Quick trip to east coast to check out viewing areas for launch.
As the title said, this was a quick trip. All I wanted to do was get a handle on where to go to catch the launch. NASA publishes a list of some of the more popular public viewing places in Titusville and Cocoa Beach, so that was my mission - to check them out. Most of these are public parks, with restroom facilities, but obviously, anywhere a person can see across to Kennedy would work.
So, again, it was a bit of a long drive - almost 2 hours, but felt better to have taken a different route going over and coming back, to get a feel for time and distance. There is actually quite a "viewing dry spell" between Titusville and Cocoa Beach, due to developments along the beach, and subsequent inaccessibility, and Cocoa Beach is quite a bit further down the beach. All in all, however, all of the above are within 20-25 miles of Kennedy, so should provide a good show, no matter what.
Unfortunately, the day was rather cool and windy, so wasn't conducive to a hike on the beach.