Orlando/Titusville   1 comment

Day 21-26

We moved on to the Orlando area, home of DisneyWorld, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. We arrived on St. Patrick’s Day so of course we had to celebrate, as well as celebrate on our guests birthday! What a great day to have a birthday.

Meet Mr. Sand Crane. He apparently hangs around the area because when we walks thru the Wendy’s “drive thru” he gets French fries.

We had the best time just “catching up” with old friends who we’ve traveled with several times. We spent the day with Margie and Emmit, where we picked some fresh oranges (Emmit owns an orange grove) and some delightful little fruits called “loquats” (not sure of spelling).

We also got some amaryllis from Margie.

Before leaving Orlando, we enjoyed a dinner and a show at Capone’s. We were seated at table 13 with Rig #13! What are the odds of that happening?

The show was hilarious.

Especially when our Bob was invited onstage! Click on the link below:

Bob

A very distinguishable laugh kept coming from the balcony and of course the actors had to engage them. Come to find out, they were “Newfies!”

What a great night!

Arriving in Titusville early, we had a pizza party with special guests, Ron and Kay, followed by a travel briefing.

Since 1981 the Kennedy Space Center’s shuttle landing facility serves as the primary landing site for all space shuttle missions. The first space shuttle, Columbia, launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981, with astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen aboard. This began the new era of “reusable” space shuttles.

Pictured below is the vehicle assembly building. Hard to believe that after they assemble the shuttle that they can get it out of that building. The tall, tall doors take 45 min. just to open!

This year one of the “transporters” was out of the building, so we got to see it up close and personal. They were also moving it, so we got to watch it move, how cool is that!

We were able to see the launch tower they will be using to launch the missile to Mars, below left, and a “crawler” (launch platform) which was built in the 1960s and was used for the moon launch. It was also used for the space shuttle project and will also be used for the Mars project.

Before leaving the complex, we hopped on the Space Shuttle Flight and Landing Simulator. We were able to view the launch control center for the Saturn V, which sent Apollo 8 astronauts into orbit around the moon.

It was exciting to sit there and imagine what it felt like to be in the control room at that time. Watching the original film of the first landing on the moon sure brought back memories.

Our final night in Titusville, many of us went to the Dixie Crossroads Restaurant for a LEO.

Great food! Great company! Great time!

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Posted March 22, 2017 by carolnbill in Travel

One response to “Orlando/Titusville

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  1. Thanks for allowing us to join in the fun. The pizza was delicious, and seeing old friends while meeting new ones is always a blast.

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