Thursday, September 20, 2012

I saw the space shuttle, Endeavour!


Shug & I live about 10 minutes away from the facility to whom Jim Lovell was speaking when he said, "Houston, we have a problem." Our area is full of people who work, directly or indirectly, for the space industry. So when we learned that the space shuttle, Endeavour, would be making a stop here on her final trip to the west coast, we figured we would join the crowd of locals going to see it.


There wasn't a 'crowd' -- there were hoards, throngs, thousands & thousands of people that were not just 'local' but had driven hours, some even flew in! We left work a little early -- to get a jump on the crowd -- wink, wink. We spent about 2 to 2.5 hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic arriving at & leaving the airfield. But we also spent about 45 minutes walking around  & seeing the shuttle. It was worth every minute: seeing that amazing ship, being among all the people saying good-bye to it & good-bye to an era, an era meaningful to the country, but especially meaningful Houston.


this is the place

we're getting close

that's her!


Jackie K. said...

Always so exciting to see the shuttle. I was visiting Melbourne Florida when we watched the shuttle land on TV then drove up to Cape Canaveral visitors center. While on the bus tour we saw that same shuttle being pushed into one of the vehicle buildings. Certainly awe inspiring!

capitolaquilter said...

once in a lifetime - so special, worth the rock concert traffic!

O'Quilts said...

You got to get close like that? Wow..

Becca said...

Awesome! I SO wanted to go but the thought Of dragging all the kids out there was enough to shut that idea down.

I'm glad t was crowded. The prospect of traffic was the main deterrent. I would have been mad had it been not crowded. ;)

By the way my girls LOVE the real wedding tiara. Their faces lit up. Thank you!

Sujata Shah said...

Lucky you! I know someone who would have loved to be there!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Wow, this is really cool!! Just imagine the things that shuttle has seen!