There were so many people there- Kate had to climb up on Shaun's back so she could see. It's rough being the only shortie.
Ry was totally enthralled...
T minus 2 minutes and counting...
Brother Manning let us borrow his binoculars so we could see even better.
And... blast off. They fired the booster and immediately you could see the white and orange followed by tons of purple smoke. About three seconds later- the sound hit us. You could literally see it "hit" the crowd. Then it just shook your chest for the next two minutes as it continued to fire.
The boys loved every second. What boy doesn't love a good "BOOM" and pyrotechnic show?
Afterward, we had a little time before I had to be back for piano lessons, so we took the long way around and went out to the Golden Spike National Park. I've actually never been there. Learned all about it in Mr. Thompson's 7th grade Utah History class... but I've never seen it.
Ryan was super-less-than- impressed at this point. He was hot and hungry. Not a great combination in Ryan. So he was not at all helpful in smiling for pictures. That's okay though. I figure these are excellent blackmail pictures later. Here they all are at the actual site of the "Golden Spike".
Ty and Kate walking one of the rails...
Ry eventually joined them. Under great protest.
So that mom could have her picture. They may actually all end up being like Ryan in the end. Maybe I shouldn't take so many pictures... NAH! I love it too much. :) I tried to help the little Bear out though and told them to make a silly face for this last picture... apparently Kate was the only one that took me up on it. C'est la vie, right?