A day of wonder
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Today was filled with wonder. We toured the Kennedy Space Center. It more than lived up to my expectations. We took the NASA Up Close Tour. It was supposed to be a two-hour visit to the outer areas of Cape Canaveral. We were allowed to remain as long as we wished in two areas: the Apollo/Saturn V rocket display building and the International Space Station Center. Speaking of NASA, check out their website. There is a lot of information.
Frankly, I am and always have been in awe of the space program. I have followed it ever since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik.
Our day started early. Breakfast offered by the motel was blech! They had Sunny D instead of real orange juice, white bread for toast with peanut butter and jelly, and Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes cereals. Tomorrow we will get their coffee, but eat our own cereal.
We left for the Space Center early and spent the whole day there. Our tour guide, Livia, was a delight.
We had a light lunch in the Saturn V building and sat next to a gentleman who had worked for NASA from the get-go. He so enjoyed reliving his working life at The Cape and told us many inside details. I understood his feelings • mine are the same regarding working for all those marvelous years in Grand Canyon. We both felt we were not only fortunate, but also somehow privileged to have done work we loved in special places. He has been retired for 11 years and obviously misses being part of the space program.
Upon our return to the main visitor area, we went over to the new exhibit: the Shuttle Launch Experience. I was concerned about it because I was afraid they would simulate some of the G-forces that are experienced by the astronauts.
The Space Center was closing for the day as we were visiting the memorial to the astronauts who lost their lives in the program. The memorial was too large to photograph! We settled for a picture of the bronze plaque opposite the main structure, then returned to our car.
Our entrance fee permits a second visit during a 7-day period.
There is so much more about this wondrous day, especially seeing some of the birds native to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Preserve: egrets, herons, a glossy ibis, bald eagles, an anhinga drying his wings after fishing and, I think, an alligator. What an incredible area.
Dinner was at a very popular seafood restaurant, Dixie Crossroads.
Since we are staying with friends in Miami, I may not have a chance to post to this blog for the next few days. I will try, however it might be really late at night.