Wednesday, December 30, 2015


A mixed vacation so far. Having fun, but Kendall is a bit sick, so she’s missed two days on the slopes.

Random pix of our time

Thursday, December 24, 2015


A rough week for the body. After a day off on Monday, I ran Tuesday morning before Delaney and I started home. I took a couple pix, and it was really nice to be on the beach, enjoying a nice ocean breeze.


I had been wanting to do this, but it was really windy on Sunday, and I was worn out Monday.


Then after we got home, I hit the Insanity class last night, with sore legs already. It was a tough one, lots of leg stuff. Though I did better than the week before, I still couldn’t do it all.

And I woke up sore. A really sore body today.

Thinking to just move some weights and walk today.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Day 3 - Kennedy Space Center

A late start to this day. I let Delaney sleep in as he was feeling sick, and actually I slept in a bit as well. Tired after the travel and running around.

We got up and moving, heading to the KSC to see something before our second tour. There was an IMAX on flying to space, which was really neat. They looked at some of the things we'd need to do to get to Mars and it's eye opening. I hadn't expected some of those items.

Our tour was neat. Less time on the bus, and more in the LCC, Launch Control Center. That was pretty neat. We go to go into the LCC, where we were bracketed the entire time by two guards. They take the security seriously and I'm sure that plenty of people aren't thrilled that public tours go in there.

There's some history there, with original Apollo era consoles on display.

We went up to Firing room 4, which is usually a spare. It was next to #3, which was manned. Apparently as more commercial companies use the facility, they'll use #4.

It's kind of a bare bones room, with plaques dedicated to shuttle launches that have occurred there.

 The guide took a pic of Delaney and I in front of the launch director console.

Delaney saw that the clock was active. In fact, this is 5 hour ahead of the scheduled Falcon 9 launch for that night.

In the lobby are plaques with all the missions, from Apollo, to Skylab, to shuttles. The two lost shuttles have launch dates, but no landing dates.

We were right next to the VAB. Pictures don't it justice, and even in person the scale is off. That flag is 21 stories tall, 220+ ft.

At night, we had fingers crossed. Delaney and I ate dinner, then grabbed jackets and headed back to the Port Canaveral causeway where we parked by the side of the road. You can see our location here as we waited 30 minutes for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch.

 The lights in the background, and dozens of cars parked near us. Everyone waiting and watching.

It was pretty cool. The video I shot doesn't do this justice. The launch was NE of us, about 5-6 miles away, and it was a good 20-30s before we heard sound.

We watched the light receed into the distance, then saw separation and the second stage burn. As we watched, we could see the second stage get smaller and dimmer. The first stage, eventually started back and we saw the initial burn.  I recorded some of that, but it's not much to see.  However I did record the landing.

Afterwards we headed back quickly, somewhat amazed. Delaney was very excited, and I understand why. It was an amazing event to witness. Historic, and also, I think, inspirational for Delaney.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

University of Colorado - Boulder

I woke up to this.

I was amazed, and it took lots of control to not wake up Delaney or Tia right away.

I'm so proud of him. He's done well and he's earned this. Delaney was quite relieved and excited when he saw this. I think it's something he's proud of but also this means he can relax and not worry about more applications. He's not interested in more and wants to go here, so there you go.

Congrats, Delaney.

Day 2 - Kennedy Space Center

We're adjusting to the time. I got up around 7:30 and hit the gym, getting a little workout. I thought about running om the beach, but it was really windy. After a workout, I grabbed some breakfast and brought some up to Delaney, letting him sleep. He was feeling a little sick, so I wanted to give him time.

We then got ready and managed to get out the door a little after 10.

Our first stop was the Atlantis exhibit. There's a huge mockup out front. It' somewhat amazing how large the shuttle is.

The obligatory selfie.

 There's a short movie on the shuttle program, which is neat in that the narrator talks about "we" as in the entire group of people that helps them fly. One it's done, we walk into the main hall, where the actual Atlantis lives. It was brought here after it's last flight and a building built around it.

Lots of  exhibits. Lots of information on the shuttle program, and lots of chances to work simulators for various things.

However it's really amazing how much technology has come out of this work, which is neat to see. Delaney and I had the chance to talk about the exhibits and work done by NASA and it's amazing. They certainly have changed the world.

 Our tour left just after lunch, which we didn't get. however we headed out to the bus, excited to get the close up your of KSC.

 We drove around, getting close to a few of the launch pads. We were at a distance, but could see the SpaceX rocket, which was supposed to launch tonight.

However,  as we went around KSC, it was chilly. And windy. By the time our bus was near the end, we saw the launch was scrubbed. However it's been pushed to tomorrow, so our fingers are crossed.

 There's a lot of swamps just off the road. We saw a few alligators around, which is something I'd be worried about slightly if I worked here. Guess I wouldn't be on any lunchtime runs along the road.

 Some of the technology is amazing. The crawler that moves rockets around is incredible. An amazing sight

The VAB is something. That blue area with stars behind us? The size of a basketball court.

Wow. It's a huge building.

We saw mockups of some things and actual old equipment in other places. Delaney was excited and a bit amazed. I'm hoping that this really energizes him for the future.

 We saw some productions and movies of some things and a memory section for the Challenger and Columbia. Those were very sobering for both of us.

 I'd seen the Saturn V a long time ago, so had Delaney, but he was 2. This time, he was amazed. He knew all kinds of things about it, but he was amazed by the size and scale of the rocket.

 After a bad lunch, we walked around, looking at the history of Apollo. It's an amazing achievement for the US.

 Even I'm amazed. I've been here before, but it's still incredible

The movie of the Apollo launch is amazing. It really generates lots of emotion and pride in the US.

After the Apollo building, we're back to the Atlantis building to see more exhibits and more simulations.

 A good day.

 Very exciting and we booked another tour tomorrow, with finders crossed we'll see a rocket launch in the evening.