Gray Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has a couple of ships in town at the moment: The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain. The Lady Washington is better known as the H.M.S. Interceptor from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. The organization hosts tours and does excursions on the old ships, and some of those excursions are mock sea battles.
This seemed, to us, to be a good way to spend a holiday afternoon. And we were not wrong. There were canons fired, ropes pulled, sails hoisted, rigging climbed, sea shanties sung, t-shirts sold, and complicated sailing maneuvers performed by the crew of our ship against the crew of the other. We were on the Lady Washington, since once the kids found out about the Pirates connection the Hawaiian Chieftain might as well have been made of poop, and not of the deck variety.
I already posted some pictures to Instagram, but since I took 500 and only posted 8, maybe you want to see some of the others. So here: I’ve curated a special collection just for you.
Erin has already asked how old she needs to be in order to join the pirate circus.
Erin and Adrian had a shortened school day on Thursday. Rather than bring them home and watch them play Minecraft, I decided to bring them up to San Francisco for the afternoon.
Our friends Alexei and Marie (Uncle Shopkeep Alexei and Auntie Shopkeep Marie, as I refer to them on Twitter) own a shop in the city (thus “shopkeep”, which would be a strange nickname if they had nothing to do with a shop). They sell jewelry and clothing at Fiat Lux (Twitter @fiatluxsf, Instagram @fiatluxsf), either making or finding great pieces, and have recently moved their jewelry making to a studio downtown. I had never seen the studio, and Alexei hadn’t seen the kids in a while, so I brought the kids to see where Uncle Alexei sometimes makes things.
Erin, ever-curious, immediately wanted to know what everything was and what it did. So Uncle Shopkeep Alexei helped Erin make a ring.
Emily is now the proud owner of an Erin original (it was Erin’s plan all along to make a ring for her mom, because that’s how this kid thinks all the time). Emily is currently invisible, and leading the assault on Gondor.
So, who wants Erin to make a ring for them? Keep following Fiat Lux on Twitter and Instagram and let Alexei know that you want an original Erin Burns ring. Or you could buy any of their other rings, if you’re looking for a great piece of jewelry instead of a ring that will give you the power to turn invisible. Whatever floats your boat.