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... so we received about $80 in extras, (I'm targeting low, it was probably more!), so our total cost for the two days was $140! $70 a night with breakfast plus the rooms are spacious with a front sitting room, refrigerator and extra sinks. Plus we earn Hilton Honor points. Remember to put everything you buy on site on your room bill so you can earn Hilton Honor points on those purchases as well.
We got a bit of late start on ...
... leave early and reconnoiter the path to the Merritt Island air field, (it really is an air field!) I do this for 2 reasons; one I want to make sure I am on time, and two, I love using the word reconnoiter both in speech and print! I find it is pretty much as the Google math puts it and it is 30 minutes driving time, prolly more with late day traffic.
Upon arriving at KSC my Badge slides me through the parking lot in record time. I had purchased ...
... was wearing the same clothes may have helped the ID process. Typically I have 1 set of clothes to ride in and 1 set to live in. Because people at any given stop rarely see me twice, this is OK.
I hand Kalvin my ticket, neon green today, and he makes a big show of peeling off the backing and approaching me for application. Then he breaks into a broad grin, his solitary brown tooth gleaming in the morning sun, and grabs a tour booklet and pastes the sticker on it! ...
... astronaut bar the Tackle & Bait Tavern, famous for being off-base so the trouble also stayed off base, at least in theory.
Approaching the KSC you see a mockup space shuttle complete with fuel tank and boosters peaking up over the trees. My pulse quickened and stayed at an elevated rate for the next 8 hours. I asked the nice lady at the gate how to maximize my experience, and minimize any FOMO and she suggested the Multi Day Discovery pass, complete with badge. ...
... scrubbed, so we headed over to the busses, which would take us back to the Visitors' Complex.
On Friday, day 3 at KSC, we went to the Astronaut Hall of Fame, which told the story of each astronaut and had displays of space suits and other equipment used in their flights.
Again that night we awaited the rocket launch, but again it was scrubbed due to bad weather and rescheduled for Saturday night. Saturday night we decided to watch ...