Hampton Inn Melbourne
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... husband Eric who have literally just moved down from NJ to Florida also came over with their adorable 2 year old, Josie. She was a joy and made us all laugh with her antics. She liked to the pool too.
Thanks so much to Fran and Dave for making us so welcome and for all the hospitality. We came away laden with food for the week and full to the brim with good stuff we'd eaten.
We left about 930 after the massive thunderstorm which ...
... us an opportunity to view Atlantis up close, while telling the story of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program through a number of hands-on and interactive mediums. The kids were very excited to take part in the Shuttle Launch Experience which was a simulation of launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle. Guest "crew members" , aka us, strap in for this launch replication, which immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and feelings of a space ...
... just for the record, pygmy hippo calves are about the cutest thing on the planet. James and I were lying down on the ground trying to see the underside of this three-day old calf to determine its sex, and we managed to lie right in a pile of fire ants (which we didn’t notice at first because of the overwhelming cuteness of the pygmy hippo calf). For anyone who has not encountered the infamous fire ant, beware. Their bites HURT, and lead to giant, red, itchy, painful, ...
... gave us a greater understanding of the impact of the forces on the shuttle during its space flight. The tiny white tiles on the exterior showed burn marks of re-entry which was fascinating to observe close up.
At the base of the exhibit Allan went for a 30 minute simulated launch. Although milder than the ride at Epcot, you were able see and feel what the astronauts felt what it was like to be launched into orbit at ...
We are one week into our journey and have already learned that each day all we can expect is the unexpected. Which doesn't quite put us in the same league as pioneers crossing into the great unknown in covered wagons, but almost. Day one...Gary almost backing into a car while leaving our home driveway to begin the great journey, Gary getting soaked while crawling under the van to find the source of water he saw leaking ...and we're not yet on the road two hours. ...