They arrived late in the afternoon and will stay for 2-3 nights. We've not seen them since we left North Fort Myers last March.
|Ernie and Pam at their campsite.|
Pam and Ernie spent their first full day at New Market getting their motorhome squared away after the repairs. They are really enjoying the new coach and have discussed taking to the road full-time. Of course, Wayne and I enjoy this life and have to be careful not to oversell the idea to those who might not be ready. I bit my tongue.
Our second night together we had delicious sliders Pam cooked on the grill followed by another campfire where we planned our visit to see the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville the next day.
And the next day was picture perfect and we had a wonderful time exploring the huge U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
|Pam and Ernie|
|Ernie in the "old person" sweatshirt. |
Pam laughing at our lack of style savvy.
|Ernie and Wayne go first.|
The rear seat (Ernie) will pilot while the front seat (Wayne) is the gunner.
|The Gunner. Wayne.|
|With my instruction complete, I waved a smiling but tearful goodbye to Wayne and Ernie.|
My mission was about to begin.
|The majestic Saturn rocket display to the left with other military hardware in the foreground.|
|Notice the upside-down astronaut over Wayne's head on the space lab mock-up.|
The photo below is of one of the Nike Hercules missiles. It is no longer in the U.S. Army's inventory.
|Wayne standing beside one of his Nike Hercules Missiles.|
One of the most thrilling first-hand sights at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, is, in my opinion, the mock up of the Space Shuttle, combined with the booster rockets here and identified as the Pathfinder Shuttle Stack. It is the only full shuttle stack in the world. This particular one was the first orbiter ever built and served as a non-flight test vehicle before being put on display.
Then there's Space Shot. It offers a chance to experience 3 G's of liftoff and simulated microgravity. Not ordinarily a thrill seeker, I said I'd take the plunge if Ernie did. Of course Ernie did. I thought I was going to die. Photographs could not capture my horror of the blast-off and subsequent fall back to earth.
|Ernie and me. Taken just before liftoff.|
|The Apollo 16 Capsule was launched and returned in 1972, carrying three astronauts. |
The parachute is attached (orange and white) here.
|The Moon Rock collected by astronaut Alan Bean in 1969 of Apollo 12.|
|Lunar Excursion Module|
|Ramp / Walkway for access to space capsule atop the rockets.|
In the end, feeling completely educated in space rocketry, we pronounced ourselves "Astronauts". Here is our official photo taken in our uniforms.
|With face shields open, here's Wayne, me and Pam. Ernie wouldn't lift his shield.|
We don't know who the other guy is......