We knew it was happening when we set off this morning for Simone's school field trip to the zoo. We saw the people lining over passes in our town and all along the freeway, we hoped just maybe if we got to the zoo in time we might catch a glimpse as it flew by. Especially since the park is near the state capitol and that's where it was headed.
We got to the zoo around 9:15am, it was clearly field trip day because there were tons of people. It wasn't just Simone's class it was all the classes from our preschool system plus students from other elementary schools nearby. There had to be at least 100 people standing around in the park outside the zoo. There are also a lot of trees in the park so we had pretty much assumed there was no way we were going to see it. I felt so bad for Larry, I knew he really wanted to see it but just didn't think it was going to happen.
I don't know what time it was but I heard a bunch of people cheering and looked over and there it was, it flew right over our heads, super slow and super low. I ran, trying to dig my camera out of my bag as fast as I could, by the time I got there, this is what I got as it flew away. Everyone in the crowd was cheering, I had goose bumps and tears in my eyes. Who would have thought. A once in a lifetime chance to see a space shuttle fly by. I was so happy I saw it I just wished I had a chance to catch a better shot.
Luck would have it I was given a chance, after the plane flew over the Capital it came by again right over our heads, super slow and super low. This time I was ready and managed a few better shots.
What an amazing day, everyone at the zoo was talking about it even the guy who operated the train ride mentioned it. I'm so happy I had a chance to see it. Simone was just amazed, I think it surprised her but at the end of the field trip the train ride and the space shuttle were at the top of her list of cool things she saw today.