Rambles on rambles on rambles………
On Tuesday around 9:30 PM Garrett and I loaded up and took the mini out East. By “out East” I mean an hour towards the beach and to what has been dubbed “the Space Coast”. All in good spirits to see my first rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center! I know – I am pretty much the worst implanted-Floridian (implant because I am just shy of being native having moved here in elementary school and worst because most people go see things like this within this first 20 years of living in FL… butttt yeah).
To be completely frank, I didn’t want to go. Not because it wouldn’t be cool but because it was a school night and apparently I am elderly. But then I had a comin’ to Jesus and realize HELLO KATE – YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE! So that was that.
Side-cut story time!:: While we were driving I tried to capture a picture — in the dark, in a vehicle moving at around 70mph… — of the sign that indicated we were entering space travel zone. I took like 10 as we zoomed under the sign because that is what you do when you are moving fast and trying to get a decent picture. I had just ONE semi-good one. Then moments later we were at a fork in the road and by all accounts it appears as though we should go left but GPS Siri begged to differ and in the commotion of the conundrum I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED THE PICTURE. It was quite devastating and utterly hilarious all at the same time.
I am so glad we went and not to sound like a complete nerd or anything but it was a really really cool experience. All the fire and blasting, earth shaking and rumbling, people cheering and saying “ohhhh!!” – yep, it was a Blast. – see what I did there? haha. It was also pretty amusing to hear some fellow American’s shouting “MERICA” when it was a Russian rocket but hey, who’s counting!?
In real talk though, it was pretty brilliant to not just see this “tiny” (by comparison) rocket going into the atmosphere, but to visually see just how tiny we are in comparison to it. The sheer magnitude of it was memorizing. The science that must go into all that is pretty breath-taking as well.
Another thing that caught my attention were the fish. (yep Hubble, this is for you.) So we were headed East with all intention of going to the designated viewing area for the rockets but then prior to crossing the bridge, the hubble realized everyone was just pulling off to the side of the road to watch and once you climbed past a little brush, you were on a small piece of beach. Prime real estate for rocket watching. With the exception of the fish smell. Dead fish erraywhere. It was sort of ridiculous and I found out on the news this morning that some brown algae is to blame but even more than being grossed out, I was amused at how interested the tourists were. Taking pictures with said fish, moving the fish around, … it was just all very odd. Oh – and I hope they clear up this algae situation because fishies wanna survive!
Okay – I think that’s enough here of random mid-week adventure. too-da-loo friends!