Oh my! Every time I travel anywhere, near and far, I learn something. This week Amy has asked us to write about and show what travel has taught us. Instantly, my mind went back to our travels in our various campers and trailers. That’s my favorite kind of travel: where I can take my home with me. I like to get up in the morning, make breakfast, walk the dog, relax, do some sightseeing, cook dinner, settle down for the evening and sleep in my own bed. My food, my itinerary and a familiar/comfortable bed!

Driving across country in 2013 gave us so many opportunities to learn about different states, customs, history, people and historical places. I decided that the east coast has the history and the west coast has more National Parks. So what was my favorite piece of history? The USS Constitution!

I don’t know why, but I fell in love with that ship docked in Boston, Massachusetts. Just its history and the fact that in 2013 she was still in service was amazing. Also called Old Ironsides, she was launched in 1797 and is the world’s oldest ship of any type still afloat. The tour took us below deck and the guide gave us a descriptive history of what life was like during the years the ship was in active commission. Today,  she also participates in public events and education through outreach programs, public access, and historic demonstration.

Here are some pictures I took with my Nikon D3100. I was so new at photography, I didn’t know how to straighten a picture in post! Anyway, they will give you an idea of what a great ship she is.

If you visit Boston, Massachusetts, be sure to visit this amazing ship.

24 thoughts on “Lens Artist Challenge #184: Travel has taught me

  1. thanks for the photos and post to give us a feel for Old Ironsides…. that is amazing that it was still in service in 2013 – ad your road trip sounds awesome

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  2. This handsome ship carries a long history. Beautiful captured with your camera, Anne.
    It was still in service in 2013, amazing! Thank you for sharing with us. 🙂

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  3. I too loved the ship Anne. Saw it many years ago as my husband is originally from Boston and our company HQ was there “back in the day”. Loved Boston – only in the summer of course 😊. Laughed at your straightening comment – you’ve come a long way baby (as they say)! A terrific view of a graceful old lady – may we ALL age that well!!

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  4. Nice set. A niece was with us when we visited. I liked the ship, but she remembers it even more vividly because it was the first time she’d been allowed a triple scoop of ice cream. Different people learn different things from the same trip 🙂

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  5. I’m really enjoying this week’s challenge. In each of the blogs that I have visited, it is like taking a small trip and discovering other experiences. I loved visiting this beautiful ship with you.

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  6. Great post Anne. Great photos too. We visited Boston not too many years ago and saw the Constitution from the outside. We weren’t able to go on board at the time but we want to revisit. The lower decks are large! They probably weren’t as clean or clean-smelling ‘back in the day’. 🙂

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  7. Anne, I loved seeing your many great pictures of Old Ironsides! What a georgeous ship and wonderful story associated with it. A couple of years ago my husband and I wnet on the ship’s tour and also spent time in the museum. Seeing this ship up close is an awesome experience, thank you for sharing these pictures.

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  8. Great post and great photos! I love tall ships, and always visit Tall Ships Race when it is in Sweden. A wonderful tour of beauty – even if I am not a boating person.

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