It was very dark, and good photos outside the ship were impossible from the pier.
Once inside we got a brief tour of some of Eric's common places.
This is a long row of open hatches. Looks cool like that. I have no idea how many there are there!
We started in the hanger bay, then went up some stairs. Almost all the stairs on this ship are like this! This is Travis going up!
He showed us his berthing area (where he sleeps, and his locker). They have very small areas. Eric has top bunk there.
And he showed us the area where he works.
After looking around inside, they took us up to the flight deck. It was really dark, and hard to see where to put our feet, but the view of the pier was awesome up there! After messing up a bunch of pictures, I finally figured out how to get some pretty decent shots. (remember, you can click any photo for a larger view!)
The CVN 69 Dwight D. Eisenhower (another aircraft carrier) was on one side of the GW, and the LHD-7 Iwo Jima (a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship) was on the other side. Many other ships were in port, I couldn't tell you which.
After the tour, we got something to eat, headed back to the motel for some much needed sleep. We needed to get up very early the next morning!