When we got back we hit Daytona Beach again, and this time we got out the buckets and shovels and stayed a while longer, so the girls could really enjoy it. We also got attacked by some salespersons about buying some timeshare down there. Ugh… we are on vacation people…not interested!!
Saturday we decided to hit Kennedy Space Center again, since our tickets are good for 2 admission days. We hit a Babies R Us and bought an umbrella double stroller for Lexi and Lilly. We took their tour since Luke wanted to see the Saturn V building. We had to wait almost an hour before we could even board the bus, and we had to leave our strollers behind. Luckily, they had strollers at each of the stops. The first stop was an observation gantry to see the launch pads. We would love to go when a shuttle is out on the pad. We also drove real close to one of the crawlers they use to transport the shuttle to the pad. The driver said 98% of people that take the tour will never get that close to them. So that was pretty cool. The second stop was the Saturn V, which had a few short movies taking you through NASA’s space race with the Russians, and ended with the successful lift off of the first manned Saturn V. Then we got to go into the building that housed a real Saturn V, and walk underneath it. Luke was a kid in a candy store. There were so many people there since it was the day after launch, that they extended the IMAX movie showing and park times, but we had been on the tour so late that they had shut down the third stop, which was the International Space Station modules that still needed to be sent to space. Oh well, we saw a lot of things, and touched a moon rock, and by the end of the trip, the girls were excited about being astronauts.
We hit Alan Shepard Park which is in Cocoa Beach and played at the beach one last time before returning home. Avery fell asleep in Luke’s arms, Lilly filled buckets with sand, and Lexi and I picked up pieces of shells on the beach. We had a lot of fun.
Please pardon the out of order picture overload, I'm too lazy (this is Luke speaking for once) to reorder them...
Even here, it's difficult to grasp how big that thing really is!
The crowd awaiting the launch. This is as close to the jumbotron as we could get. Can you see it? Yeah, neither could we...
Holly and Avery at Daytona Beach
Lexi at Daytona Beach
Lilly at Daytona Beach
Lilly at Daytona Beach
You wouldn't catch Luke on that thing!
Ferris wheel at Daytona Beach
Holly and the girls below a mockup of a Soyuz capsule
A Mercury capsule
The cockpit of a Gemini capsule
Lexi and Lilly playing in the fountain in the Rocket Garden. Pay special attention to the kid in the background...
More playing at the fountain.
STS-132: Atlantis' final mission, heading to space!
STS-132 around 30 miles up. This is where the boosters separate from the external fuel tank.
Here you can actually see the boosters separating!
Lexi and Lilly playing in a "Mercury" capsule.
Waiting in traffic to get to the launch
Alpha Niner Foxtrot Charley, er something...
The girls in front of a mockup of one of the new crew capsules
Lexi and Lilly playing with the giant marble constellation ball
Luke's igloo on the beach. Because everybody needs an igloo on the beach in Florida...
Mmmm... Astronaut ice cream!
Lexi and Lilly looking at launch pad 39-A from the observation gantry
Luke touching a moon rock!!!
Lexi and Lilly finding their way to the moon
Lexi and Lilly playing at the beach at Alan Shepard Park
Holly and Avery at the beach at Alan Shepard Park
Luke and Avery at the beach at Alan Shepard Park
Avery fell asleep