Since Saturday afternoon, we’ve been camped along the Indian River in Titusville, Florida – right off Highway US 1. We’ve been enjoying a completely awesome nomadic rendezvous with Sean Welsh and Louise Hornor of Our Odyssey as temporary neighbors (it’s our first in person meeting after years of cyber stalking each other around
the country.) We’ll post most later about our time with them.
What we’re here for was to watch the last planned night shuttle launch. And one of the last five shuttle launches, period.
I lived on the Space Coast of Florida for 12 years before going nomadic. Stepping outside to watch a launch is an amazing part of everyday life here, and an experience that never gets old. I feel very blessed to have serendipitiously ended up back on the Space Coast, in the perfect area to watch this last night launch.
Only on two other occasions had I made the effort to get a close up view and see the entire launch from engine ignition.
There’s been a temporary RV encampment here along US1 that has been fun to be part of, it’s been sort of a ‘Quartzite East’. The City of Titusville allows free overnight camping on their owned land during a 36 hour window surrounding launch time, something we greatly appreciate!
And we have had the most spectacular of views.
The first attempt of the launch was scrubbed Sunday morning due to low clouds in the area. However, we had an awesome time hanging out with Sean and Louise. Nomad-stalker, James Schipper and his partner Maria, also came over from the west coast of Florida for the launch and for our first in person meeting. The four of us huddled all night long in our little Oliver Travel Trailer until the last minute no-go call.
This morning however, at 4:14am EST – all systems were GO (or GEAUX for you Saints fans!), and we witnessed an amazing launch. We also had the nomadic Browski family stop by for a bit before they headed on to their shuttle view hotel room. The past couple days have been quie the nomadic tweetup!
We recorded video to share:
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I had a tear in my eye watching this magical moment of technological splendor, knowing that the shuttle program is soon coming to an end. And most likely, this will be the last shuttle launch I’ll ever get to witness in person. What a beauty!