Next day it was cloudy, so we decided to spend time at the Kennedy Space Center. What to do with the dogs? Well the Space Center provides free kennels, but Maggie and Molly have never been kenneled in their lives, so we were not sure. Maggie would be fine but old Molly might get stressed. We decided to try it. It was very clean and some of the kennels were large enough for two dogs. So in they went with their bed and blanket. We went on a walk about the main part of the center for a while; saw the IMAX show, then came back out to check on the dogs, which were fine. So we took them out for a break, staff do not touch your dogs, went to the VW for lunch and then back into the kennels they went. We then spent the afternoon taking a tour bus to various sites within the complex, seeing numerous launch pads, old Apollo, then a massive crawler that moves the shuttle from one area to the next. Each pad on the crawler track weighs 2000 pounds, there are 8 tracks, each with 58 pads….you do the math! The track from the vehicle assembly building to the launch pad is the equivalent width to an 8 lane highway, and the special 'road base' is 7 feet in depth, and must be capable of supporting the crawler with its load, a total of 18,000,000 pounds! Makes conventional road building and design seem rather insignificant! At the actual Apollo command center, we saw a simulation of the liftoff
. We missed seeing the shuttle being moved, by a day. If you are ever planning a trip to Florida, I would definitely put the Space Centre (note the Canadian spelling!) on the agenda. By 5 pm I (Deb) was really worn out, I took a day to recover. I think tonight about supper time they are launching a satellite rocket, perhaps we will go see it or maybe we can see if from the campground. We tried to do another geocache but the road we had to walk down was very busy, so part way to it, we aborted that plan. Oh well there will be more caches another day. That is the problem with this KOA, it really has nowhere to walk to, although the facilities are quite fine, but it really is RV parking, not camping. A few tenters, but the majority are huge rigs with cars they pull behind or big trucks. Tomorrow we are off to Miami, gotta keep going south, I am looking for warmth. After two days near Miami we are heading to Key West for a splurge week of staying in a Key West cottage that is dog friendly. So next blog will be from there.
I am learning that I should write the days activities each day, as we are starting to lose track of the days and what we have been up to. We had our last day at Flagler Beach, but stayed until the last minute, which was a 1pm check out off the site. It really is a great spot and we will certainly return. We decided once again to go the old highway south, avoiding the I-95, so we headed south along the water. Our drive today was only to the KOA near Mims, FL so no rush. Good thing we were not on a schedule as we headed into Daytona, toward a bikers traffic jam. It is still Bike Week and what a sight to see. At times the Westy was surrounded by motorcycles, many with motors bigger than the VW. We saw all sorts of people and all sorts of bikes, many significantly customized. The sound of that many bikes gearing up at the intersections and gunning their engines was unique, as we puttered on our way, the sound of our Westy is distinct. What an experience to see. We arrived in time to get set up at the KOA, have supper and organize before dark, then its time for the nightly scrabble competition