Getting to spend more time in the park’s Small Boat Shop as I wrap up my internship at SF Maritime. I cant believe how fast 10 weeks can feel.
With so many volunteers and things to do, there’s always something or someone new. However, one of my main tasks lately has been to fasten boat parts together by riveting them. … Read more
After the big hike last week I had to take some time off because my feet were pretty banged up. In fact one of the staff coordinators on the trip is a certified Wilderness EMT who has worked on trail crews told me I had some of the worst feet/blisters he’s ever seen! the last two mornings of backpacking trip … Read more
Just now, just by typing “…saying Farewell to California” caused my eyes to swell up a little and that lump in my throat feeling to happen. So it’s hard to believe that when my Supervisor, Ranger Lucien Sonder, asked me a month ago how I felt about joining a bunch of youth groups and their staff on a backpacking trip … Read more
As I sit here at SF Maritime trying to write about the amazing week I just had visiting some National Parks around the Bay Area… It’s hard not to think about the recent tragic police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile both Black males and both who had their last breaths caught on video. All over the news and … Read more
This week at SF Maritime was the last week of the kayaking program for the summer, but some of the groups got to do more than going out on the water. A few groups couldn’t go out because of the windy conditions at Aquatic Park so they got tours of the Visitor Center and the Hyde Street Pier where SF … Read more
This Week at SF Maritime was another in which I experienced a number of “firsts”!
First on the Firsts List is that I went kayaking. A few weeks out of the summer SF Maritime partners with San Francisco State University for special, invitation only, kayaking outings with community organizations in Aquatic Park Cove: home to a number of sea … Read more
Two weeks so far at SF Maritime and I’m still adjusting to it all. Not knowing too much about maritime history or having done much seafaring myself, has made absorbing it a bit overwhelming. But that’s in part why I am here, so I am up for the challenge. I’ve had ample opportunities to rove the park and look at … Read more
Almost tucked away behind the tourists, shops, restaurants, traffic and street hustlers of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco lies the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and Museum, home to a number of 100 year old ships. Whereas most parks are about the physical tangible land their boundaries lie in, SF Maritime is also about the general subject of … Read more
My name is Eduardo Jesus Chaidez, and I was born and raised in Oakland, California. Although it is a city undergoing complex, and at times problematic, transitions like many others across the country, Oakland’s vibrant and diverse culture is as deeply rooted as its history of political struggle and mobilization in the face of marginalization. I can go on and