One of the reasons we chose Orlando as one of our stops was because my daughter, Casey was getting married on the sand at beautiful Cocoa Beach. She is not really my daughter, but just like a daughter to me. Her fiancé, Brian and she had most of the arrangements made, but we wanted to participate as much as possible.
We arrived at the KOA on Whippoorwill Lake and parked facing the lake. It turned out to be a great RV park and in a convenient place for our needs. My grandson, Kody, arrive a day before the wedding and we were thrilled to get to see him too. It also gave us the opportunity to try out having company in the RV. Fortunately, that worked out okay in spite of the fact Kody is a tall young man. He slept sorta sideways on the dining room bed. It probably gave him character!
We were afraid of rain on the day of the wedding, but Brian and Casey received the gift of an hour of perfect weather and a rainbow over the ocean behind them during the ceremony. In Florida it can be raining one minute and sunshine the next. After the ceremony, we all threw promise stones in the ocean.
The wedding diner was at the Sunset Seafood Restaurant and the manager, Susan, did a wonderful job making everything perfect for the wedding party. She even provided flowers she bought herself. The restaurant is on the canal facing the sunset and provided a special place for the dinner. It could not have turned out any better. We were grateful it was such a lovely evening.
After the wedding festivities were over, we did not visit any of the usual tourist places like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Lego Land, Epcot Center or even Gatorland, but we did see the Kennedy Space Center. It was named after President Kennedy to celebrate his dedication to the space program and his vision of landing on the moon.
The center is a spectacular facility with rockets, space capsules, movies, space shuttles and everything to do with space for you to see and touch. You can even touch a piece of the moon. We saw Launchpad 39 A and B, which has been used to launch every human space flight for NASA. We also saw the Saturn V Rocket and the Atlantis shuttle along with tons of items from the Apollo program. What a thrill!
The area is also a nature preserve and is home to thousands of birds, rattlesnakes, panthers, manatees, alligators and all manner of wildlife. If there is one thing you should see in the Orlando area, the Kennedy Space Center should be it. We will just have to return to see the other Orlando attractions.