Mike is one of our "historically minded citizens". He helped to save USS Hornet from 1995 to 1998, and was one of the original docents from 1998 to 2013. He hoped that history would have repeated itself with USS Ranger. He toured the Ranger at least once.
Mike departed from his apartment in San Jose at 5:35 AM on Saturday in order to be in the area of the Seal Beach Pier at 7 AM on Sunday, The plan was to tour Nuccio's Nursery in Altadena and SS Lane Victory in San Pedro on Saturday, and on Sunday photograph USS Ranger and MV Leader.
Mike arrived at Nuccio's Nurseries at 11:11 AM after driving 336.7 miles. He been a member of the American Rhododendron Society since 1975. Since the late 1970s, or early 1980s, he has been making stops at Nuccio's on his Rhododendron occidentale plant hunting trips or seed collecting trips. Nuccio's Nurseries is the best place to obtain camellias and Azalea Series rhododendrons.
Departed Nuccio's Nurseries at 12:50 PM. Arrived at the Seaport Marina Hotel 2:50 PM, which is close to Seal Beach.