Well what do you do when you suddenly find out that the Starlink Falcon9 is scheduled to launch in the morning? Well drive to the coast and wait 9 hours for the launch, that's what!
That's exactly what we did when Mark suddenly found out that Starlink postponed their recent flight and it was now scheduled for the morning! On a whim, we decided to head 2 hours east, find any location we could, and to wait until the launch at 3:13am. We planned out a dark park location which we later got kicked out of, then moved to the roadside location where we walked down next to the water and enjoyed each others company while we waited; about 15 miles straight west from the launch pad. We did manage to get a few hours of sleep during the night, and Pica was very well behaved during this crazy night.
The launch itself was spectacular! The SpaceX live broadcast playing in the background; the rumbling of the boosters; the ground shaking from the mighty thrusters that were lifting 60 more satelites into space.. It was just awe-inspiring and emotional to say the least. I don't know why it got to us that way, but maybe it had something to do with the meaning of the mission.
Twenty-four years ago, we took our honeymoon trip to Orlando. We watch a Space Shuttle launch then too! Now after these many years, Shuttles no longer fly. Instead, reusable rocket boosters send up satelites that promise to bring world-wide Internet and communications; our future. This launch was the 76th safe landing return of the first stage booster Falcon9.
Everyone should try to see a rocket launch some time in their lives, but this night was was absolutely spectacular. Watch the 3-minute video to see the entire thing. It gets blurry, but straightens up around the 1:10 minute mark.
This is a wonderful museum that is also a "Harvest Host" and a "Boondocker's Welcome" location. They allow RVers to stay overnight at their location in hopes that they will visit the museum. Of course we did just that, and what a museum it is!! They did a wonderful job putting all these articles together, and even had several pieces that we've never seen before, including Abraham Lincoln's Hearse, and a Batman section with real and replica cars.
Tallahassee Auto Museum had 6 other travelers in the very large yard with us this night. The gates closed at 5:00, and we were all snug and safe. We highly recommend staying or even visiting this museum. They have a lot to show you, and the stay at night is very peaceful.
We reserved Hueco Tanks over a month ago, and we were excited about this visit because of the petroglyphs in the area and many remnants of the native american people that once lived here. It is also a dark sky area, and rich with wildlife.
This site was named from the many huecos ("whey-coes") that form in natural rock basins within the mountain. There is a lot of imagery left by the ancient people, and even a good amount of small hikes that are rich with history. There is even a hike that requires hanging on to a chain in order to get to the top!
The campground itself houses 20 campers, both small and large. We have a beautiful spot, but site 15 is probably the prettiest, with trees and a shaded picnic area.
If you book this area, make sure you book a guided tour well in advance, as they were all sold out when I called to reserve our campsite. If you need to wait in line to get in for a pass, arrive early, as they are only handing out 70 per day right now.
The Hike: The next day, we were in line for another hiking pass at 7:30am. Had breakfast, then headed out to the hardest hike first called the chain hike. We had to use chain to climb about 250ft onto North Mountain. We took it slow, used the chain, and explored some awesome mountains, huecos and rock caves.
After lunch and a quick rest, we took off to the other hikes in the afternoon and found a REALLY beautiful in-rock cave that accended through many more slot canyons and climbs. Mark explored this a lot more, and the walk was awesome!
We returned home tired and sore, but full of beautiful memories.. :-)
Site Details: Hueco Tanks Campground; Site # 001. (31.918863, -106.036933)
Before leaving Phoenix, we decided to take a 'quick and leisure' walk up to Superstition Mountain. Yeah right! That walk was NOTHING like the above, but we are determined, and we kept making small goals. Those small goals kept adding up and we arrived into the canyon area right before the Syphon Draw Trail Waterfall. It was a rewarding with glorious views, but because we were tired and needed to check out, we had to head back.
We were extremely tired and sore from this hike (even Pica), but we were very glad we made the hike. Our hike ended up being 3-1/2 hrs.
Note: If you ever doubt making a hike, just make small goals for yourself. You never know how far you'll get.
Also known as “Bree Mountain” to is because our granddaughter named it her mountain when she hiked it a few years ago. :-)
It was a steep but VERY rewarding hike, and doable for me as long as people didn't mind passing us. I took my time, enjoyed the views and the closeness we felt to family since we knew they had been here. Its real name: "Hayden Butte"/"A Mountain"; known for the Petroglyphs and short mountain hike within the city. We topped this off with a visit with our national evangelist Roger & Rayleen. Wow it was good to see them!
Did you know that the original London Bridge was sold to Lake Havasu City after 600 years of constant repairs due to improper construction? Some even say the bridge is haunted!
Well the now stronger bridge was dismantled, shipped to AZ & rebuilt. The history here is really cool! Lake Havasu even built the ‘English Village’ by the bridge, welcoming visitors England Style.
We were Blessed to enjoy this first time experience with our friends, and I highly recommend stopping here if you’re in the area.
Stay Details: Lake Havasu RV Park; Lake Havasu AZ
Well, we made it to the south-west corner of the states today! San Diego trip; sure glad we took the time to do this!
Highlights: The corner of the U.S.; San Diego sights, The Coronado Beach; The Tide Pools at Point Loma, then an attempt at the planet alignment.
In the meantime, I found a photography class to be involved in, so don't hesitate to give me advise on some of the photo-fun pics along the way.
Details are on each photo. Enjoy!
Pica stayed the day at a boarding kennel, previous horse kennel, and she’s in her own heated stall tonight! What’s there to do on a day with no dog? A LOT!
Started in Oceanside, rode along highway 1 to Laguna Beach then Newport Beach. I would highly recommend BOTH of those places for a visit!
On a boat for some whale watching at 2pm; didn’t see any whales yet as their migration south begins in a few weeks. However, we did see some dolphins that Blessed us with a close-up view!
Ended with a walk through the Naples Island Holiday Lights.
As always, more details are on each photo. Enjoy!
Hugs to all!
Took a trip around downtown L.A. today, including Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, Belair, China Town, La Brea Tar Pits, Hollywood Hills, Malibu, then a 10-mile bike ride along the Santa Monica beach. Descriptions are on each photo.
Biggest thing we learned today; we’re definitely NOT settling in L.A.
Pica is in the salon, so we did our ‘no dogs’ walk on the Hoover Dam.
We had to go through A security checkpoint where the truck was searched (poor officer) . Then we drove over the dam & walked the dam then drove up to and walked the rainbow bridge overlooking the dam.
For those who haven’t visited for a while, very few vehicles can cross the dam anymore.￼￼￼￼￼ All traffic is routed on the new bridge that was built in 2007.
*Note the water levels of Lake Meade (water line on mountains). These are extremely low levels, and the city of Las Vegas is concerned about running out of water.
Stay Details: Lake Mead, Government Wash (36.1309, -114.8369)