Mission to Mars

In October, K and I had the opportunity to travel to Cocoa Beach, Florida for a short vacation.  I planned to complete #24 on my 27 before 27 list – go parasailing.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and our parasailing outing was canceled.  Next time!

We ended up having several spontaneous adventures, though, including the following:

Used airbnb for the first time.  I was nervous about this one, but it turned out to be a great experience!  During our time in Florida, we stayed in a lovely house on the canal.  Our host was very nice and hardly home, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.  She let us use her canoe, kayak, and bicycles, which was probably the best part of the airbnb experience.  Her house was a short bike ride to town and the beach, which was super convenient.  Our morning routine was to bike to a coffee shop in town and then head over to the beach.  K went for a morning surf while I drank my coffee on the beach.  Perfection!




Explored the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  K really wanted to do this.  I was not so sure, but once we got there I was so happy we went!  You could spend the entire day here and still not see everything there is so see.  We did the Space Shuttle Launch Experience while we were here.  K loved it.  I found it to be pretty scary, though!  If you’re the least bit claustrophobic, don’t do it.  That is definitely the closest I want to get to launching into space.  🙂


Walking in the footsteps of Apollo 11




Space Shuttle Launch Experience.  Terrifying!


Mission to Mars

Went tubing at Kelly Park/Rock Springs in Florida.  This was probably my favorite Florida adventure.  Hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life.  This spot is just a short drive outside of Orlando, where we flew in.  We went here on our first day in Florida.  It was a bit rainy (but still plenty warm).  The weather turned out to be in our favor, though, as Rock Springs was fairly deserted.  We rented tubes from a (somewhat shady) little gas station outside the park (there are no tube rentals inside the park).  We paid a few dollars for the tubes and a few dollars to get in the park – it was less than $10 total.  This float was like a natural lazy river.  I may have been a bit paranoid about coming across an alligator (there were some warning signs), but we did not encounter anything worrisome.  The water was crystal clear, the scenery beautiful, and best of all, there were hardly any other people.  If you are ever in Florida, go here!



Drank at a beach bar in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Because hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.  It was very crowded (standing room only) when we arrived. K (of course) made friends with an older couple near us and they kindly gave us their beach-view table when they left.  There is nothing like having a drink at a beach with some live music.  What a fun night!


Tried Cuban food.  There was a cool Cuban restaurant in town that we biked to one night for dinner.  We decided to be extra adventurous and ordered every single side dish so we could try everything.  Most of the sides were good, although I didn’t really care for the plantains.  I was not a fan of the boiled yuca, either.  The meat was delicious and wonderfully flavored, though.  I would definitely eat Cuban food again.


Such a fun trip.  Would love to return!



3 thoughts on “Mission to Mars

  1. Thats a very nice post. I recently traveled to Orlando and couldn’t find anything to do, wish had read your post. And I went to Cocoa beach, it was deserted!

    • Oh, bummer! Definitely check out Rock Springs/Kelly Park next time you’re near Orlando. I cannot say enough good things about that place. 🙂

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