Sunday, February 21, 2010

U.S.S. Kidd

Saturday, February 20, 2010

U.S.S. Kidd Tour in Baton Rouge

The USS Kidd Battleship in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana offers and fun and rewarding educational experience for you and your family. I took my children to downtown to check out the U.S.S. (United States Ship) Kidd on (7-06-07). Anyway, Tyler and Haley seemed to really be interested in all the cool things that were on the ship. It was a cloudy summer morning and the weather cooperated long enough with no rain for us to be able to walk around all levels of the ship and spend plenty of time in the adjacent museum. We were even able to park right at the entrance which was great. The cost for me was $7.00 and Tyler was $4.00 and Haley got in free.

Tyler and Haley posed for a picture on the right hand side of the ship near where a Japanese Kamikaze plane crashed into the the USS Kidd killing 38 crewmen and wounding 55. I posted this picture for you to see on the left hand menu. You can also see the depth charges here used to attack submarines. There are pictures of the actual plane heading for the Kidd in the museum and fragments from that explosion.

We made our way down some very steep steps down below to where the Kidd's sailors slept aboard this battleship. Now being a fairly tall man like I am, I would have had a lot of trouble sleeping in one of these bunks. Tyler and Haley had plenty of room here as they tried a bunk bed out. That photo is found at the end of this posting. Another picture on the left menu shows Tyler searches for enemy planes back on deck.

Later on as we walked across the Baton Rouge attraction we came upon the large anti-aircraft gun that was at the front of the ship. It was a chance for Tyler to sit and turn the wheels to make the gun aim back and forth. He was thrilled to pretend to be aim for enemy planes as Haley wished she was big enough to do the same.

We began to get a little hot and sweaty on this humid Louisiana summer morning so we headed over towards the exit and took a picture with an employee of the Kidd's named Tabitha. She was nice and told us some more things about the battleship and agreed for me to take her picture for this website and Tyler found a battle helmet to pose with. By now, we were all ready to head back to the cool air conditioning in the museum and get some water.

Here we are back in the cool A/C in the museum. We all walked around a bit and cooled off and checked out all the models boats and many other interesting historical items in the naval museum. Included on the lower left menu bar is a picture of Haley near a shiny old diving helmet. We had a really nice time at the USS Kidd Battleship and museum.

I think that a tour of this historical landmark is a great idea for something fun to do for you and or your family in Baton Rouge. I hope you enjoy your visit to the Kidd just like we did.

Friday, February 19, 2010

U.S.S. Kidd Lower Deck Sleeping Quarters

Monday, February 15, 2010

The One Second Blues

My memories of the 1972 LSU-Ole Miss game in Tiger Stadium are quite enjoyable and precious to me. I was about 8 years old at the time and went to the game with my father and a friend of his and his young son. My father later passed away of a heart attack when I was nine, so this memory with him was extra special to me.
Well, things seemed bleak for the Tigers as fans were leaving the stadium early to beat the traffic rush. We stayed and the Tigers ended up with one more drive with former LSU great Bert Jones leading the Tiger offense. Jones ended up with only one second left on the clock on about the Ole Miss 20 yard line with the Tigers trailing 16-10. Ole Miss fans would later complain that the one second left on the clock should have run off on the previous play and should have ended the game. Anyway, Bert Jones found halfback Brad Davis in the end zone for a tying touchdown on the games last play and of course the remaining Tiger fans went wild. Showing no time left on the clock, kicker Rusty Jackson came in and booted the extra point through the uprights and the Tigers came out with a thrilling 17-16 victory over arch rival Ole Miss. This game will always be a special one to me as it was a great childhood memory to share with my dad.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A visit to Baton Rouge's Chuck E. Cheese's on Siegen Lane

If you have not been to a Baton Rouge Chuck E Cheese restaurant yet with your kids, you're missing out on loads of fun. This place is always a favorite for families and a dream place for the kids. Be ready for lots of people to be there catching in on the fun. We recently (July '07) went to the newer Chuck E Cheese on Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge and we all had a great time. A picture of Tyler and Haley ready for some fun is in the left menu.

We were quite surprised at the large amount of people that were at this popular pizza place at only 5:00 PM. We usually try to go out to eat early in order to avoid the crowds and waiting lines for tables. We had a coupon that my wife obtained from work that was for a large pizza and 100 tokens for $30. This was a very good deal as 100 tokens would normally cost $25 according to my wife. We also ordered some hot wings and drinks too.

We had to search hard to find an open available table once we made our way with out drinks and little number marker that the waitresses use to bring your order to you. We decided to go ahead and play some games while we waited, since we had so many tokens. The kids were not interested in sitting down and ran off with tokens in hand to play some games.

I let the ladies go off together first to play games while I "guarded" our table. Tyler's old enough that he can run around and play games by himself. There is a security system in place at the entrance to prevent a child leaving with a stranger. Tyler agreed to pose for a picture for me at a game that was close to our table. He's a good sport when it comes to posing for pictures for me and his mom.

My wife came back after a few minutes and gave me a turn with Haley and the games. The rides for the smaller kids are all in the same area together. I spent some time following Haley around from rides and games. One game was sort of like an electronic coloring board. She also had a blast making here way through the climbing tunnel. Haley really enjoyed the monster truck ride.

The pizza and hot wings arrived at our table and we took a break from playing games to eat. The pepperoni pizza was quite good and so were the hot wings and sauce. It was hard for the kids to concentrate on eating as they were so excited to go back and play more games.
If you're in the mood for serious food and fun with the kids and don't mind the crowds, the Baton Rouge Chuck E Cheese Restaurant at Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge offers lots of games and indoor rides. It almost certain that your family will have a great time. We had plenty of fun as you can tell.