PART 3.

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.

Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California.
Fred Reardon. Fred Reardon. The Pier at Hermosa Beach.
Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California.
The Pier at Hermosa. Bill Hansell. Bill Hansell.  I bought a poster of something or the other and had no good way of carrying it except to attach it to my backpack.
Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California.
Bill Hansell Bill Hansell. Bill Hansell.
Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California.
Fred at the Convienience area. Fred at the bathrooms. Fred Reardon.
Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California.
Bill Hansell Bill Hansell People playing volleyball.
Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California. Hermosa Beach, California.
Bill Hansell. Bill Hansell. This is Hennesey Tavern, which is at the Hermosa Peir Promenade.  We had come directly here while biking to the party.  This is Suzy and Randi.
Hermosa Beach California, Hennesey Bar. Hermosa Beach California, Hennesey Bar. Fred Reardon House, Redondo beach, California.
Suzy and Randi. Suzy and Randi. Freds house.  I was driving from Los Angeles to Vandenberg Air Force Base, took a final photo.
Los Angeles to Vandenberg in California. Los Angeles to Vandenberg AFB in California. The Los Angeles Freeway.
This is me going from the 405 to the 101.  You have to have driven this area to understand. More of the drive. The road signs.
En-Route to Lompoc, CA. En-Route to Lompoc, CA. En-Route to Lompoc CA.
The scenery outside of the window. The scenery. The scenery.
En-Route to Lompoc, CA. Vandenberg Air Force Base, Astrotech Facility. Vandenberg Air Force Base, Astrotech Facility.
Bill Hansell Self-Portrait. The Astrotech facility when I arrived.  The huge trailer had arrived and it would be integrated next.  I have no idea what the payload was. Another view of the very large trailer.  It was really big.