Spring break 2008 (Florida)
(Late March - early April)
We had a fun family trip down to Florida for Sierra's spring break.
Our first day was spent in transit from Cincinnati. Sierra and Cooper spent an energetic afternoon on Cocoa Beach where they were able to run, splash and dig to their hearts content.
The following morning we visited the Kennedy Space Center (the highlight of the trip for me), where the family was treated to an all inclusive day on site thanks to Matt K. and a friend of his named Colleen (again guys, I can't thank you enough for the fantastic experience)! We explored several museums, experienced a simulated shuttle launch, had lunch with and astronaut (Wendy Lawrence), and did the NASA up close tour. It was awesome! If you like space and rockets (and let's be honest, who doesn't), put the Kennedy Space Center on your "must see" list. Lunch with an Astronaut was a favorite for Sierra (who will use Wendy Lawrence as a female role model for years to come). Cooper loved the size/explosive power of the Saturn V rocket (again, let's be honest, who doesn't). And finally, Elaine and I were impressed with the wild life on the site (Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge). Among other things we saw tortoises, spoon bills, great blue herons, a bald eagle eating a bobcat, and an alligator eat an egret.
The next morning morning we headed down to Boca Raton for a couple of days to visit Elaine's brother Kevin (who was a gracious host, allowing us to invade his home with our wild and crazy kids). While in "Boca" we visited the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (where Sierra and Cooper enjoyed educational presentations about sea turtles, stingrays, and other aquatic life), took a fan boat "naturalist" tour in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (where we saw alligators and birds galore), and spent time on the beach watching the surfers and digging in the sand. Good times!
On the way back to Orlando (where our rental car had to be returned and our flight left from) we stopped by the Kennedy Space Center one more time, taking in the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Sierra and Cooper loved all of the "hands on" science displays as well as the interactive "mission control" centers from the various NASA programs (Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo). We can't wait to come back and see a Shuttle launch!
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