As we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, I was quite surprised to find that it wasn't made of gold. I really expected to see a bridge made of gold, not a bridge painted a gaudy orange. But the gaudy orange did work, the Golden Gate was quite majestic.
It was very cold the first day or two of our journey, but as we sailed further south and closer to the equator it became warmer and warmer. The Pacific Ocean was a beautiful blue and at night, the stars seemed so close that you would think that you could reach up and touch them. Being at sea was beautiful and I loved it.
There were many people getting sea sick. We didn't thanks to our family doctor's recommendation. After the second day at sea, we were acclimated and didn't need the sea sick pills anymore.
There was much to keep us busy aboard ship. Even though it was a troop ship, there was a children's playroom with hired staff to watch the kids. As a ten year old, I was a little too old for the playroom. They also had a room where they would show cartoon movies throughout the day. There was no TV, it was the early days of television; these were film cartoons, primarily Mighty Mouse. I spent quite a bit of time in the Movie room and learned the Mighty Mouse song by heart. Ping-pong and shuffleboard were also available and Pickle 1 taught me to play both games, which I thought was very romantic. I would day dream about Pickle 1 often. I doubt if Pickle 1 gave me a second thought ever.