Nov 052010

It started raining late Wednesday night, and it rained hard most of the night here in Titusville. By morning the rain was really coming down, and NASA postponed the space shuttle launch again. Now they are aiming for this afternoon.

The many delays may be frustrating for those who are waiting to see the space shuttle blast off, but the local merchants sure appreciate it. The stores and restaurants are all very busy.

I used to do a lot of fishing, but it’s been years since I dipped a line in the water, except for one outing a couple of years ago with our friends Wes and Jan Chilson on their boat in Aransas Pass, Texas. Lately I’ve been wanting to get back into the sport.

With yesterday’s launch canceled, we visited a couple of shops so I could look at fishing equipment. The stuff I had years ago was getting beat up in the bus bays, and never getting used, so I finally gave it to my son-in-law. I’ve been away from fishing so long that I need to reeducate myself on what kind of gear I need.

I’m pretty much a catch and release angler, because I like catching fish a lot more than I like eating fish. I don’t plan on doing any deep sea fishing, so I don’t need super heavy duty stuff, and I don’t want to spend a lot of money, because I’m cheap. I’m leaning toward a Shakespeare Ugly Stick rod and spinning reel combo I saw at WalMart. My friend Al Hesselbart from the RV Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart is a dedicated angler who’d rather fish than eat, so I called him for his suggestions, and Al thought the Ugly Stick was a good choice for my needs.

After looking at fishing gear at a couple of places, we stopped in at a little used book store in town, because we can never pass up a book store. But, the owner was closing early because she had to get to an appointment, so we only stayed a few minutes. We’ll have to go back on another trip to this area.

It was still raining, and obviously wasn’t going to clear up anytime soon, so we decided to have an early dinner and then head back to the motorhome. Somebody had suggested Valentino’s, an Italian restaurant in the shopping mall on U.S. Highway 1 (Washington Street). The place wasn’t fancy, but Terry and I agreed that it was absolutely the best pizza we have had in more years than we can remember.  The service was fast and friendly, and our total bill for bread knots, a medium pizza, and drinks, was $20. You can’t beat a bargain like that!

The weather is supposed to clear today, and we’re scheduled to have lunch with our friends, and hosts here, Peter and Connie Bradish. If we get done in time, we’ll run back to the riverfront and try to find a parking place among the crowds. NASA says the shuttle launch is back on schedule for 3:03 this afternoon, and I really hope we get to see it this time! It’s one more thing to cross off my bucket list.

Thought For The Day – It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.

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  6 Responses to “A Rainy Day On The Space Coast”

  1. hey Nick:
    Ugly stick is a good choice.Joan and I both use the combo from Walmart for wade fishing in Rockport.

  2. I really enjoy reading your blog each day. I have noticed that you mention food in almost every blog! That shows me where you mind is all the time, LOL. Maybe you should publish a list of all your favorite food joints!!

    I hope you get to see the launch, we tried to make a shuttle launch last year but had to leave the area before they finally launched.

  3. Scrubbed again in the last 1/2 hour ….we’re out of here..leaving Paradise Beach. Next launch day Monday ….We gone

  4. Our fingers are crossed that you get to see the launch, from what I have heard it is awesome. With them retiring the shuttle I do not think we will ever see one. Hope you also get some great pictures to share with us. You do such great work on them. Mike also has a ugly fishing pole, with his though the fish just laugh at him. In all the years we have been together he has caught one fish, and since I do not go with him this was verified by the folks he gave it to so they could have it for dinner. The only way to go is catch and release unless you need them to feed your family.

  5. Nick,

    Bill and I have never fished, but we said we’d like to try. Maybe you could get a seminar about how to go about getting the equipment and a few tips for beginners. I don’t think I’ve seen a seminar at a rally on that in our 3 short years of RVing.

  6. I got my license and took the grand kids fishing this summer. They are only 7 & 5 years old and never fished before. I went to a sure spot where I know they would catch something. Size didn’t matter. Boy, what a thrill for them when they actually caught a real live fish for themselves! We got pictures and it was the highlight of our summer. They each had to frame the pictures. Priceless experience.

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