As always nice Photo TR. I've never been to the actual visitors complex at Kennedy Space Center, but going "behind the scene" kind of with an engineer I know that works there and seeing countless launches of shuttles, rockets, etc. I can say that the complex farther East of the visitor center towards the beaches is very interesting. Especially getting near the building that use to house the shuttles, the launch site, and the old somewhat decrepit launch sites. Such as where the Mercury and Apollo missions took place.
I got a question too. Are you guys looking to go on any adventures down into the Glades, Big Cypress, or other "wild" type of adventures? 'Cause I'd be glad to recommend some places in Central, Southeast, and Southwest Florida to visit for nice tastes of the wilds of Florida.
We wrap up--at least, for the immediate future--our Kennedy Space Center updates with an attraction some miles down the road, in Titusville. Admission is $20, or free on the same day with your Visitor Complex ticket--but that's actually a bit tricky to pull off, considering this place's noon-to-6:00pm operating hours. But we opted for the KSC annual pass, since we knew we wanted to do this on a separate day.
The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
There's a space shuttle out front, but don't let those ramps fool you: You can't go into it. (Boo, hiss!)
According to an employee, you used to be able to, but it was damaged by a hurricane, so now they only let school groups go into it(!)
Note that this is the *US* Astronaut Hall of Fame, so don't expect to see anything about unimportant astronauts, like the first man in space. Or the first woman in space. Or the guy who did the first space walk.
Quick, who's this?
What's cool about this mural is that it was actually painted by an astronaut. (Specifically, Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon.)
This sign is on the back of the restroom door and kind of freaks me out.
Okay, I know I should let this go. But we can mention Jules Verne, but not Yuri Gagarin?
If you so choose, you can sit through a short film that manages to make space exploration seem completely uninteresting.
A display dedicated to the Mercury 7. (The then-surviving 6 of which first came up with the idea for this place.)
Hooray, a space capsule! (Specifically, Sigma 7. Yes, the real one.)
Gemini never gets any love. Let's move on.
A spacesuit designed for sitting.
I love this quote. All the stronger that it came from a man who died in said pursuit.
There are lots of displays like this. Meaning that you can breeze through this place, or spend several hours there, depending on your approach.
This room is focused largely on space shuttle stuff, which is why it's so boring.
Nope, can't ever be an astronaut.
This pretty well encapsulates my feelings on the subject.
Oh, this is the hall of fame? Alright, then....
This is maybe about a quarter of what's on display in this room. I'm pretty sure everyone who's ever had Tang is here.
Stuff that *belonged* to astronauts. Bit of a stretch, if you ask me.
A really complicated diagram that aims to show how Neal Armstrong ended up being selected to be the first astronaut to set foot on the moon, but doesn't really.
And they both ended up in space later, when we became slightly less picky about the whole thing.
Moon dust created a spot on my photo.
Fun Erik fact: I was conceived before man walked on the moon, but born after. None of which has anything to do with Jimi Hendrix.
This area has lots of interactive games and such, as well as a small ride that's very much "Mission: Space" lite.
Speaking of which: I wonder what rides would be like on the moon...?
The "Science Sphere."
Why we must go to Mars. To carve giant logos on it.
This photo was taken through the window of the room the Science Sphere is in, and is awesome.
Photo...um, well this isn't going to work.
What the surface of Mars is like. So it's good to know that it's already wheelchair accessible!
No, dear, you can't be an astronaut. But you can be dizzy like one!
Seriously, who wears a shirt with a quote from themselves on it into space? That's just tacky.
Space chess! But which one is Melody?
Holy crap! You can buy a whole space jumpsuit?!
I totally want one. But I live in Florida.
Um...maybe we should leave it to the scientists, for now.
And maybe we'll just leave it there. Goodbye, for now, US Astronaut Hall of Fame and Kennedy Space Center. We had fun being inside of you!
Erik & Smisty will be leaving for vacation tomorrow, so no more Florida updates for at least a couple weeks. But here's a little something to tide you over until then....
The other day, we were wandering around Universal Orlando (as we do), and decided to check out the Royal Pacific Hotel. It was around lunch time, and we hadn't eaten yet, so the thought of trying out one of the hotel's restaurant's did occur. I knew that Tchoup Chop was sort of the high-end, and we weren't looking to spend that much--but as it turns out, their lunch prices are actually fairly reasonable. So we decided to give it a shot.
Emeril's Tchoup Chop
You can get to Royal Pacific from CityWalk by foot, or by "water taxi."
Luckily, I can drive a boat.
Tchoup Chop is sort of around the side from the hotel lobby, but right across from the water taxi dock.
Adding to our decision to give it a try, it was completely dead. As in, we were the only guests in the restaurant.
I know more about Elzar than I do Emeril. In fact, it's not even close.
We loved the decor. I want to design my house around a big fountain now.
The kitchen. It's hard to see here, but water runs down the grey stones at top.
Random decorations. Because you deserve this photo.
I went with the build-your-own bento box. Which was amazing.
Smisty played it a little safer.
She got a bit braver when it came to dessert, though.
You can by Emeril stuff. Hey, I liked it, but I didn't like it that much.
Just one of the reasons this hotel always reminds me of Tales of the Gold Monkey.
All Hail Doctor Doom!
Yeah, this is a weird update. Anyway, Elzar's was good. But tomorrow we're having Toft's, biatches!
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