Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Titusville - at a mooring

Up she goes!!
We had intended going to the Cocoa Beach anchorage but the day was so fair and the winds so light and the seas so flat, that we continued on to Titusville. We would have arrived around 5:00 pm but we had not figured on the bridge to the Kennedy Space Center being closed to ICW traffic from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. We got there around 4:00 and had to kill an hour waiting for the bridge to open. On the plus side, shortly after we went through the upraised bridge, the bridge tender called us and said there was going to be a rocket launch in a few minutes that we might want to see. We knew nothing about it at the time but we eagerly awaited the event, idling along the ICW until the appointed time.

After a long day, a nice sunset
Far in the distance was the Kennedy launch pad for the Atlas V rocket. It was scheduled to send a geosynchronous satellite into orbit and it launched right on time. We watched it ignite and climb into the sky and shortly thereafter, we heard the noise of the launch! Impressive!

Coming into Titusville we decided to pick up a mooring rather than going into the marina for a dock since it was no late. Titusville initiated a new policy of allowing you to pick up a mooring at no charge as long as you had a dock reservation for the next day and it was after 4:00 pm. We met both criteria. I rushed Hoolie to shore and then had wine on the back of the boat, watching the sunset, nice!