Thursday - 8.31.00
We both were ready to leave the motel around 11:00 AM. The first order of the day was to call our parents. We had promised them we would call and neither of us had done it yet. Luckily, they know us and hadn't worried about our lack of contact. We then proceeded with the day. The first stop - Wally World again. We needed film and bought Wal-Mart gas - it was a dime cheaper than every place else on the strip.
SpaceCamp (an intense camp for teenagers interested in the Space Program) is also held at the Rocket Center in Huntsville and we were able to see some of their training areas. Next up was the bus tour over to the Army's Redstone Arsenal Complex. On the tour we were able to see a few of the modules that will make up part of the International Spacestation in the coming years. Kurt was being a little geeky (imagine that!) - asking more questions than anyone else was on our tour.
After 'eating lunch', we headed outside to view the
rockets and other space vehicles on display. We were especially impressed
with the Saturn V's (two, one broken into stages on the ground, and one
fully assembled vertically - WOW!) and the only full shuttle system on
display in the world (the orbiter, solid rocket boosters, and the external
tank all fully assembled). On the way out of the museum, we rode the Space
Shot - a vertical ride shooting upward at a rate of 45 miles an hour in
After dinner we made plans to drive to Nashville,
TN, find a hotel downtown and go out.
He stated that he might even get a job cooking in the Martini bar upstairs. After several hours at the pool bar, we moved on to Maggie Magee's, this one on Broadway. It turned out to be a college hangout with a decent blues band playing. Once again, the doorman was very cool. You could tell he wasn't from Nashville originally. We once again stumbled back to the hotel around 2:30 AM. Kurt of course misbehaved and initiated an ice fight on the 5th floor. Good thing our room was on the third floor. When we finally returned to the room, we didn't have any ice so Kurt had to go back for more. During this trip, he was questioned by the security guard - good thing he "didn't see or hear anything". We finally retired for the day around 3:00 AM. (Day 7)