Nina and Pinta

My oldest son and I had the opportunity to visit the replicas of the Nina and Pinta when they came to Gulf Shores recently. The ships will be traveling the Florida coast and then up the Mississippi visiting various ports. They will end up in Minnesota for the summer and head back this way. If you get a chance to visit and take a tour it’s worth it, in my opinion. If you homeschool, get a group together so they can talk to the students about the ships.

The ships are small but there’s plenty to learn about them. We visited both.  The only gripe I’m aware of is that some people felt they should have been able to look about the ship down below. That is where the crew lives and the quarters is quite small.  In the narrative, we learned that is where the animals were kept so it’s designed differently now, being the living quarters, than originally. All living and work took place on deck. I don’t feel like I missed out by not going down there.

Hope you get a chance to visit.

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Coastal Cemetaries

I read an article this morning about Louisiana coastal cemetaries and how they are becoming water logged due to erosion from the Gulf and surrounding wetlands. Some are under water; some are a barren wasteland of what it used to be due to salt water encroachment during storms. You can read it here.

Cemetaries are supposed to last forever.  They’re a place to lay to rest our relatives and place where we can feel their presence when we visit.  I view cemetaries as historical landmarks.  I’ve enjoyed visiting old ones, searching for clues as to the history of the area, taking rubbings from headstones, searched for the oldest headstone, the youngest person buried there, the largest family plot, etc.  You can find, by dates of the majority of the buried, what they may have died from: civil war injuries and deaths, yellow fever, and other maladies that swept through areas at specific times that historians have recorded. 

My husband and I (with the kids tagging along) have taken road trips to visit historic cemetaries or the pay homage to famous southern baseball players, musicians or other historical figures (since we live in the South). 

My family is buried in Baltimore, MD, on a hillside far from water.  I don’t know how I’d feel about their cemetary being washed away like the ones on the Louisiana coast.  Sad, perhaps.  I don’t know that I’d do anything to move the deceased but I’d have to be put in that situation to really find my feelings. Nothing in the article I’ve referenced says the families are moving their relatives. 

Life comes and goes, as do the waves of the Gulf or the many oceans.  The dead will remain at rest where ever they’re placed. Maybe they should just be left alone. 

What do you think?