Last year during the never ending "Holiday Season" I did a series of throw back Thursday posts and when I was trying to figure out what I could do for the 4th that was a tradition, not much came up. I did remember a trip we took to Florida in the Summer of 2006 and how we got to see a shuttle launch on July 4th! (we lived in Kansas at the time)
We weren't planning on watching the shuttle launch, but our plans put us right near Kennedy Space Center so after my dad thought it would be a good idea to try to get ON Cape Canaveral we eventually turned around due to traffic and pulled off on the side of an apartment complex to witness the shuttle launch.
Luckily I scrapbooked this shortly after it happened because I have some pretty cool memories that I wouldn't have been able to be as detailed about if I was just recalling them now.
The shuttle launch itself was pretty cool, but the best/worst part was how crazy people were. Parking on the side of the road and walking down the middle of the street where you would normally enter Kennedy Space Center.
About five minutes before blast off, we found an elevated strip mall with a view of the launch pad. Crossing the street, we ended up on the edge of the water in front of some apartment buildings, directly across from the launch pad.
This was the same day I fell in love with the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach and on the way back to Orlando we saw Fireworks EVERYWHERE!
Looking at the picture of my family minus my mom who was taking the pic, I'm reminded of that time in my life. I was 30 pounds lighter, the smallest I'd been since grade school and it really makes me want to get back to that size. I'm on the right and while I still don't look thin, I was thinner and at one point able to fit into a size 8, single digit and this picture always makes me remember that time of my life.
Have you ever seen a shuttle launch? What's your most memorable July 4th?