not disgracing the artifact, which have you met Pierce? Not an easy task.
I am glad the self guided tour took us to things that the kids could go in and touch. They loved walking around the replicas and getting to see a bunch of artifacts that brought about lots of questions. Which I was not able to answer.
We walked around inside and tried to take in all the history surrounding us, but there was this echoing that we just couldn't shake. It sounded like little voices scream/whining "where is the big boat? when do we get to go on the big boat? is the big boat even here?" So....to the Water Witch we went.
This full scale replica is actually pretty awesome! The boys were in war reenactment heaven. Or a more updated version of pirates vs Star Wars characters. Which wouldn't be complete without some guns right? So while I was the Captain of the ship, my second in command went back to the gift shop to pick up some weaponry. The boys spotted the cap guns and rifles the second we walked in, and we told them they were not getting them.
We suck at saying no.
So the kids then got to play on this glorious ship, and use every ounce of imagination they could find. And Chris and I got to sweat our asses off.
Perfect day if you ask me.