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Another Fun Cruise Aboard Sandy Hook

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Another Fun Cruise Aboard Sandy Hook
See the Manatee Slow Speed sign just below the tiny water tower?
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We had another unbelieveable experience aboard SANDY HOOK! Besides all the fun of training while underway we had another mission....Mission Control with NASA at the helm! This terrific 5 day training trip allowed us to anchor every night and offered lots of hands-on for these New Jersey cousins Gail and Paul!

Living the Dream included seeing AND FEELING the last launch of Space Shuttle Discovery while at anchor in the Indian River in Titusville, Florida. Take a 5 minute break and click here to experience this piece of history for yourself!

Comfortable on a Kayak, Gail and Paul head out to explore once we dropped anchor in the Indian River Lagoon.
Sunset on another beautiful day in paradise.
...and the Sunrise never disappoints.
Let's learn about the engine room...
Paul is ready to learn about another kind of IRON.
Snuggling in the engine room! Learning together is twice the fun...
Captain Chris helps Gail complete the log book. Lots to do each morning before we turn the key and start the engines.
We must check every bridge to be certain that we have enough room to pass under OR call the bridge tender and request an opening on the VHF radio. We use channel 9 in Florida to contact the bridges and channel 13 for the locks on the Okeechobee waterway.
At another bridge we find Gail up on the roof to verify that we have enough room. The measurement boards on the side of the bridge are not always easy to worries that she's so close to the electronics- we turned the RADAR off!
The Navigators!
Captain Chris gets a break from the helm because......
....Gail is now the CAPTAIN!!
We are anchored just west of the assembly building where the shuttles are prepared on site before they move out to the launch pad.
And we have lift off! We could feel the thunder of the rocket boosters while see watched from the deck of SANDY HOOK.
Up, up and AWAY! You can see the white shuttle against the orange tanks...kewl!
....into the clouds.
You can barely see the fireball now...
All that is left is the contrail and now the astronauts are experiencing G-forces.
Captain Chris gets muddy while picking up the anchor. Arrrrgh!
Gail is doing needle point on the back deck and creating a great personalized book mark for Alyse.
We enjoyed introducing our cousins to cruisers from our local power squadron during a Saturday afternoon raft-up at Hole-in-the-wall in Vero Beach FL.
Thanks for joining us Gail and Paul! You're welcome back anytime!

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