We got into a VIP tour through a friend the family. Got to walk around inside the VAB a bit (sorry, no photos). As well as within a couple thousand feet of Endeavour on the launch pad. The single greatest impression on me is how industrial a lot of the activities are. You get this notion of space being all glitzy and modern and so forth, but some of the behind-the-scenes machinery involved is simply stunning.
I have no idea what sort of bird this is but he very coolly flit about during the launch countdown and then sat atop this palm tree during the actual launch. He took off when the soundwave hit us after launch.
This is a framegrab from a video I made which I have yet to figure out to edit to short enough length to post somewhere.