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Old 02-08-2010, 08:53 AM   #239
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Originally Posted by Sky View Post
Nice shot deauxrite! The launch was absolutely beautiful. When
it pierced that little thin cloud , it really added to the color and gave
some respective. Awesome!
The launch looked spectacular on the video clip I saw, bet it was WAY cool being there. How far from the pad is KARS? Looked like a good view. Glad everyone got a chance to see it, be safe as you hit the road again.


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Old 02-08-2010, 03:05 PM   #240
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A big thanks to Laura. We had a spectacular visit and the lift off was the best we've seen. I second all the comments made about forums rally.
Hope we meet again somewhere down the road.

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Old 02-08-2010, 05:41 PM   #241
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Originally Posted by Gen Disarray View Post
........ How far from the pad is KARS?
Google Earth puts it at about 10 -12 miles away from KARS.
It took about a minute for the sound to reach us.

Sorry you couldn't get here Rodney. With your camera skills,
it would have been interesting to see your pics. Maybe next time.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:09 AM   #242
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So sorry you were not there in person to see it, I only got to see one in my lifetime, it was pretty fabulous, I hope another opportunity comes up for you in the near future, I will put in my 2 cents for you anytime.....

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Old 02-09-2010, 03:05 PM   #243
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We had the best time ever!! Laura, you are a very special person and should be commended for your wonderful job, WELL DONE!! We will remember the experience forever. Nice to meet for the first time other Airstreamers. We look forward to many other events with you all.

We just return to home and the internet. Time to catch up on things.

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Old 02-09-2010, 03:53 PM   #244
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We are home and can easily say this was a great rally.

Laura did a super job as host, and we appreciated the backup hosts too, Lyle and Marge, for helping to extend our stay.

I shot a video of the launch from the dock, but still have to convert from mov to avi file. Will try to post when it is in the right format.
Thanks to all that made it a success.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:10 PM   #245
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Glad you all got to see the launch, it was great to meet all of you. Had to head to Disney Sunday, our grandson was getting too antsy to wait another day. We had a great time both places and finally made it home after a strong wind made our awning come loose, broke the latch. I think we just need to add an extra $1,000 per trip for repairs. Thanks Laura for everything!
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:49 PM   #246
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Thanks Laura, we know deep down that on your last work-site visit, you pulled all the strings to make the launch a sure thing for Monday morning.
Truthfully, it was a great rally. Not too large, certainly not too small. We met so many different folks from near and far, and we hope to remain in contact with several.

Best luck to you. Hope you will keep us informed of your activities, and don't forget to drop in if you are EVER in Vermont.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:06 AM   #247
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Greetings Shuttle & Airstream Enthusiasts!

Thank you all for joining in the Rally. We had a total of 19 trailers - a few folks couldn’t swing it and others were MIA. But I still think it was very successful rally and I am so glad everyone got power/water. I still can’t figure out why the Country Store personnel couldn’t have been more forthcoming about the overflow scenario… but I know a few of you experienced the same enthusiastic assistance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am thankful for meeting so many neat people! I hope to keep in touch with you all.

I pulled Ophelia home yesterday in the rain. I can’t believe the weather we had –it didn’t feel like Florida and wasn’t really conducive to outdoor gatherings like I had anticipated. I have enough food to survive a couple months now; super bowl chili & nachos, breakfast biscuits and sweet rolls, dogs & burgers and chips out the ying-yang!

It was so much fun that I’ll try to plan another gathering before the end of the program. Maybe STS-132, launch of Atlantis, currently scheduled for May 14 at 2:28 pm? For now, I need to focus on my resume and working to find a new job! Yikes.

Muchas gracias to everyone!

airdreamers: loved your space shuttle – really added a *touch of class*
BDand TTs: thanks for the showing – beautiful work – now get back to cleaning restrooms!
DaveFL : thanks for helping me with my door latch – it was nice to meet you two
deauxrite: I’ll try to remember to *Just Keep Breathing* (now I get it)
fltlevel510: thanks so much for creating our logo – and for bring Tom & Millie with you!
frankandsue: sorry you missed the launch! I’ll be watching to see what my dad turns out of the Katrina pieces.
gr.austin: thanks for the leads on headhunters
Greg N Cindy: it was good to meet you and wish you all had been down south with us
halimer: enjoyed the trip to PAFB and thank you for getting my HW tank working (warm water is a luxury)!
jdalrymple: I’ll be watching Jerry Springer to see you and Jami
lylevg: thanks for coming all the way from CA and bringing in AIRForum early-birds – loved watching Flash Gordon
Ramble Can: sorry I missed you on Tuesday – thanks for figurin’ out my antenna mess, watching over my girls and the warm welcoming. Hope Jeff had a good b-day – and remembers it after Normans.
rtaylor537: glad you made it over from Frostproof – maybe I’ll make it over for a weekend visit
Sky: nice chair man – hope you two get to do some kayaking soon
Bandits: thanks for all the hospitality – I’m sorry now that I flaked out on super bowl – but enjoyed the cake
dmoore: wish I could have spent some time hearing about your trips
PhiDor: glad you made it on such short notice!
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:41 AM   #248
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Many Thanks!

Wow! What a wonderful experience…When Lyle first found your invite to Airstreamers for the launch, I thought what a generous thing to do! ( Especially never putting together a rally before!) Little did I know that was only a small part of your generosity. Lyle and I want you to know how much we appreciate everything you did. Keeping track of everyone ,making sure the park could handle us, emailing updates and worrying about US! I must say though, my favorite highlight (aside from the launch itself!) was the pamphlet you put together. It was so thoughtfully done, a keepsake for sure! We hope that you will come to San Diego and we can share our beautiful city with you. Please keep us updated on your career search and your adventures. Our best wishes to you in everything you do…you deserve the very best!
To everyone who came to the Launch…..we had so much fun visiting and sharing stories with you. It was a great group and we look forward to a reunion in the future! Happy Trails to ALL!
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:50 AM   #249
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Launch 2

For those of you who could not stick around for the launch of the Saturn went off a day late, but it was very impressive.
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:01 AM   #250
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Shuttle Rally


Great photo! wish we could have stayed the extra day but was in a big hurry to get home and install the new bike rack. Went to West Marine and bought all stainless mounting bolt and washers - Shiny - and it works great. Hopefully we will get back to the space center in March for the next shuttle launch.

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Old 03-05-2010, 01:08 PM   #251
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Here is a pretty nice shot of the launch:

Waterway to Orbit - Photography by James Vernacotola
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:26 PM   #252
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These pics in no way compare to the Sky presentation but for a novice, I don't think they are too bad! From 5+ miles, KARS campground.

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