This season is shaping up to be the winter of rockets and red cars for us. Living on the Space Coast of Florida, we’ve been fortunate to see several launches this winter, as SpaceX and United Launch Alliance have been very busy. As you probably have seen by now, the biggest rocket contained a red Tesla roadster. While that was beyond cool, it wasn’t the only red vehicle launch for us. More on that in a bit…
On January 29th, our friends Phyllis and Bernie came up from Fort Pierce for a visit.
Diana and Phyllis worked together back in West Michigan. They checked out our park and then we went to Sebastian Beach Inn for a late lunch. It was great to see them again!
On January 31, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite.
The mission required a full thrust to a high orbit, so the booster wasn’t able to return to the Cape. I was fortunate to get our Nikon focused enough to get this shot as the spacecraft flew by us. This is zoomed all the way, plus cropped to make it even bigger.
A mere 7 days later, SpaceX launched their Falcon Heavy rocket for the very first time. Luckily, this coincided with a visit by my sister Judy and her hubby Dale!
It was a perfect day for a show!
There were a lot of people watching up and down the beach.
And it’s liftoff, as viewed from Melbourne Beach! The Cape is just far enough away that it’s over the horizon.
This is my best photo of it. We were viewing it from the side, so it’s hard to see the side boosters. There is a Tesla in that nose cone! We did see the boosters separate, then fire side-by-side to begin their return to the Cape. A minute or so later, they relit and landed in almost perfect unison.
My cousin Mary was much closer up at Cocoa Beach and posted this photo on Facebook of the boosters coming in. Beyond cool!
After the launch, the four of us went to dinner at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.
What a fun day!
So what else have we been doing? Well, between substitute teaching assignments, Diana and I decided to go for a drive in Edsel the Escape yesterday up to Jacksonville.
Before Edsel knew what happened, his license plate was off and Diana was shaking hands with William the car salesman. Meet Edsel 2 on the left, our new 2018 Ford Escape! Now all we need to do is to make sure Elon Musk doesn’t launch it into space. 🙂
We’ve also been planning our summer trip, which we will talk about in a future post. It’s also maintenance season for our rig and vehicles….uhhhh, well one vehicle. We sort of took care of any maintenance that needed to be done on the Escape!
The biggest job of all is waxing the fifth wheel. It takes me a few weeks to complete the job, as I only tackle a section each morning. That strategy to be much easier on my body than trying to knock it out in a couple of days. And that leaves the afternoons free for the beach and the next rocket launch!