Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Kennedy Space Center

Sunday we drove with the family to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We didn’t see any alligators, but we did see roseate spoonbills (kind of like a flamingo but with a funny-looking beak), herons, vultures, and I think flamingoes but they were a little too far away to know for sure (could have been more spoonbills).

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Monday the kids and I drove to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) where a full day was not nearly enough time to see all the exhibits. We did see alligators there though! KSC is on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, too, so there’s a lot of wildlife in the vicinity which can be seen from the bus tour that’s part of the admission price. There’s a bald-eagle’s nest that’s been there for decades and currently has one eaglet (and its parents).

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The USSR's Soyuz spacecraft that linked up with the US's Apollo in 1975.

The USSR’s Soyuz spacecraft that linked up with the US’s Apollo in 1975.

Gemini capsule

Gemini capsule

It was cramped quarters in those capsules.

It was cramped quarters in those capsules.

There's a crow eating from a plate in this bucket/tray.  The birds were quite aggressive at the Rocket Garden Cafe.

There’s a crow eating from a plate in this bucket/tray. The birds were quite aggressive at the Rocket Garden Cafe.

The Vehicle Assembly Building

The Vehicle Assembly Building

In front of the green screen, but we really did see the Atlantis!  :-)

In front of the green screen, but we really did see the Atlantis! 🙂

Gators!

Gators!

The Atlantis

The Atlantis

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Mary, Laurel, Charlie, and Nancy who we visited in Palm Bay Tuesday

Mary, Laurel, Charlie, and Nancy who we visited in Palm Bay Tuesday

We haven't seen any (real) manatee, so I guess this statue will have to suffice.

We haven’t seen any (real) manatee, so I guess this statue will have to suffice.

Laurel plays one of three guitars she found at Grandma's & Grandpa's house

Laurel plays one of three guitars she found at Grandma’s & Grandpa’s house

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