July 25, 2015
After a super breakfast in the Delly we walked over to the U.S. Naval Academy for a walking tour.
We happened to be there just before the Noon Meal Formation of the Plebes. Plebes are first year students at the USNA, and they arrive six weeks before the school year starts for Plebe Summer (their orientation to the USNA - i.e., Boot Camp). After the first year the Plebes become Midshipmen.
The Noon Meal Formation is a military formation with pomp and circumstance that leads to a march to the chow hall. You cannot just go to the chow hall to eat – you must do so with a military precession. Fun to watch, but probably not so much so if you are hungry.
|The Formation is underway, but not ready to go to lunch just yet.
|Bancroft Hall is in the background. That is where all of the Brigade sleep.
After the formation left we were taken around to some of the other interesting spots on the Academy grounds and then left on our own to wander. The grounds are beautiful and, as you would imagine spotless.
|The tomb of John Paul Jones
|Replica of the first Naval aircraft built by the Wright Brothers
|Joseph Bellino and Roger Staubach Heisman Trophies
Later we were back into the Main Street and harbor areas to wander further, have a little to drink and then a nap.
We found a nice Sushi place for dinner, followed by a nightcap and bed.