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Rocket Garden in the wee hours at Kennedy Space Center

Rocket Garden in the wee hours at Kennedy Space Center

Many of my friends already know this but for other readers it may sound like true confessions time to admit that I love William Shatner. In one of his autobiographies (the Man cannot contain himself in just one!), he summed up his life philosophy and advice as, “Say ‘yes.'” I remember trying to impart this wisdom to D a couple of years ago in the context of being  trying new things but then he trumped me by asking, “But not drugs, right? I shouldn’t say yes to drugs, should I?” Well played.

Outside the context of drugs and other illicit activities, we are trying to be people who are open to new experiences. Not just because William Shatner says so but because what’s the use of this whole trip if we don’t do things?

So, D and I got up at 3:30 AM to go to the Kennedy Space Center for the official viewing of the Orion rocket launch.

Selfie on the bus at 5:00 AM! We are still cheerful. (Are we upside down? If so, sorry!)

Selfie on the bus at 5:00 AM! We are still cheerful.

 

Turns out the launch got scrubbed after we were there for almost five hours so, on the one hand, it was a waste of time and money, but on the other hand, we are still riding high on our triumph of positioning ourselves to be some of the first people back on the bus – practically before the word “scrub” was fully pronounced. “Scr” and we were on the move, high-fiving each other as we pulled away and left the giant line behind (supposedly over 20,000 people!). Being onsite for the official countdowns and explanations was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be – enough that I even contemplated going back tomorrow to try again, but I can’t push my luck and end up stuck in a crowd for hours. Instead, we are going to watch from the waterfront here at the campground.

It was a beautiful sunrise as we were waiting around for hours. Sunrise over the water is a novelty again after all those years on the West Coast.

It was a beautiful sunrise as we were waiting around for hours. Sunrise over the water is a novelty again after all those years on the West Coast.

 

All of us were super-tired today – D and I from getting up so early and K and A from Teddy crying pitifully practically all night because he couldn’t sleep near me. So much for the idea of D and I trying to be out of the way so as  not to disturb everyone else with our early rising.

But, here we were on Space Coast with Cocoa Beach just down the road and two boogie boards that we have carted all over the country so we packed up our cranky selves and took off in a downpour to find the beach. Even K came along when he would much rather of taken a nap.

Turns out William Shatner’s advice was right again because we had a nice time and, most of all, we DID SOMETHING. Sitting around the motorhome in a soggy campground was not going to make anyone feel better.

Cocoa Beach Pier

Cocoa Beach Pier

Weather cleared up enough that it was pleasant on the beach, Kids thought the water was warmer here in December than it’s ever been in San Diego. (Of course, we are not authoritative sources as we hardly ever went to the beach.)

Despite the red flag warning of rough seas, kids managed to do a lot of boogie boarding and we all went home happy for the outing.

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Tomorrow morning, we’ll get up early to see if the launch goes off and then spend the morning packing up to drive to Orlando to see what the $16.89/night campground looks like.

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  1. Love this! Thanks for taking us on your journey.

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