Lots to do in Galveston
Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
104Trip End Mar 06, 2013
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Midday Temp: 25C
This morning we left San Antonio and headed northeast to Galveston. We arrived around 1:30pm at our camp site in Dickinson, just north of Galveston Island. We had a quick lunch and took the car and headed for Galveston. We walked around the downtown and found out that it was Mardi Gras here, the downtown was blocked off and there was a $17.00 fee to go in. There were tons of things going on and there were small parades happening through the streets with people throwing strands of beads at everyone, we did get a few strands. We decided to go to the travel centre for information about the city. The lady there was very helpful and told us about the parade that would be happening at 6pm along the boardwalk. One thing at the centre was a plaque with a line on it on the wall about three feet off the floor
In the end we had over 150 strands of beads. Not sure what we are going to do with them all. What a great day.
Travelled Today: 374 km
Travelled to date: 13307 km
Travelled in: Texas
Midday temperature: 25C
Today we drove to NASA's Johnson Space Centre only 10 miles away
This is the home of NASA’s mission control and training for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and the Space Shuttle programs. Our time there started with a tram tour to the old mission control room used for all but the shuttles. Standing there was like being in the movie set of Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks, NASA has protected the room as a national historic site. We then went to the Saturn V rocket building where they have a full size rocket on its mover. This is actually Apollo 18 that never launched after the program was canceled. They also have a Mercury and Little Joe test rocket there.
We went back to the main building for lunch then started to attend the different movies at the 3 theaters they have there. The movies covered the early days of space flight to the future of space flight. The shuttle program has been cancelled, and now NASA’s focus is the international space station and Mars exploration. The rover Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012. Curiosity only cost 2.5 billion dollars and that doesn’t count the rest of the rocketry used to get it to Mars.
The centre has a lot of items from all the different missions over the years.
I grew up with the Apollo program; I even have some of the same Apollo mission photos back in Halifax that I received when I was in elementary school.
Karen and I had a wonderful day.