Sunday, December 27, 2009

Disney's Hollywood Studios

We spent a day in Disney's Hollywood Studios. We figured that it would not take us long...... well, it was amazing..... We loved it and did not leave until 9pm.
Here we are on main street. What a great time.
Lights, Motors, Action!!!!! What a great action presentation. We saw lots of stunts, they showed us. We even saw Herbie Number 53.

This was a great presentation. It gave us the inside story of the great Walt Disney. Walt was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901. They told about his humble life and his special love for his brother. We saw a table that they first made the animated cartoons created by Disney. I remember Steam Boat Willie (Mickey) and loved some of his early cartoons. We also saw some of the items used on "the musketeers"..... boy, did that bring back memories. I loved that show.
Goodnight Disney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December 1 Disney World- Magic Kingdom

Yes, we are at Disney World. It was formally a 30,000 acre cow pasture and now it has grown to encompass four distinct parks and an assortment of other entertainments.
Us on main street just before we went into the Hall of Presidents.... one of our favorites.

Of course, you know me, I wanted to head over to
Tom Sawyer's Island. Frontierland brings back our childhood of being raised on the tales of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett.
It is amazing what I can talk your Dad into doing!!
What a long and fun day we had.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center

Cape Canaveral, FL is the home of the Kennedy Space Center, where the American rocketry & space exploration has been located since the launch of the unmanned "Bumper 8" research rocket in July of 1950.
In 1961, the launching of Alan Shepard from Pad 5, marked our first American in space. However, the BIG launching that I remember, happened in July of 1969. Apollo II blasted off from pad 39 and on the rocket were Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins and they were heading for the moon. And while they were heading for the moon, John & I were packing and moving from San Jose, CA to Chico State College in Chico. Ray was just 1 month old and Matt, cute as a button, was 1 year old. These years were the beginning of our family and these launches were the beginning of our great American Space Program.

This is the building that they assemble the rockets for space. You can see on the ground in front of the building what is called a "crawler"...... Now this is a very interesting transporter. The wheels on the crawler look like a BIG tank... it weighs 2400 tons and its speed is 1 mile per hour.
I wish that this picture could show how big this really is..... This is just the bottom of a Command Module.
When the Apollo Program ended, a total of 12 astronauts had set foot on the lunar surface. Together they spent 160 hours on the moon, walking and riding more then 60 miles across its highlands and basins. What trips they had!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thanksgiving in Florida with brother Mike

Brothers...... John and Mike
To start off Thanksgiving Day, we started with a walk on the beautiful Bradenton Beach.
There was a contest going on ..... Sand Sculptures. This is the boys working on their sculpture.
Here it is....... What do you all think?????
Happy Thanksgiving celebration at the RV resort with Mike..... It was great and the food was delicious.