Perhaps it was luck that the Discovery shuttle happened to launch on Independence Day – or was it intentional? With several launch attempts scrubbed it was luck for us that the launch happened on July 4th. Although we could technically see shuttles in the past from the Orlando area Jason had his heart set on seeing a shuttle closer, even more so Hope was rather eager to see the “spaceship”. So on the fly we drove over towards Cape Canaveral.
With much amazement the traffic on the way there was not bad at all. Until, of course, we came within 6 miles of the Visitor’s complex – which is exactly where we stopped. It was much like a parking lot in the middle of a highway, but the sense of anticipation and unity of those who came to see the spectacle was pretty remarkable. And now that the launch has gone and passed everyone knows that the shuttle made it safely into orbit – however, that sense of the unknown made way for huge cheers amongst the crowd of people standing in the heat in the middle of a highway.