We started day 4 off super early, and it was a good thing because our navigator miss-navigated us a couple times on our way to Pearl Harbor. We eventually made it there, and spent the majority of our morning, and afternoon touring the Memorial of Pearl Harbor.
We rented headphones, and did self-tours through the museums.
Check out my cute tourist hubby-- classic khaki shorts, and plaid shirt. Not something you'll see him in often!
Why is it that all of my travel companions look guilty?
We took a ferry ride to the USS Arizona Memorial.
Mercy hospital ship we passed on our way.
The memorial was built over the top of the actual sunken battle ship, the USS Arizona.
You can see parts of the ship sticking up above the water, like the gun turret here.
A bit of history. . .
This is a list of names of the men who died aboard the ship the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, December 7, 1941. 1,177 men died on board, and 229 of those bodies were recovered. That leaves 948 men entombed within the sunken ship. 337 members of the crew survived the attack, and these men have the choice to be buried in the ship with their fellow crew members at the time of their death. We were told there would be a burial taking place the week after we visited. When this occurs, a diver takes their cremated remains, in a capsule, down into the ship, and seals them inside. There is a big military ceremony when a burial takes place.
There are openings on the memorial where you can see parts of the ship below.
I found it amazing that oil is still leaking from the ship- they estimate 2 quarts per day.
We met two survivors who were stationed at Pearl Harbor.
The USS Bowfin Submarine.
Later that afternoon we spent some time on "our" beach, and went snorkeling, boogie boarding, swimming, and kayaking.
We were surrounded by a corral reef, so the snorkeling was really pretty good, and we were able to see lots of fish, and sea turtles.
It's never a good thing when you plunge your face in the water, and your snorkeling mask isn't sealed.
Here is yet another sunset. We spent every night we could on the beach at sunset.
This is why. . .
We finished our night at Jameson's by the Sea Restaurant.
And we had a little friend join us.
Our lovely travel buddies.