Live, Learn, & Fun

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

-Mahatma Gandhi. ‘Good Morning’

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Living and Learning at the Thomas P Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford Oklahoma

Great Sunday! Met our friends at Ann’s, a local country diner, for breakfast. There was 10 of us on 2 bikes and 4 trikes all Honda Goldwings. Beautiful February weather for riding. Started out at 65F and topped off near 80. Took scenic drive Highway 115 through Meers and other various back highways enroute to Weatherford roughly an hour and quarter. Weatherford sits on old Route 66 the Mother Road. Rt 66 ran from Chicago to Los Angeles.
For more information about Weatherford check out http://www.travelok.com/weatherford .

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The museum is a fantastic tribute to the United States adventure into space exploration. But first it is a towns pride in a homeboys accomplishments. Thomas P Stafford was born and raised in Weatherford. He was a football star. An appointee to the Naval Academy. Became an Airforce pilot. A test pilot. An astronaut. He flew on many important missions; to the moon; and the only Apollo-Soyuz test project, the docking of American and Soviet space vehicles in July 1975. The historical fact in that one moment the International “space race” ended.¹
The museum displays an array of air history with replicas of the Wright Brothers airplane and other early historical air vehicles. There are also planes that General Stafford flew as a young test pilot. This is a space museum so the displays do go on to be dedicated to the space engines, command centers, and rockets. Also suits, food and other necessities for a trip to outer space. There are many actual items used in the NASA program. A part of a communication center from Houston still carries a NASA property ID tag also has a manufacturing tag from Ford.
I think the item that impressed me the most was an actual deactivated Titan II rocket both stages out of a Kansas underground silo, along with the nuclear capable head. The significants of seeing this of course was the message of the end of the “Cold War”.

After a couple of hours wandering through this very informative and interesting museum, it was time to eat. And that is what Goldwingers do second best…first we ride then we eat! If you’ve ever been to Weatherford, you know you have to go to Lucille’s Roadhouse. It boasts a 50’s style diner with Rt 66 decor and a steakhouse. The diner was closed by the time we got there at 3 so we went to the steakhouse. We were not disappointed. The food and the service was great. By the time we left most of us lady’s put on an extra layer as with sun setting comes cooler temps. Riding home was uneventful as Robert & Jeanne and Tom & I peeled off to continue heading east as the others turned south at Hwy58. We arrived home just in time to feed Sadie thereby not incurring any sad puppy stares.

I was able to start a bracelet on Saturday and have been working on it last 2 afternoons while enjoying nice 75F weather outside. I’m having a bit of a problem with my tension as I seem to have pulled the center portion tight. The bracelet wants to curl and won’t lay flat. I’m almost finished, I do love the colors. It is a pattern by Ellad2 called Pillars. I found it on her Etsy page.
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Have a great Thursday see you Friday or Saturday. 😁

¹ http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/stafford-tp.html