I had to go quite a long way back to find you a ‘K’ for this week’s ABC Wednesday.Â All the way back to the years 2001 and 2002, when we took our holidays in Florida two years running and toured the amusements on offer down there.
And what a lucky coincidence – we stayed in Kissimmee!Â Here’s the rather lovely house which we rented -
And here’s the kitchen in the lovely house in Kissimmee which we rented.
There’s even a kettle!Â That’s because the people who own this one are English.
We did the amusement parks, of course, and one of the places we took the boys was this Krazy House -
Wonderworks was great fun!
But it wasn’t all theme parks.Â One of the places we visited was the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral.Â I believe it’s changed its name a couple of times, so forgive me if I’m less than accurate on the actual title – but trust me; when we went, the word ‘Kennedy‘ was somewhere in there, so it’ll do nicely for this week.
And the Kennedy Space Centre, unlike the theme parks, was not exactly fun.Â It was more than fun. It was awesome and edumakashunul!
Here is the entrance, where you have to pay at the kiosks -
And once inside, it was dropped jaws all around, starting when we were shown this building.Â I don’t know if it’s still true, but we were told it was the biggest single enclosed space in the world, and it’s where they assemble the rockets before trundling them out to the launch site.
There were a few vehicles on display outside, including this space shuttle – Explorer.
And this display of random rockets. I have no idea what they all are, but no doubt some of you can contribute a name or two.
Can you imagine how many tons of fuel it takes to provide the kinetic energy to throw these things into space?Â No, me neither. It’s mind-boggling.
This bobbly green object is a Russian capsule whose name completely escapes me but it looks as if it comes straight out of Dan Dare.Â Men orbited the Earth in that dinky little thing!
But it was Saturn V which was the star.
See the size of that thing?Â I mean … look at it!Â And that’s the one that made OH cry.Â Â Here’s Son No 2 – who was just a kid of sixteen at the time – giving his father some emotional support.
Isn’t that sweet?Â He looks slightly bemused, as he watches his Dad wipe tears from his glasses, but there you go.Â He didn’t live through this part of our history, so it’s understandable it didn’t have quite the same effect on him, whereas OH has long had a love affair with the space program, so the Kennedy Space Centre was the one place he did not want to miss. And Apollo V was high on his agenda.
And I have to say I found it awe-inspiring and fascinating, too.Â Did the boys like it?Â Well, they were boys.Â Of course they did!