Place 81 – Day 5: Orlando,FL – Kennedy Space Centre

Early Start

Ensuring we were all up for around 07:00, we got ready and bundled in the car to head towards the Kennedy Space centre.

We wanted some breakfast and Tom & Curtis were outvoted (they wanted McDonald’s) but the ladies wanted IHOP, so IHOP it was.

IHOP

We got some food at IHOP, Tom, Kim and Curtis got cooked breakfasts and Abbie & Maggie got pancakes.

We left sufficiently full and got back on the road.


IHOP

Rating:- 6.5/10


Kennedy Space Centre

We arrived at the space centre and it was rather busy.

We got in and went right to the heroes section.

This area had a short video inside followed by a really well done 3D movie relating to the heroes of American space adventure.

We saw the exact panels used by the team for one of the space missions.

After this we took a brief look around the rocket garden and then around the nature section of the exhibits.

We went for the bus tour after we finished in the nature section. We got onto the bus pretty quickly and then were on the bus for 45 minutes.

We were shown multiple things, such as the giant building which rockets are assembled in, which has the biggest doors in the world and they take 45 minutes to open!

Once side of the building was open so we could see the area inside.

We saw the SpaceX area, a few launch pads as well as other construction areas.

Once we were finished with the tour, we hopped off the bus at the Apollo/Saturn V centre for more learning!

We got into a theatre and watched a brief video regarding some history and about a specific launch.

We got to experience, with the help of real panels from the control centre, what happens during a launch.

We looked at a lot of exhibits after this, including moon rock, pods from space, spacesuits and even an unused Saturn rocket which suspended above us in the main building.

We then had a bite to eat from the cafe there and went to a film at another theatre.

We saw a video regarding the first moon landing as well as an interactive model, which was an interesting way of doing it.

We had to wait for a while for the bus but they journey only took about 10 minutes to get back.

We had one building remaining to see which was the Atlantis building.

The first section we entered, after queing for a while, was regarding repairs being carried out on the hubble telescope with thanks to the Atlantis spacecraft.

We saw the video and then behind us was the actual Atlantis spacecraft, which is huge, and it has traveled over 250million miles in space!

After this section, we went to the shuttle launch experience.

We queued for a bit again and then stood in a line waiting to board the spacecraft.

We entered a real NASA launch simulator which is used by astronauts to prepare then for flying in a rocket!

We couldn’t film or even take our phones with us, but it was an amazing thing to feel. We got to experience the angles, G-Force & bumpy ride of the space shuttle launch.

We then left the park, insanely tired, and we then took the 1 hour drive back, via the supermarket.

Dinner

We were all tired having been out for about 8 hours and we were getting hungry too.

Kim made the same dinner as yesterday and it was just as delicious.

Scrabble & Lilyhammer

We played Scrabble together, but Maggie is just far too good for any of us!

We then sat and watched an episode of Lilyhammer before heading to bed, tired.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 68 – Day 8: Kerikeri – Cold Start & Fancy Moon

We were up and ready to go for 08:30. We got the areas we would be working in prepared and then started work.

It was a bit chilly this morning (at least in comparison to the last few weeks) so the shaded area was put on the backburner and we started in the sun instead.

Kim washed the back of the house, which is the largest area with the tallest parts also, so that took quite a bit of time.

Whilst Kim was doing this, Curtis cleaned the inside windows, getting most of them done.

We finished up for the day, showered and Curtis then watched hockey. After hockey, we did some research and then our host came home and we had a chat and they chucked a rotisserie chicken on the BBQ for dinner.

After dinner, which was tasty, there was a blood moon which was beautiful!

We sat down with our host and watched some renovation related TV shows and then it was 23:00 so it was bed time!

Tomorrow is our last day here, but we have enjoyed our time at this HelpX a lot.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 287: Auckland – Crazy Moon!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work and put on a pot of coffee, which ended up being way too strong!

Curtis had a few things to do again, but this got interrupted when a client said that their website was down, so Curtis had to deal with that which took him up to lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis used the time to get the rest of his cases sorted and he managed to get a few done.

Both of us;

Kim got home and went straight to the gym.

Once Kim got home from the gym, we ate some pizza and chicken for dinner whilst watching a few YouTube videos. Curtis also cooked some rice for us to have with lunch tomorrow.

We watched a few more YouTube videos and then did some accommodation research for our next road trip.

The moon this evening was ridiculously big and bright…looked incredible.

Moon

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale