Friday, December 30, 2011

Our Florida Trip: Space Shuttles, Oceans and Beach Villages

Well here you are, the quick run-down of our trip to warm, sunny Florida.

On Friday night we drove to New Hampshire so we could make the early flight in the morning.  I won't go into the entire travel day because it was pretty uneventful; basically, we made it on time and I don't really like Southwest Airlines' "prison rules" seating methodology.

On Saturday we hung around the pool with Rob's mom and later went out to dinner with her, Rob's stepdad, and some of their friends.  We had a lot of fun (and a lot of drinks, whoops!).  It would've been a great night but for the massive gluten attack that hit me when I got home.  One of the worst feelings in the world is throwing up and not feeling better.

The next day Rob and I frolicked about on the beach.  It was too cold for me to go into the beach (yeah yeah, I'm from Maine and I'm a wuss) but we sat for a good 45 minutes just watching the waves and enjoying each other's company.  We went on a goofy little nature walk which was more like a wooden walkway to nowhere, and then ate a delicious homemade meal before going to bed early.

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On Monday, Rob and I did our first and only tourist-y thing: toured the Kennedy Space Center.  If you are ever in Florida and you are a nerd, you should definitely go to the Kennedy Space Center.  It was nuts, yo. We paid a little extra and got to go inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, where they assemble freaking shuttles.  We even saw the remains of the shuttle Endeavour! WHAT?! I've never been all that into space, unlike my nerd husband, but this tour was freaking amazing.  We also got to see the launch pads from which Apollo 11 and the Challenger took off, got to sit/lay down in models of moon capsule things, went into the shuttle simulator (which was kind of lame, admittedly), and saw the original mission control consoles from the Apollo flights.  Funny story: they told us that there was more computing power in a digital watch than in the entire room of consoles.  Anyway, it was totally worth the money we spent on it and I highly recommend it.


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The next day (Tuesday) we spent on the beach, and it was finally warm enough to go swimming.  Rob told me that as a child he always built sand "dams" to see if he could stop the waves.  We built a "wall" together, along with our "castle" and "serf houses" to see how well we could protect them.  Spoiler alert: not well.  But it was fun anyway and I love being a total goofy nerd with my husband.  I'm pretty sure everyone walking by thought we were just that. Also, if you're wondering why I'm prancing around like an idiot, it's because Rob wanted to capture a picture of me prancing around like an idiot. Also, appreciate my muffin top.

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Tuesday was also the day that Rob got the call from Santa Fe confirming that he had the job! It was very exciting and in a way, I think pretty cool that we found out while relaxing and sunning ourselves on the beach.  After that happy little piece of news we drove into Cocoa Beach, where we had lunch with my friend Dorrie.  Dorrie and I have known each other since 4th grade and were always the best of friends.  I hadn't seen her since high school graduation so it was pretty awesome to catch up again.  We also opened our Christmas gifts from Rob's mom and chatted about our beasties.  


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On our last day I intentionally bought a later ticket so we could enjoy the day without having to rush to the airport.  We built yet another sand village which was quickly destroyed and scratched ourselves up on some rocks in the ocean.  We tried to go to Orlando early to eat P.F. Chang's, but we couldn't find it in the ridiculous, labyrinthine mall in which is was located, so I ended up dining on potato chips, carrots, and candy. Yay, gluten-free diets.  After lots of flying and driving we got home by 12:30 am or so and totally crashed.

All in all we had a really good time.  When Rob and I go on vacation we tend to do a lot more relaxing than tourist-ing.  Honestly I'm a lot happier just sitting alone with my husband in front of the ocean than riding roller coasters, and I was reminded of this simple joy many times throughout our trip.  I'm a very lucky girl.

Anyway I hope you all had a great week and enjoyed the guest posts!

12 comments:

  1. This looks like an amazing trip!! You are such a beautiful person, Caitlin, inside and out!

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  2. Whoa, cool bathing suit! And I can't believe you got to see space shuttles and stuff, that's something I'd like to do someday.

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  3. Wow... what an amazing vacation post. Glad you had fun and good news about the job. Happy New Year.

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  4. Wow, that's really awesome you got to see the shuttles like that!! My grandpa worked for NASA and he would take us to the museum and stuff up here when it was still open...I loved it but it would be awesome to see all of that stuff from a real shuttle! YAY for the new job and that you found out while you were relaxing..what a great little extra fun to the vacation :)

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  5. Sounds like you had a blast! Jealous of your beach time; I miss the ocean. Also: cute yellow top!

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  6. I love your polka dot bikini. So cute!

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  7. Sound and looks awesome. :) Confession: I'm married to a space nerd. He even went to space camp as a kid. I do NOT make that public knowledge. ;)

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  8. I am so sad you didn't get to eat PF Chang's. This sounds like the worst vacation ever!
    Minus all the other parts.
    =]

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  9. hey there, good lookin! i want to be able to wear a bathing suit right now, but 40 degrees just ain't my thing. actually.....yesterday i turned on the heater in the bathroom and walked around in a bikini....because i WANTED to pretend like i was on a vacation. didn't work. :)

    and if you were that close to the kennedy space flight center, you were about 15 minutes away from peppy's grandparents. :)

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  10. Looks like you had a great trip! I wouldn't dare bringing out a swim suit right now haha....its -24 here! Brr!

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  11. Sounds like so much fun! Love your pictures, and I love relaxing vacations too. It was just what you needed to take a break from the real world for a few days :)

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  12. Kennedy Space Center is awesome...I only live an hour from there, in Orlando. I went for the first time back in August when they had the Star Trek exhibit, which was cool & lame all at the same time...lol. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

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