Friday, February 19, 2016

Vacation Time

To break up the long winter here in Indiana, we decided to visit our FL girl at the beginning of February.   We booked a flight, put the pups in the kennel for a week and headed to sunny Florida.

We were able to watch her ride in a horse show, go to a few state parks, the Kennedy Space Center and have some yummy food.

Here are some highlights of our trip.


Starting out right, a fire engine pulls up next to our plane.  Saying prayers.
FL girl practicing before her show.


Here we are at the beginning of the Kennedy Space Center. 



FL girl checking out a space capsule at the Rocket Garden.


This picture does not show the actual size of this.  Where did my people go to show comparison.


Dad and FL girl getting ready to land.


Bright plants in the Rocket Garden, love the color.


Dad and FL girl checking out the next space pod.
Went to a very informative presentation by Apollo 15 Astronaut Lt. Col. Alfred M. Worden, USAF (Retired)



We took a bus ride that I thought was just around the area, but we actually went to another facility. This is the platform that takes the rockets to be launched.


The size of the tractors is amazing.


The area above the tractor is where the drivers would be.


One section of the tractor, which is located in the museum.
One of the panels that is under the rocket.  The different colors are burn marks from when the rocket took off.  It looks like a work of art.  The guide said they will refurbish this and use it again.



Not sure what this is called on the rocket, maybe the exhaust?  Below my husband is standing close by these.




Each team designed their own patches for their flight, all had to be approved.  Apollo 8, was the first to orbit the moon.  I love how they made the 8 like the orbit. 




Apollo 11 was the only patch that did not have the astronauts names.  I figured since they were going to be the first on the moon and Neil Armstrong made his famous words:
"This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." they wanted to be for all of us.   Turns out I was correct.
Saw a few moon rocks.  The look just like earth rocks.


Outside Atlantis Adventure.   That is the fuel tanks that carries the shuttles on their way.


This was an awesome display. 
This is a big ship, but when you look inside it doesn't look that big. 


Astronaut hanging around.


My husband standing by Atlantis, he is on the second floor.  He was quite impressed with the ship.


When the ships come home, they burn coming into the atmosphere.  As we leave the display of Atlantis, they have signs posted saying we are headed back to earth and we walked around the corner to this entirely red painted room.  I almost disappeared.


Time to leave the Space Center. It was a fun time.



This is just one stop we made.  I will post additional pictures of our trip soon.  

Happy Reading! 

Ann

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