A Tour of the USS LST 325

Tour of the USS LST 325

The USS LST 325 made a brief visit for a few days to Cincinnati, Ohio for public tours. I first observed the transport ship from afar on the Ohio River in Evansville, Indiana, a few years ago. The ship resides in Evansville most of the time. We were really excited to get the opportunity to tour the inside while it was in Cincy.

USS LST 325 tour

LST stands for Landing Ship, Tank and this ship was the largest one ever designed to drop off transport on a hostile beach. What’s even more amazing is that the LST is still operable today.

USS LST 325

 USS LST 325

You start the tour on the lower level.

Inside the USS LST 325

One of the first things we noticed was the Greek writing as we entered the ship.

Greek writing on USS LST 325

The USS LST 325 was sold to the Greek Navy after it was no longer needed in the war. Years  later, a group of retired U.S. Veterans acquired the LST when they found out that is was going to be scrapped. One of the conditions was that the Greek writing and art had to stay. You will notice those signs and symbols along your tour throughout the ship.

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The Upper Level was really interesting because we were able to observe the guns upclose and get an idea of how huge the ship really is.

Scope view on USS LST 325

Gun on USS LST 325

The LST 325 had 54 volunteers helping in a variety of ways. Make sure that you talk to them and ask lots of questions because they know so much about the ship. It’s also great to know that money used for the tours helps keep the ship in operation. It was definitely worth the $20 for the two of us to walk on such a historical ship.

Main Deck on USS LST 325

Main Deck on USS LST 325

 USS LST 325

Rivet on USS LST 325

The Jeep on display was actually used in the show MASH.

Jeep USS LST 325

Captain's Cabin on USS LST 325

Life preserver on the USS LST 325

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View of main deck of USS LST 325

Steering Wheel USS LST 325

Lettering of USS LST 325

Axe on USS LST 325

Bottom of Higgins boat USS LST 325

Gun on USS LST 325

My husband and I each have grandparents who fought in WW2. One of my husband’s grandfathers was even stationed on a ship just like this one in the war and his job was to work the gun on the upper deck. It was really interesting to get a sense of perspective for what his grandfather’s position would have been like. I can only imagine how scary it would be in battle.

USS LST 325

USS LST 325

signage of USS LST 325

Higgins boat on USS LST 325

upper deck of USS LST 325

axe on USS LST 325

light on USS LST 325

The LST 325 Memorial resides in Evansville, Indiana most of the year so you’ll want to check the calendar for details so that you can see it for yourself.

USS LST 325

You can find out more about the USS LST 325 from the website. 

USS LST 325

Learning How Gardens Grow – Volunteering at a Community Garden

I’ll admit I’ve never really cared much about gardening.  My grandparents did it in the country but I was more concerned about what was on their limited cable channels during my visits as a teenager.  My other grandpa grew tomatoes in an urban setting, so did my dad in the suburbs, and so did my inlaws in the country-burbs….but I still didn’t really take advantage of learning from any of  them either.

This journey of trying to live to the fullest, has evolved me into a more curious person as I grow older.  It has challenged me to look and appreciate the process that people invest in creating and eating healthy foods.

community garden

We went to visit the urban garden of artist Rick Beerhorst this past summer.

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Intro to Belly Dancing Class

I missed out on a belly dancing lesson a few years ago and it’s been on my bucket list ever since.  I found out about a local belly dancing class that you could take as a drop in class for $5.

The dance studio was located in a plaza and showcased a picture of our instructor that looked like Janet Jackson from a far.

Sign me up if I could go in like me and come out with confidence and abs like that.

 

The atmosphere of the studio felt like a club with the strobe lights and loud music…. minus the creepy guys and cheesy pick up lines. The studio used to be a movie rental store before, so the stars on the wall seemed to fit the atmosphere. I watched a packed zumba class that was ending just before our class began. Judging by the last class, this was going to be a place where fitness meets fun.

Our instructor showed me the belt that was available for purchase. I decided to wait and see if I liked the class before committing to purchase the accessory.  You can also purchase them online for a bit more.

Belly Dancing Class

We began our class with moving our hips. The challenge was to move your hip without moving your knees. It takes a bit of focus to not cheat because the movement doesn’t feel natural in the beginning. We moved on to learning other steps and movements. She moved and we attempted to follow.

It was comical to watch the contrast between my friends and I and our instructor. We were having fun in our attempts. She made everything look fluid and I made it look like convulsions.

I felt like my hips moved like the scene in Seinfeld when Elaine dances at a wedding.


Our instructor was originally from Mexico and performed with many big acts.  She made all of the moves seem fluid and had lots of energy. She was also really great at taking the time to make sure that we were getting the hang of the combinations.

Overall, all of us really enjoyed our class and felt it was a fun workout. I do think the class would have been even better if I had the belt.   It would have been great to hear the noise my hips were attempting to make.

Belly Dancing Class

If you want to try a belly dancing class, check out the website at Heidi Garza Dance Studio

 

Or check out this site to find a local belly dancing class in a city near you.

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare in the Park

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My kids are pretty used to trying new things all time, so I didn’t receive too much resistance for checking out Shakespeare in the Park in our community.  I did come prepared and had the boys bring some of their favorite Star Wars books in case they didn’t like it and got bored.

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