A few weeks ago, I was at work like any normal day. Michael and I had a conversation via gchat that went something like this:
Me: "Hey honey. I am making turkey sandwiches for dinner tonight. Aren't you so glad you're dating a food blogger? Want to come over?"
Michael: "Can we have turkey sandwiches to go?"
Me: "That makes no sense. If we are 'going' then let's buy real food."
Michael: "Well I have a surprise! I will pick you up at 6:00 tonight."
Me: "Yay! Okay! What should I wear?"
Michael: "Your adventure clothes."
While I was contemplating buying a scuba suit or hiking boots, I went home after work so excited for our date night. After dinner (at Chipotle!!!) he started driving West on roads I had never seen in my life.
We stopped in the very random town of Greenbackville, Maryland... where I think there is nothing but a crab shack and this beautiful section of the Chesapeake Bay.
I love water in any form. I am so happy Delaware has bays, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and the Atlantic Ocean.
We caught a killer sunset along with some obvious making out in the car. Let's be honest. (194 days until we get married!!!!!!!!)
I thought the killer sunset was my surprise, but he kept driving on roads I had never been on before and we ended up in Wallops Island, Virginia across Oyster Bay from NASA Wallops... to watch a rocket launch!
NASA was launching the Minotaur 1 rocket with the ORS 1 Satellite that will be used for Air Force defense. We were only about 1.2 miles from the launch pad with the best view ever.
This is right after it launched. It all happened so fast and was so loud, I can't believe I even got a picture!
We were listening to the Launch Commander on the radio. He said within seconds, the rocket was 900 miles away going 12,000 miles per hour. I can't even understand it!
Top 5 coolest thing I've ever seen. For real.
Here is Michael's photo. He set his camera on a long shutter speed to capture the whole thing.
He dropped me off at home around 1:30 am on a weekday. I was tired at work the next day, but it was so worth it.
We are only a little under 2 hours from NASA Wallops. I want to keep checking their website to go again. I would love to see a shuttle launch! Does that make me a huge nerd?