PART 2.

By this time, as we were preparing to launch, I would fly to LAX and then drive to Vandenberg.  The drive was about three hours and there were times when I would go out with friends in Los Angeles and then have to drive to Vandenberg at three or four in the morning.  That was a difficult drive as it is a very dark drive, but I persevered.  The Rocket was mated and rolled out for photo ops, which I attended.  Other than that, most of my time was spent trying to entertain myself.

Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA. Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA. Crowne Plaza, Redondo Beach, CA.
Freds House. Fred coming into his house. My Hotel.  This was when I was sticking around Los Angeles when nothing was going on.
Crowne Plaza, Redondo Beach, CA. Crowne Plaza, Redondo Beach, CA. Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA.
My Hotel. My Hotel. Mini Bear in Fred's side yard.
Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA. Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA. Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA.
Mini Bear. Mini prepares to jump over the fence. Mini stays on the top of the fence for a while, staying out of reach.
Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA. Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA. Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA.
Close up of Mini. Mini. Mini.
Redondo Beach, California. Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA. Redondo Beach, CA.  Coffee Monkey shop.
Mini. Fred's rental car.  His Van was in the shop. We went to a place called the CoffeeMonkey.  It was a nice place.
Redondo Beach, CA. Redondo Beach, CA.  Coffee Monkey Shop. Redondo Beach, CA.  Coffee Monkey Shop.
This is basically the view from our table. Fred Reardon. Bill Hansell.  Terrible photo.
Fred Reardon House on Garnet Street, Redondo Beach, CA. Redondo Beach, CA. Redondo Beach, CA.
Mini Bear. The intersection of Catalina and Garnet.  This is kind of a bike trail. Another view.  This was when we were riding bikes around the beach area.
Hermosa Beach, CA. Hermosa Beach, CA. Hermosa Beach, CA.
Hermosa, Redondo, Manhattan.  Who knows what beach I am on, but I believe this is Hermosa. The Hermosa Beach Peir. Fred in Hermosa Beach.
Hermosa Beach, CA. Hermosa Beach, CA. Hermosa Beach, CA.
Fred. People by the Pier. Bill Hansell.
Hermosa Beach, CA. Hermosa Beach, CA. Hermosa Beach, CA.
Bill Hansell.  We went shopping in the area. Bill Hansell. Fred Reardon.