Knowing it would be a leisurely day while we waited for any additional news about the Falcon 9 launch, we slept in a bit and took our time finding the highly-rated Simply Delicious restaurant for breakfast. Totally living up to its name, we had a gorgeous breakfast before heading over to a park close by to explore the beach by daylight.
Being the Atlantic Ocean coast, the ocean had the heaving, living, dangerous feel that always makes me feel wild and free. The sand was gorgeous and so was the day. We spent a long time walking the beach and watching the surfers and birds. Not to mention successfully procuring the requisite seashells.
Once more brushing sand from our feet, we jumped back in the car and headed for the Merritt Island National Wildlife Preserve in hopes of seeing some manatees. We were not disappointed. Several manatees were collected in a warm cove of water at the first stop and we watched these gentle giants for some time. Another person there pointed us towards another location and we drove a little further on to find it. We didn’t find manatees, there, but there was resident beach pelican and a few dolphins playing and fishing in the water. While there, a fisherman directed us to yet another location where we have fun watching a bunch of manatees, dolphins and pelicans in a calm area of water.
Having heard nothing about the launch being cancelled, we decided to stay the extra night. We used my points this time, which got us into the more modest, but lovely La Quinta Inn and Suites. We got checked in and learned that we had inadvertently booked ourselves into a hotel with a history! The hotel had originally be owned by the original 7 astronauts in the U.S. Mercury space program’s Race for Space, and occupied by their families while they were on missions!
(Underwater manatee photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)