For some it may seem only a short time and for others an eternity since the beginning of Plebe Summer at USNA on June 29. As I walk on the yard I see the plebes in their companies either marching, sailing, studying navigation aboard the yard patrol boats, learning fire suppression techniques and how to stem the flow of a leak from a broken pipe with water forcefully pulsing out through the cracks in the piping. The last two so necessary for all to know when aboard a ship that might be in distress from either a fire or leakage. From my outsiders standpoint they all seem to be doing well and tolerating these many days of sweltering heat this summer in our area. We have had a respite for a few days this week and for that I am sure everyone involved in plebe summer is most grateful.
Parents will soon be arriving for Plebe Parent Weekend beginning on August 11. In case anyone is still looking we have one room available and being right across the street from the main visitor’s gate at USNA you couldn’t find a more convenient location. Click on “Check Availability” at the top of the page and put in your dates to view availability. You can then share your and your plebes experiences with other families staying with us for those four days (Aug 10 – 13).
When you see your plebes on Parent’s Weekend give them lots of love, some personal space, whatever they want to eat, air-conditioning, and encourage getting some sleep once all the stories of the summer have been shared and they just need to refresh their internal batteries to see them through another day/week/month until next May when Herndon is climbed and they are “plebes no more”. That may see a short time or an eternity but such is life as a midshipmen at USNA. Go Navy!!