Off the ship and around the town

All work and no play make a dull crew, so the men and women of the Sycamore have been getting out and enjoying themselves around town this winter. Since Cordova is a small community many common entertainment options like bowling, night clubs, and movie theaters are not available. Fortunately the town and surrounding area provide plenty of opportunities to get off the ship and have some fun.

A good number of crew and spouses enjoy the regular sports evenings at Bidarki, the local gym. Year round, volleyball and basketball games are available several times a week to anyone interested in playing. Volleyball is popular enough that a group formed the Cordova Volleyball Association, which organizes city league tournaments twice a year. This spring, the Coast Guard spouses banded together to form a team and Sycamore provided two. They will each be playing several times a week throughout the month of April.

SK1 Marshall Foxworth steps behind the service line during a game of volleyball with the City League.

SK1 Marshall Foxworth steps behind the service line during a game of volleyball with the City League.

For those interested in fresh air and sometimes sunny skies, Cordova provides an abundance of both. No matter the weather, it is a beautiful place. Many days are cold, blustery, rainy, or a combination of all three, but the “weather” does not stop the hunters, fishers, hikers, boaters, and otherwise adventuresome from venturing out. This winter has been particularly dry, with weeks of sunshine and delightful weather, providing plenty of opportunities for Sycamore’s crew to enjoy snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snow machining. As the snow melts and the icy lakes and rivers start to break up, the canoes, kayaks, boats, and fishing poles are starting to come out. Soon Sycamore crewmembers will be hard to come by in town as the hunting and fishing seasons start and everyone heads out the road to get the big one.

MK2 Adam Chittick and SN Beth Weil from AVSUPFAC Cordova enjoy a Saturday afternoon in the Morale canoe on the Eyak River.

MK2 Adam Chittick and SN Beth Weil from AVSUPFAC Cordova enjoy a Saturday afternoon in the Morale canoe on the Eyak River.

Commanding Officer Cmdr. James Houck tests his acting chops alongside his wife Amy during the local community theater's winter production of short plays.

Commanding Officer Cmdr. James Houck tests his acting chops alongside his wife Amy during the local community theater's winter production of short plays.

For those looking to get involved with the community, there is no shortage of opportunities. SN Chris Stockton learns new skills volunteering with the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department and when there is snow on the ground, volunteers at the Mt. Eyak ski area.  HS1 Aaron Holm fills his extra time away from the ship working part time as the on-call radiologist at the Cordova Community Hospital. Lt. j.g. Lelea Seymour regularly attends the weekly science lectures hosted by the Prince William Sound Science Center and contributed by giving her own lecture on geocaching last month. Last week, Cmdr. James Houck and his wife, Amy, brought laughter to hundreds bantering as an old married couple in the spring play produced by Cordova’s Stage of the Tide Theater. While Cordova may appear a sleepy town, but Sycamore’s crew is showing there isn’t enough liberty time in a full tour to do everything our little town has to offer.

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