Friday, October 23, 2009

Schooner Freedom, St. Augustine

This was the first field trip of the year with the Arlington Explorers home schooling group.

First off, let me say that I am not overly fond of water--in fact, being on any boat scares the dickens out of me. So why did I plan, of all things, a boat excursion for our homeschooling group. Honestly, at the time, I don't know. But as it got closer to the day of the field trip, I got more and more excited. We were going to be on the type of boat that was used during the War of 1812 and the Civil War. How cool would that be? Still I was a little apprehensive--but we were going to have fun.

Before we even got on the boat, we got to see dolphins in the water. OK, the day was starting off good.

As I met the crew, I was starting to feel even better. The crew was fantastic--they mingled with the kids and let them help with some of the tasks of sailing a schooner.

My family had an experience that they would never forget.

By the way, that gorgeous woman is my mom!

Curly and Angel got to hoist the jib sail. Curly said that it was real hard to pull. Oh, we also learned a way to remember the sails: JIB STAYS beFORE the MAIN. I think I got that right--I will have to ask Curly in the morning.

Curly asked Captain John about the knots on the boat. He said that he tied most of them.

He then called her to him to show her how to tie a hitch . . .

. . . and splice two pieces of rope together.

The Captain and Crew are wearing Naval Uniforms (I don't remember the year).

He gave Curly the task of splicing two pieces of rope together


Even my husband enjoyed talking to Captain John.


If you would be interested in experiencing the Schooner Freedom yourself, you can contact them at (904) 810-1010 or at or check out their website.

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