I went across the state to Playalinda Beach on Wednesday for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. As you probably know, the launch was scrubbed. But I did get to spend the day at the beach, so it wasn’t a total loss.
And when I say “spend the day,” I mean the WHOLE day. At the Falcon Heavy launch last year, the beach filled up and was closed to incoming traffic by around 9:00 am. I didn’t make it in. To avoid a repeat of that, I met up with my photog friend Mike at his house near Orlando and we carpooled the rest of the way to get there early.
This was my day:
- 2:00 am - wake up, eat, shower
- 3:45 am - leave my house
- 5:45 am - get to Mike’s
- 6:00 am - leave Mike’s
- 7:00 am - arrive at at the park gate for the beach
- 7:15 pm - launch scrubbed
- 8:00 pm - leave beach
- 9:30 pm - get back to Mike’s
- 12:10 am - home
- 3:00 am - sleep
Brutal. I did take a nap on the beach in the morning for maybe 90 minutes and slept a little on the way from the beach to Mike’s house.
I did get to shoot some things I don’t normally shoot. We made some new friends and had a giant nerd party on the beach. I saw whales and giant devil rays breaching in the Atlantic Ocean. I saw a dolphin eat a bird. I shot lots of birds, which I don’t very often. I got to shoot the Falcon Heavy on the launch pad from 3.67 miles away. I got to play in the Atlantic Ocean, which I haven’t done in many years.
Besides the rocket not launching and me re-aggravating a slight ankle sprain, it was a fantastic day. Here are some highlights.
Oh yeah, there was a rocket out there, too.
Unfortunately, due to my ankle and a few other things, I was unable to make the trip back on Thursday for the launch. That’s the way it goes. But again, it was a really awesome day. And I didn’t even get sunburned!
Assuming there are no major delays in retrofitting the three rocket bodies that SpaceX landed, the next Falcon Heavy should go up in June.