Days at the beach are hard to beat, especially at a place as beautiful as Cocoa Beach, Florida. Sugar white sands, clear waters and great surf. Its very relaxing and tons to do. With the famous Ron Jon shop in town you can gear up for any beach outing. Most of my Monday was spent playing in the ocean. Waves about 3 feet tall were the biggest to crash into me. Off in the distance a large wave began to rise. Grabbing my boogie board I jumped into the passing crest. For a second I rode the wave, then literally sending me head over heals in the water, my board caught an edge. Onlookers had a good laugh. Aw, the times you wish you had a picture.
After kicking back at the beach, I took a friend’s advice, that previously lived in the area, to take the tour at Kennedy Space Center. Upon arrival I headed to the “Rocket Garden” which features many of NASA’s early rocket prototypes. All of them dwarf the model rockets I had as a kid. I spent a while seeing all the exhibits before heading for the tour line. Surprisingly the line for the tour buses move quite quickly despite the sight of it. First stop on the tour was the launch pad viewing platform. From the three story tower you can see most of Cape Canaveral including the Vehicle Assembly Building, Shuttle Launch Pad and the Crawler. Various other sights are visible.
Next stop was the Saturn V building. Placed within the actual Apollo command center you are transported to the last three minutes before launch. Buzzing voices mumble about checking systems before the go. Videos taken from the first Apollo mission are shown along with lights pointing out each piece of equipment portrayed. Slow rumbles develop into a deep roar as windows begin to rattle. Kind of cool I thought. Giving everyone an insight to the workings of a launch.
After the presentation we stepped into another room. “Wow,” “holey cow” and other amazed expressions came from the crowed. Towering, even on its side, the rocked filled a three story building. Incredible that this huge piece of equipment even left the ground, let alone reaching bullet speeds. Around the rocket are smaller models and exhibits. Not wanting to ruin the experience for any future travelers I’ll stop here. This is definitely a place to visit for anyone interested in space and huge machines.