April may mean pretty blooms to the gardener in the family, but to the sailor in the house it's the smell of salt air and the pleasure of a few hours of "living in the past" on-board San Diego's most famous sea-going ship, the Star of India.
Beginning April 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the month, it's "Sailor's Days" aboard the Star, a chance for young and old alike to really get a taste of life in the days when huge sailing ships would ply the waters of the world, bringing goods and stories from distant lands back home again.
You'll have the chance to learn learn all your knots, move cargo about the deck, turn strands of rope into thick halyards, which you'll then use to hoist the huge sails all the way up to the yardarms.
It's a living history, if you like, for the entire family, even the little ones.
For them, it'll be a wild scavenger hunt from stem to stern, searching for goodies while learning the history of the Star and her days at sea.
There's an added bonus if you purchase your tickets ahead of time on-line, a boat cruise on the historic Pilot. Additional info is available on the Maritime Museum of San Diego website.