Any suggestions on best place to view the shuttle lift off and campgrounds in area. Plan on leaving for titusville on 24th of this month with hopes that the lift off will go on time Sunday the 27th. send gas money :laugh:
Been going to that area for years. We have seen shuttle launches from as far South as the Air Force Base on A1A (Just South of Cocoa Beach). Lots of folks just take their lawn chair to beach and watch from there. I have never done it, but they say the best location is on the pull off on Rt 528 (BeeLine Highway) by the first bridge heading West towards Orlando from North End of town *(by Cruise Ship line area). Will have to be patient when leaving it and early to get a spot.
There is a park called Jetty Park out by the Cruise Line areas (also right beside Ron Jon's RESORT). Not sure if they take reservations anymore or what, but you might try contacting them for spot.
We use to stay at South End of Cocoa Beach, but they sold the park. There may be other campgrounds close to where you may be able to see it.......but not on the beach.
We will be spending winter at Melborne Beach (20 miles south of Cocoa Beach) starting Nov.
Launches are fantastic to see......have fun////
Archer is right...Jetty park is the best place to be as you are just south of the launch pad. When I lived there we were able to get on base at Canaveral and watch the launches up close and personal. Saw the very first one standing out side at work in Palm Bay,Fl. Something I will never forget. To view anywhere along US 1 in the Titusville area is great as you are just across from the launch pad. I lived in Palm Bay and all we had to do was go outside and you could see the shuttle and hear the sonic boom. So really anywhere you are in the area you will see something. There is a RV park in Melbourne landyachtharbormelbourne.com that has a few sites for daily rental. Most there stay for the season. Enjoy the launch it is an awesome thing to watch!
Chelse, good luck. Watching the news tonight and NASA just anounced that the shuttle has the wrong bolts holding an antenna on. Check the news tomorrow, they are going to inspect it and make an anouncement.
Thanks for all the suggestions. Guess we will go launch or not. Getting itchy just sitting here waiting on doctors decision on knee. Told them it would just have to wait until we return now. Been hurting several months now so a couple weeks more I can handle. Would blame it on that copperhead bite but wrong leg.
We are here and waiting on the launch but does not look promising. Raining every afternoon with lightening. Hurrician on the way. think it has just been put back to a Monday launch. Having a great time
Chelse we hope she goes tomorrow otherwise they are going to put her back in the barn. so I heard at lunch time. We'll watch from our back yard , we're about 60 mi N. in Deland. We would go to the beach to see it but we are getting a new floor in the kitchen tomorrow. How long are you staying down here? Dw says that the cane may take a shot at us, but we won't get to excited till it's for sure. We were in bama last week, stayed at Lake Luleen SP for a nite, it's a nice place. When it gets cooler we want to come up to Birmingham area. We have friends that live in Odenville. We've stayed at the CG in Pell City, it's a nice place but pricy. There's one in Pell City, do you happen to know anything about it.
Keep the shiny side up, Jerry
What a sight . Watched the launch from across the river at Titusville. Worth the wait and running from the storms. Camped at manatee hamock campground which is across the river and a little south of launch pad. Excellent view from the campground but we wanted a little closer. pretty nice county owned CG and cost reasonable 24.42 per night full hookups. Waited the hurricain out at salt springs. Very nice National park and they honer golden age passport. Went in the mineral springs but didn't do the knee any good so tomorrow we go to the knee doc to see what our options are.
Micah I will ck into the cgs in the pell city area and let you know. Which one did you stay at in Pell City. I have never camped there. Oak Mt State park is just south of Birmingham on I-65. There is a Good Sam, used to be KOA at Pelham south of Bham on 65 but, it is pricey also Tannahill is on I-59 south of Bham is pretty interesting.
After they had scrubbed the launch Friday we were out on the pier at the campground after a rain and there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky and guess where it came down. Right on the launch pad Got a picture of it Had to feel that was a good sign and the launch would go Saturday as it did.
Chelse, sounds like a good time. That's one for my to-do-list. In 1983 while working for the Air Force on their Space Program at Vandenberg AFB, Ca, I got see the #5 Orbiter landing at Edwards AFB, Ca. She came in like a guided falling rock. The launch sounds spectacular. I guess I'd better hurry. Not sure how many more launchs they will do.
Chelse glad you got to see the launch, thats realy something huh. We mised it DW has me painting and I lost track of time. Salt Springs is one of the nicest cg around here. We stayed at S. Birmingham cg , it's off I-65 at exit 242. A little pricey but DW likes it there. Our friends live in Odenville and Pell City would be closer. Have they done anything to the by pass from I-65 to I-20. We were on it last summer and it is one rough road. I want to come up this fall for a week or so, and want to check out Oak Mt. also. We love bama, one day just might move up there.
Keep the shiny side up. Jerry