Pandemic Times Can be Nostalgic Times

Real Estate Agent

I've found that pandemic times can also be nostalgic times.  Yesterday, in the spirit of TBT (Throw Back Thursday) I was reminiscing about an adventure I went on back in 1995.  My son was serving in the United States Navy at the time, and he invited me to go along as a guest on a 4 day cruise aboard the Aircraft Carrier, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk.  We were to travel from Seattle to San Diego.  It was the very first, and the very last cruise I’ve been on. 

What many may not know is that the length of an aircraft carrier is approximately three football fields.  They are about 18 stories tall.  You don’t realize how many stories there are, because half are below water.  What they don’t tell you before you board is the only elevator between floors is for airplanes, not people.  And, the steps consist of ladders.  It was fun to watch those sailors hold onto the ladder rails, lift their feet and slide down.  I didn’t manage to master that skill, and when we docked in San Diego, they nearly had to carry me off the ship, because my thighs were sore from climbing ladders.  

The carrier is actually a floating city with 5200 Navy men and women, plus Marines that handle the ordinance.  My son is U.S. Navy Retired now, but I remember the cruise like yesterday.

The pictures below show me doing a little target practice off the flight deck of the ship.  I got a kick out of the 50 caliber machine gun.  If you are wondering if all those empty shells around me were fired by me, that would be a definite NO.  I had my share of them though!


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Comments (34)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 25, 2020 07:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved this post Myrl, now on a side note how did you do as a Marksman? Sharp Shooter or Expert??:))Endre

Jul 25, 2020 10:25 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Not only shooting a 50cal but the entire four day trip. A fantastic memory to last a lifetime!

Jul 26, 2020 05:04 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

WOW Myrl Jeffcoat What a great experience. I didn't know the Navy allowed civilians to cruise. 

Jul 26, 2020 05:58 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - You're right about many ships being scrapped.  As it turns out, the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk has been decommissioned.  Here's a little more about it's history:

Throughout its lifetime, Kitty Hawk has had 407,507 arrested carrier landings and 448,235 catapult launches. Now decommissioned, the ship will remain in Bremerton for the foreseeable future as part of the Navy Inactive Ships Program. For more news from the fleet, visit

Jul 26, 2020 06:36 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Nina Hollander - My experience on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk was nothing like I had imagined beforehand.  I'm really glad I had the opportunity.  

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - It seems hard to believe it was 25 years ago.  In many ways it seems like yesterday.  But, I'm fairly certain the ship ladders would be more of a challenge for me today! 

George Souto - I could have sat and watched those guys zip down those ladders all day.  Absolutely amazing! 

Jul 26, 2020 06:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I remember when living in Napa. that there is a decomissioned naval shipyard at Mare Island, and another one along 580 near one of the bridges.  It is a sad sight. A

Jul 26, 2020 06:42 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Kathy Streib - There was so much to experience on the cruise that I never felt trapped or confined!  5200 men.  I suspect there were no more than two dozen women aboard!  I was amazed at how good the food was!  Thanks for the feature on your What I Learned This Week list. 

Endre Barath, Jr. - My first shots weren't that great, but after a few rounds I got the hang of it.  I received my "Hawk Warfare Specialist" certificate while aboard. 

Kat Palmiotti - I have warm memories of that adventure. 

Doug Dawes - The guest cruises are also known as "Tiger" cruises.  I'm guessing there were no more than 30 of us along on this ride.  Here's a little more about the history of them:

Jul 26, 2020 06:51 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Love it! Wonderful post!

We have definitely explored

our local Aircraft Carrier here in San Diego,the USS Midawy & Museum.USS Midway



Jul 26, 2020 07:01 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

What a wonderful experience to have with your son. A memory to cherish.

Jul 26, 2020 09:59 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat - those aircraft carrier are amazing.  Nice that you got to sail one.

Jul 26, 2020 10:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What fun memories, Myrl. That must have been quite the adventure!!


Jul 26, 2020 08:28 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. I love the amazing adventure you took with your son. The photos are priceless. Thank you for sharing.

Jul 27, 2020 06:30 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Myrl Jeffcoat  No one can say you don't  live an interesting life 

Jul 27, 2020 12:33 PM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Wow! I'm envious. My dad was U.S Navy. He did a stint in the Honor Guard in 1963-1964, where he was part of JFK's funeral. He then boarded once of those Navy ships and was sent to Iceland in 1964. He rode around the world until 1967, when he finished up and came home to his wife and baby (me!). Sometimes makes me wish I had gone the military route when I finished high school.

Jul 28, 2020 06:24 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Myrl: This was such an interesting blog!  Thanks for sharing all that info--I've seen just photos/video of a navy ship but didn't know so much was under the water--and an elevator that can hold an airplane!   THis was a nice break read in the middle of the day.

Jul 28, 2020 10:02 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Thanks for sharing your experience.  I hope you have a great day.

Jul 31, 2020 01:56 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


I guess no one is goig to mess with you girl. Hard to outrun 50 cal bullets.

cheers cvc :-))

Aug 03, 2020 09:48 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl Jeffcoat, I think your post was one of the funniest I have read on ActiveRain... and during this Pandemic, who does not need a good laugh.  I do recall my youngest son invited on a 7 day, Navy Tiger Cruise from Honolulu to San Diego.  I also recall trying to get information from the Marines handling the cruise at the Makalapa Gate at Pearl Harbor.  There are strict restrictions at that Marine Gate and the Marines are not allowed to talk to anyone.  I came close to almost getting jailed before everything got straightened out and before we found the Navy Ship my Navy son just arrived on from Japan.  WE both have memories, but yours are so funny.   

Aug 07, 2020 05:59 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

WOW! Myrl Jeffcoat - I always knew you had an incredible life but never knew about the adventure you went on with your son on that cruise! Seeing you fire that weapon on that ship makes me realize, you're a greater woman than Annie Oakley!

You raised some very fine children. I can understand why you are happy and proud of who they became. I am hoping you have more adventures with your family members, especially your grandchildren. There's something about youth that keeps us youthful.

I wish you happiness and life's greatest adventures always. 

Oct 16, 2020 01:22 PM