UP THE LAZY RIVER ….this one is for Ralph!

MARCH 7, 2017         Departing Vero Beach we cruised up the lazy  Indian River and arrived at Cocoa, FL.  We have been here for two days enjoying the weather and a trip to visit the Kennedy Space Center.

SPECIAL NOTE!!!!!!    Since leaving Naples, FL we have been tossing “messages in a bottle” for our niece Meghan and her husband , Justin.   These bottles contain “messages” written by those attending their wedding last September whereby wedding guests wrote notes of love, encouragement, advise, etc..   We have tossed about 8 or 9 of these bottles with several more to go.   GUESS WHAT ???    THREE OF THEM HAVE BEEN  FOUND.   It is so exciting and a ton of fun!!!!     ONE of the bottles contained  Hank’s message to the newlyweds.   JOY!!

Along the way we saw this abandoned boat off in the shallow waters with orange spray painted letters USCG —OK.    We noted several other smaller boats also aground at spoils islands due to Hurricane Matthew.

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PARTIALLY SUBMERGED BOAT ALONG THE INDIAN RIVER

The dolphin have been very frisky and having a lot of fun playing in our wake or riding the bow of the boat.   We keep attempting to get videos of them, but none are good enough to “publish”.   Hopefully we will get a good one soon to share with you.

We think some  of the “booty’  from Hurricane Matthew comes in the form of floating oars, boat fenders, etc. – both of which Salt Lick has picked up along the way.  Moving closer to home will no doubt exhibit  more in the way of debris and destroyed property.

Wed. March 8th, we visited the Kennedy Space Center.  Very interesting and when up close to these space machines, one is humbled by the bravery, scientific knowledge and pure faith that they would make it to the Moon and back.   Lives were lost in this process, but the Space program continued until the mission was accomplished.   What exciting times those were.   Our race was with Russia in the beginning.  Sputnik had us all in an uproar.  I imagine each of you alive at that time, stood out in your yards looking skyward as we watched the “moving white glow” cross thru the sky.   Later  on, the International Space Station was created and built for multiple countries to participate in the research and science of space living.   Russia being among those other countries involved in the joint venture.     Our World and this STAR called Earth are a small part of an extremely large Universe!    How very humbling that is to us.

Anyone remember the First astronaut into space?    And what year??

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A COLLECTION OF EARLY ROCKETS
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APPOLO 8     INITIAL STAGE
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FINAL STAGE THAT POWERS THE CAPSULE INTO SPACE!
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APPOLO 8 SECOND STAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APPOLO 8 CAPSULE
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A PEEK INSIDE THE “LIVING’ SPACE!!!!
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CONSTRUCTION SITE AND BUILDING FOR THE MISSLE TO GO TO MARS

THIS BUILDING IS SO LARGE THAT ONE HAS DIFFICULTY DESCRIBING IT!!!!    The Stars on the painted flag on the side of the building are each 6 feet across and the bars/stripes are 8 feet across!!!    The gray doors along the left side weigh several tons and will open to move the missiles out to the launch pad when the time comes.

All of this touring around created an appetite that we each satisfied when going to Cafe Margaux that evening.   We set off on foot  (without cell phones) as Hank said he knew right where it was.   Well —- that really wasn’t the case, as we wandered around Cocoa Village for about 30 minutes looking for it.   We asked two locals, and they didn’t know, and a random bar with some “interesting” characters hanging out in there had NO clue as to where we were talking about. Finally we found it in the back of a courtyard!!!   Once we got there, our  evening was saved by a delicious meal  — escargot, salmon, pheasant and some lovely wine.   It was a good day.

Today, March 9, 2017 we toured this hardware store after returning the rental car.   I LOVE hardware stores and we were in need of a couple of fuses for Salt Lick.   This place has everything!!!    It has been in operation since 1885!!!!     132 years.    It is in a great old building, with wooden , uneven floors, and dusty old shelves.   There were several employees working there and they all know exactly where to find what ever a person is looking for.   The fuses were located within seconds.

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ISN’T THIS COOL???
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NEED OR WANT A STOP LIGHT??    OR PERHAPS YOU NEED A BEAN POT OR A LARGE CROCK TO MAKE PICKLES — YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.

Tomorrow we will leave Cocoa Village Marina.   Plans are to get to New Smyrna Beach.

One thought on “UP THE LAZY RIVER ….this one is for Ralph!

  1. Is this the Kaye Traer who attended an Historical Society meeting in Darien, GA, and signed up for a field trip to Cannon’s Point on St. Simon’s Island? The field trip had to be postponed due to damage on the SSI, and is now rescheduled for March 22 & 23.
    From your ships log here, I guess you won’t be going on the field trip now, right?

    Paul Nix
    Lower Altamaha Historical Society
    Darien, GA
    770-378-7268
    Paul.nix@comcast.net

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