Today we visited both the Visitor Center at the NASA Wallops Island facility and the Delmarva Discovery Center in Pokomoke, MD. They were both fun. Wallops Island was the primary NASA launch facility until that was moved to Cape Canaveral, FL, but it is still the primary location for sub-orbital launches and there’s a lot of communications and tracking done from there. The Visitor Center had a lot more than I expected and we really enjoyed it. Before we left we discovered a theater off the entrance and got to see a nice CGI movie about the new journeys to the moon.
After a quick Arby’s lunch on the way, we went to the Delmarva Discovery Center. It was well-set-up and had exhibits about the region and about the Pokomoke River as well. There was a large steamboat-style exhibit that the boys liked, as well as a sailboat with a working sail that could be adjusted. The entrance fees were a little steep for the content, but averaged with the NASA trip (which was free) it worked out well!
After we got back, Ryan and I biked over to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge visitor center to check out the schedule for next week’s activities. We wanted to do a guided kayak trip, but it wasn’t being offered late this week or early next week due to the schedule of the tides. Oh well… maybe next time! We took the opportunity to visit the Toms Park Visitor Center again as well before heading back home, putting a bit more mileage (and road experience for Ryan) on the bikes.
We ate dinner in this evening; I fixed a chicken/rice/green beans meal that was well-received. After dinner we all biked over for a second visit to Memorial Park. We headed back at dusk – the latest in the day I’ve ridden in a while. We all made it back safe.