Houston to Fulton

Trip Start Mar 14, 2007
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

30/03/07 - Houston to Fulton,TX - Set off at 9.00am to visit The Johnson Space Centre (JSC) about 10 miles due south of Houston. Doors open at 10.00am and I was there (surprisingly) at 9.50am. Made myself a coffee (3rd so far).
Whilst I remember, I have discovered several methods of parking overnight.
(1) For the rich and "money no object" person - turn up at an "official" RV site before 6pm and you get full facilities for 15/night, this includes water, electricity and sewerage facilities. Also, for a small fee you can pay for Wi-Fi and Laundry. For a 90 day trip this would cost in excess 1800 ($3500).
(2) For the not so rich but creature comfort person -  As above but turn up after 6pm and leave before 8am and you get everything as above but no 15 charge because the office is closed when you arrive and leave. (for those with a conscience this may not be an option)

(3) For the poor who want Wi-Fi (being "poor" is contradictory if your RV-ing for 90 days!) - "Dry Camp" or "boon-dock" - which means park in a Motel or Wal-Mart car park and use your RV's power and water. Don't forget to go to a garage and fill your tanks with fresh water and use their dump station to get rid of your "bodily waste".

(4) For the poor who have no friends and wish to remain unavailable - park in a "Rest area" or secluded spot. But make sure the area is not controlled by the State Police.
So far, I've tried all methods and I must admit I like the creature comforts without the costs, so my preferred method is option (2). So I guess I don't have a conscience! But then, neither do I have many friends willing to post comments to my blog! So I guess I may go "dark" for weeks and boondock!

Anyway back to JSC. Overall I was disappointed but admission was only 10. The highlights were, the original Mission Control room for the Apollo missions (now a museum), the SVMF (Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility) and a Saturn V rocket. But like I said yesterday, only visit if you are in the Houston area. JFK Space Centre(Cape Canaveral- Florida) is much more impressive.
If you, like me, grew up in the "race into space" era , this was a big thing in the late 60's and early 70's and it was something as a child I was really into - it was the race between good (USA) and evil (USSR) - how things have changed in 35 years!

Left @ 2pm for Brownsville on the Mexican border and arrived in Fulton about halfway between Houston and Mexico @ 8.00pm (option 2!).
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