For the Apollo 50th anniversary, my big summer trip was to visit Space Center Houston. 10 days, 15 airports, 3,140 miles.
First fuel stop of day two: Deming, NM
Roswell airport is huge, and home to about 100 derelict MD-80 airliners.
International UFO Museum at Roswell
They look a little lost, don't they? "Hey, can anyone give us directions to Disneyland Galaxy's Edge?"
Many many west TX oil fields, near Midland, TX
Fuel stop at San Angelo, TX
As I was taxing out to depart from San Angelo, spotted this parked Predator drone. Then while waiting my turn at the runway, another Predator landed right in front of me. Not an everyday sight!
Arrival at Huntsville, TX
Wanda and I on the way to Ellington Field to visit Space Center Houston
Ellington Field, airport closest to Space Center
Restored Apollo Mission Control, with displays as they were during the Apollo 11 moon walk.
Actual work area where astronauts train in mockups of space hardware.
Just another day at the office
Mockup of Orion space capsule
Everyone say, "Continued funding."
The next lunar rovers?
Some of this stuff might be at home in the Roswell museum ;-)
No visit would be complete without standing next to the biggest rocket engines ever.
Radio control model used to test carrying the space shuttle orbiter on top of a 747.
Wanda's ranch in Madisonville, TX
Grass runway needs a lot of mowing
The other end
A woman out standing in her field
Ready to depart Huntsville headed to Taos NM to escape TX humidity.
Wanda's ranch and runway from above
Fuel stop at Abilene, TX
As TX transitions to NM, terrain transitions from flat to mesas, which appears to be a good place to put wind turbines.
Approaching Taos, the Rio Grand Gorge
Arrival at Taos, NM
Taos pueblo dwellings, continuously occupied for 1,000 years
Rio Grand Gorge
My hotel in Taos. Every building in town, banks, churches, gas stations, were all designed to look like adobes.
Gorge and bridge seen while departing Taos airport