Being from Florida, I am used to going out into my front yard in Orlando on Shuttle launch days and being able to see the launch all the way over at the Space Center. Never did I think I would see the shuttle flyover me - and so close.
I'm sure many blogs have covered the flyover the Space Shuttle Endeavor did atop a specially rigged 747 around South California on Friday, but I had to add our vantage point because, well, it was just so thrilling!
It was a last minute decision to head towards Griffith Park area in Los Angeles and we paid the price in traffic for hemming and hawing for so long. We finally arrived to the neighborhood at the base of Griffith Park, Los Feliz and decided to pull into one of the side streets and wait as we had only about 10 minutes until the flyover was to occur in this area.
We weren't the only ones doing this. The streets were lined with parked, empty cars. People had parked and then walked up to the top. We decided to stop about halfway because, one, we found a space, and two, we knew traffic going out would be ridiculous and three, time factor.
We waited in a small cul-de-sac for about half an hour with a small group of people who were doing the same thing. Above us homeowners were on their balconies waiting for the great view they would have right from their homes. They were nice enough to tell us, "here it comes - it's coming right over you!"
And it sure did!
My pictures are not the best, but Mr. T shot a video on his phone that captured the moment fairly well.
It's something I will never forget seeing, just as I've never forgotten the privilege of being able to watch so many launches from my front yard for over 20 years.
Next post: we explored a little north of our area and found a really nice place!