After going 0 for 2 in launch days, or 2 for 2 if you think about scrubbed launches, we drove to Haulover Canal with some optimistic caution. The day was not looking promising. Cloudy and windy, with the wind coming from the West and pushing all the clouds to the East, where the launch was supposed to happen. We tuned our favorite station, Z83.3, and Tyler said that there was a 70% chance that the launch will happen today at 8:56AM. 70%???? I thought that about three weeks ago there was an 85% chance and it was scrubbed. But I already told my boss about taking the morning to see the launch and she asked me to take good pics. I was not going to go down without a fight.
|Kayakers arrived to see the launch|
|Kayakers get ready for the launch|
|Coast Guard was busy asking people out of the security zone|
|God Speed Endeavour!!!!!|
Did You Know That?
The space shuttle length is 122ft, that is a little more than 3 school buses lined one after the other. Endeavour was built from spare parts from other space shuttles. It was built from left over of the construction of the Atlantis and the Discovery. It "only" cost 1.7 billions to built. According to the experts, a cheap tag for a NASA shuttle.
After the launch, and when all the excitement started to recede, we headed back to the put in. I wanted to be back to my office before noon. It was then when we realized how many people were in the area. No less than 50 kayaks, in two groups, many motor boats in all sizes and styles, and even people walking in the south bank of the canal. Here are some pics of what we saw on our way out...
|Coast Guard Patrol Boat|
|A kayak fleet invades Bair's Cove|
Here is the link to see all the pics of this trip: Haulover Canal - Endeavour
If you ask our opinion about how this trip was, will tell you that we had a blast, literally...A BLAST!!!!!
Thanks for reading and hope you come back next week for another Views From Our Kayak
|After the launch|