Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival." ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson


Well, we saw the rocket launch! We headed up toward Cape Canaveral the day before the 8:30 a.m. scheduled liftoff. Beginning our day with a 3:00 a.m. wake up call, we were at the parking lot gates around 4:30 (along with a few hundred other people). It's fair to say that we (and once again, probably a couple hundred others) were unprepared for how bitterly cold it was. Now I realize that everything is relative -bitterly cold in Florida is nothing like bitterly cold in NY. We had followed the weather for several days prior to the launch because more often than not, weather is the cause of any scrubbed launches - high wind and heavy rain being right up there. While we knew that the winds were going to be high, there was no rain forecast for the morning. Neither one of us had paid much attention to the temperature. It had been quite warm for the previous couple of days, and we dressed according to that. Huge mistake!

Fortunately, a gift shop was open and while I held our place in line for the shuttle to the viewing area, Bruce ran in and got us each a sweatshirt. Navy blue for me, and red (we thought) for him. Honestly, it looked red when he came out and we each put ours on. As the day progressed, and the sun came up, it became apparent that it was not red, but bright pink! I have said before that Bruce knows how to have a good laugh at himself. He wore his sweatshirt with pride, and enjoyed the couple of humorous comments that he got from other visitors!

Once we arrived at the viewing area, we set our chairs up and grabbed some breakfast (over $10.00 for two yogurts with granola - yikes!) Then we headed to our seats, with wind blowing cold, and each put our legs into the sleeves that our folding chairs came in, in order to keep warm. For once I looked like a mermaid - kind of.

The viewing area is approximately 6 miles from the launch site. While I did take a video with my camera, the one below is the one you want to watch. It will also provide you with information about the rocket itself. Next week, I will share our tour of the Kennedy Space Center. A fascinating place!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." ~ Bob Marley

We have been in Florida for about a week and a half now. We are well into enjoying seafood and good music! There are so many opportunities for both where we are located. There is music right on the water every Sunday.

(All cellphone pictures, so please excuse the quality!)
 Rockin' Riverwalk  
And an endless stream of artists at local theaters.
Graham  Nash (you will have to take my word for it) at the Sunrise Theater A totally awesome concert!
And other outdoor venues with an assortment of artists on a regular basis. These last pictures are from a spot called Terra Fermata, here in Stuart. It's fair to say that it is home to a variety of musicians and patrons. It's as much fun to go there for people watching as it is for the music!

Next week I hope to bring you pictures from a rocket launch up at the Kennedy Space Center. With it being only two hours away, we thought that we should take advantage of it, so I signed up for "launch alerts". Should be fun!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." ~ Sydney J. Harris

Well, we are finally in Florida. We left with the blizzard on our heels, but did not have any real trouble. While it has been chilly here, there's nothing to complain about. The sky is blue and all of the colors are vibrant!

One of the first things that we did was head to the beach, just to get our first glimpse. We went to one of our favorite spots, which is always a bit wild and wooly. Not so much at low tide though, when this picture was taken.

I have finally gotten together with my Florida knitting friends, and returned to my Jazzercise group down here. It's so good to see all of their friendly faces!

It is quite a wonder to just pull into our parking space and begin our southern living. This is one of the huge advantages of having our own place, and this winter, we really are able to just live, having completed our renovations and decorating. Quiet days with not much of anything scheduled. We can still hardly believe it! Heading back north, and beginning our house-hunt in earnest will be here soon enough. We intend to enjoy every moment of our respit!