We had the tugboat in a slip at the Joe Wheeler State Park Marina, waiting for the American Great Loop Rendezvous which stated on 10-16. Since we had some time to explore we rented a car and drove to the Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama, one Saturday.
It was Girl Scout Day at the Space Center.
We raised 3 boys. Girls tend to squeal and run in packs. It was a new experience for us. It was fun after we got used to it.
So much to see...
This is the actual Apollo 16 Command Module that went to the moon in 1972. It was remarkable to be able to see the actual item which shows all the effects of the fiery re-entry to earth.
It was of the highlights of the visit.
This is not a potato.
This is a moon rock.
Tim is a Geologist.
A match made in heaven.
It makes me feel so small.
This is one of the three remaining Saturn V rockets. The other two are at the Cape and Houston. This one is different in that it is pristine and was never stored outside.
Our guide said that it is in near-launch condition. Hard to believe that it could actually fly.
This is the view from my side of the boat in the morning. Oatmeal in my blue squishy bowl, map of the river/lake, coffee and my iPad.
The white bar with red and green things on it stuck to my window is to show me which side the "nuns" and "cans" should be on as we travel. Red Right Returning. This gizmo flips over as needed. If you are interested in what this means just Google--red right returning.
click here to see where we bought them.
House on stilts.
We saw a variety of houses on stilts on the river. Makes you wonder what the river looks like during flood stage. And we think this guy must own a cement block business. I guess the camper next to him is just hoping his camper turns into a houseboat if the river comes up!
Yup, it's obvious this guy did not consult a competent geologist before he built his house on the river. Guess who noticed this first?
Boat hair? Don't care!
ust in case you forgot what we looked like I thought I better add a photo. Many thanks to Jenn Kenyon for the t-shirt.
It lets me get away with fewer showers...
Tim and I started our Great Loop Adventure on 9-11-2017 in Ottowa, Illinois. We put the boat on a trailer and drove 9 hours from our home in South Dakota to Heritage Harbor Marina in Ottowa to put her in the water. Tim's brother, Dan, drove the truck and trailer back to our house. Thanks Dan!