The San Jacinto monument marks where the Texans defeated Santa Anna and his army after the loss of the Alamo. I don't remember too much about my past visits there other than we did our girl's camp 'hikes' there to prep for camp. The monument is reallly reallly tall and we rode the elevator to the top and looked out at the ship channel. I'm pretty sure all of those pictures are on my big camera. Ben would love to have spent all day reading the signs but Caroline was not about to let him do that! So I've promised Ben someday he can go back by himself to look through the museum portions of the monument.
A quick drive down a little road was the Battleship Texas. I remember going when I was little and there wasn't much to see--maybe because a lot of parts of the ship were closed. However, they have really added to what you can go see on the ship and it was so fascinating. Caroline loved running and climbing up and down all of the tall and narrow stairs. It was like a playground for Ben too and I really loved Ben telling me all about the ship.
It's the only surviving WWI battleship and it also served in WWII. After texting my grandpa pictures of the ship he told me that when he was in the Navy in WWII that his ship was docked next to the Texas in Ulithi Harbor (literally in the middle of nowhere). He watched the ships gunnery practice in preparation in case Japan decided to invade...how cool!
Caroline loved the top deck and climbing the towers to the top and Ben followed her up and down all of the narrow stair cases--even when I hit my limit for how high I would climb on the ship. We went below deck through all of the sleeping areas, cafeteria lines, doctors offices, quarantine rooms, post room, and all sorts of displays they had below deck. It was so interesting...especially the bathrooms and the showers...only 20 toilets for 2,000 people...not enough in our book! ha!
After we we got off of the ship we went and walked around and Caroline caught a butterfly! Her dreams of catching a butterfly finally came true after months of trying to catch one. That was the highlight of her day for sure. Even though at the end of the day she told Ben "Dad, I did not have any fun today!"...we have no idea where she got this but it cracks us up because she always tells us she didn't have any fun after we've done something exciting. Crazy child.