Days Inn And Suites Houston IAH Airport
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I started off my day with some golfing at the English Turn Golf and Country Club. I found a great deal on "Golf-Now" only to find out rental clubs were crazy priced. I had a fun round regardless. Tami enjoyed the pool while I was away. I joined her there upon my return. The concierge guys were very helpful finding good places to eat. After ...
Before leaving Memphis, we needed to do laundry... badly! While waiting for the washing machines to finish, we found a Ms. Pac-man game and I got to witness Tami's video game skills! After a drying/folding/packing session, we bounded down to New Orleans. After checking in, we spent a little time at the pool. Then we headed ...
... of you who don't know this is the astronauts' pool. Since a tour had left right before we got there we had an hour to wait so we walked around the Astronaut Gallery which is the world's most comprehensive collection of spacesuits. Here again the changes in technology, fabrics, communications, etc was evident. It is hard to imagine being able to DO anything in those suits ...which leads us back to the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. This tour was not on one of the little open ...
We started in the Buoyancy Lab, which is a massive pool in which the astronauts train for EVAs (extra-vehicular activity, or, more colloquially, space walks). The pool is 220 yards long by 110 yards wide, by 40 feet deep. They put the astronauts in a suit with weights and can achieve neutral buoyancy--they neither sink nor float--and then the astronaut spends 7 hours underwater (the usual time of a space walk) working on a mockup ...
A gruelling 8 hour flight that seemed as if it would never end for the kids and and both Sarah and me.
With 3 hours before arrival in Houston, Morgan demanded to get off the plane and took a fair amount of convincing that now is not a good time. "I want to see Aunty Rachael now...... But I do!!!!"
In spite of the fact that all things considered, both kids were very good for such a long flight, it's not an easy task for either ...