Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Florida 12/26/2013

DECEMBER 26, 2013 (Thursday)

 

Slept in a little. When we did get up, it was to sunshine and it looked lovely. Got up, had our tea and breakfast and just lazed for about an hour. When we did decide to do something, it was to go to the Kennedy Space Center.

It's for sale and Edie wants to buy it.

It’s for sale and Edie wants to buy it.

 

Circa 1880, she is so lucky she has me to set her straight!  Our 1988 house is pain enough.

Circa 1880, she is so lucky she has me to set her straight! Our 1988 house is pain enough.

Pretty drive on the water, beautiful homes and boat docks.

Pretty drive on the water, beautiful homes and boat docks.

 

Pretty waterfront homes.

Pretty waterfront homes.

Brick foundation, round.  Round siding and room, but upgraded with straight double pane windows.

Brick foundation, round. Round siding and room, but upgraded with straight double pane windows.

Edie really liked the mailbox and screen door.

Edie really liked the mailbox and screen door.

 

Where we are.

Where we are.

The Kennedy Space Center is less than 15 miles from our “home.” In driving there we saw the Police Museum and Space Museum. Something we will do another day.

We will come back here a little later.

We will come back here a little later.

Long road to Kennedy space center.

Long road to Kennedy Space Center.

When we did get to the Kennedy Space Center, we should have known something was up when they charge $10.00 just for parking. We walked to the ticket area and saw that just to enter the Center was over $50.00 per person, then if you wanted a “tour,” it was another $25.00 per person, per tour. To top it off, a Space Center employee came over to the group of us near the price sign and said all the tours for the day had been sold out. Didn’t realize it was like Disney World with the prices. Thought it would be a museum and a little area to walk around, not a huge amusement type park. 

Fifty dollars general admision, add a tour, another 25, lunch 29 and the special tour is 40 more.  We need to plan better.

Fifty dollars general admision, add a tour, another 25, lunch 29 and the special tour is 40 more. We need to plan better.

Michael, Lexi and I decided against spending the money this time. Lexi wasn’t really interested and I wasn’t really interested. Michael said he wasn’t really interested but I think he was. We’ll try it again next year when we’re back in Florida. I think it would be great fun to have lunch with an astronaut, but that needs to be planned quite a bit ahead.

We opted, instead, to just look around the Kennedy Space Center front area and then go into the gift shop. What fun. Great things and good prices. Wish we had more room in our Prius to get things. Saw a wonderful solar system that we would have loved to send to our son. He’s into science type things and would have enjoyed it. There was a fun, but huge, Christmas ornament that said “NASA” on it, and a beautiful water fountain with words from John F. Kennedy. Lovely. 

Very impressive.

Very impressive.

Visitor center.

Visitor center.

As you walk to the center, there are placards proclaiming the accomplishments of the space program.

As you walk to the center, there are placards proclaiming the accomplishments of the space program.

 

Christmas ornament.

Christmas ornament.

Looks interesting inside.  We got a late start, All tours were full, It is a bit spendy, We decided to wait for another day.

Looks interesting inside. We got a late start.  All tours were full.  It is a bit spendy.  We decided to wait for another day.

 

Edie's favorite mug.

Edie’s favorite mug.

Lots of models.

Lots of models.

Earth plate, decorative only, not dishwasher safe.

Earth plate, decorative only, not dishwasher safe.

 

Sun plate.

Sun plate.

 

Wooden model.

Wooden model.

Official astronaut food.  About $10. a serving.

Official astronaut food. About $10.00 a serving.

 

Space Capsule pay phone.

Space capsule pay phone.

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A beautiful fountain with the sounds of a takeoff playing in the background.

A beautiful fountain with the sounds of a takeoff playing in the background.

After we left the Kennedy Space Center, we drove a little around Merritt Island, into Cocoa Beach, and then back into Titusville. Once back “home,” Michael dropped Lexi and I off while he went to Cracker Barrel to return the book on tape. When Lexi and I walked into our “home,” we saw that the housekeeper had straightened up our place.  Unfortunately, they destroyed Lexi’s charging cord to her Iphone. Looked like it got ground up in a vacuum cleaner. Michael took it to the office and they looked at how much a new one costs at the local Target and handed the cash over. Very responsible, very nice, and they apologized for the inconvenience. 

I went ahead and made Michael a turkey sandwich just the way he requested (bread, lettuce, mayonnaise, turkey – that’s it) with mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, and gravy on the side. Lexi and I also made our lunches from the leftovers. Still have lots left. Will be eating them for days. 

Michael and I are debating whether or not to go swimming today but we’ll probably take a nap instead. (As I write this, Michael is snoring next to me. Guess I was right about the nap instead.)

Lex went to the local Target and got a new cord. Then she and Michael watched “Clay Pigeons” on Netflix. They talked about it, Michael had only seen pieces of it on TV and Lex has never seen it. They enjoyed it. Sounded like a weird movie to me, Vince Vaughn as a serial killer.

That was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

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