I normally wait until Sunday morning to do most of my blogging for the week. It’s how I stay ahead and make sure all my blog posts are done on time. However, I have family in town this week. My parents arrived yesterday evening and will be here all week long for Spring Break, so I know I’m going to be very busy. Thus I am falling back on Plan B for blogging, which is blog the night before.
So you’re reading this on Sunday but I’m actually writing this on Saturday night. I just spent the entire day with my parents, the Hubster and the kids. We’ve had a great day. Everyone except Hubster slept late (Hubster had to go out grocery shopping so we wouldn’t all starve). After a lazy start and some lunch, we headed out to Nauticus, a maritime museum in Norfolk, to see an exhibit called “Real Pirates!” Hubster, the kids and I have actually seen this exhibit before. It was on display in the Museum of Science and Technology while we were in Chicago last summer. But it was just as good the second time around, and I managed to catch a few more details. Basically, the exhibit tracks the history of the slave ship Whydah and the pirate captain Sam Bellamy up to the point where Bellamy captured the Whydah and kept it as his new pirate flagship. Neither ship nor captain lasted too long after that, but it was fascinating to see how slavery and piracy collided in the 1700s, and to look at the expedition that eventually found the wreck of the Whydah 300 years later.
The exhibit is a traveling exhibit, so if it comes your way, I highly recommend you see it. You can find out more about it at these links –
Expedition Whydah – www.whydah.com
Real Pirates (National Geographic) – www.nationalgeographic.com/mission/real-pirates
Pirate Ship Whydah – www.nationalgeographic.com/explorer/whydah/index.html
Pirates of the Whydah – www.nationalgeographic.com/whydah/story.html
And yeah, if you haven’t guessed by now, the exhibit is a National Geographic exhibit. It’s very well done with lots of interesting stuff to see, so look it up and go see it if you can! Meanwhile, I’ve got an egg hunt to prepare for. By the time you read this, I will be up to my neck in little children screaming for plastic eggs stuffed with chocolate. Thankfully, we’re not hosting this event at my house.