If you bring Leather, be sure to condition it first, the humidity can play havoc on leathers. It can cause mold to grow quickly. Be sure not to leave cloth, vinyl or leather in the sun for long as it will dry it out, and cause cracking and fading. In Daytona we dress for comfort, be sure to bring clothing that will allow you to dress for a warm, and often Humid Climate. Be sure to check our current weather forcast before you come down. Our temperature changes can be extreme, so be prepared to put on, and take of layers througout the day. Bring lots of sun block. Daytona Sun is one of it's greatest features. However, people often underestimate it's intensity and fry like a lobster. Bring Aloe Based care products as well, this way if you do get burned you can treat it right away before it ruines your vacation. Keep in mind that salt air will corode contacts. Bring extra batteries. Many locals recommend the Alkaline and Nicle Metal Hydride rechargable, and or disposable batteries, but be sure to check for corrosion were the contacts meet. Daytona Beach Area has alot of beautiful camping opportunities. But keep in mind that we have alot of standing water, and swamps. This is a breeding grounds for mosquitos. Mosquito bites do not necessarily hurt, but they do itch. More importantly though Mosquitos can carry uncomfortable illnesses. Although it is almost never heard in the area of anyone contracting mosquito born disease, don't take a chance. Wear mosquito protection. Avon makes some great products, that are said to be better for your body than other products on the market. Be sure to pack for the type of trip you are planning. It's simple if you are going fishing, remember your gear. Horse back riding, bring a saddle, and in all cases bring your favorite swim suit.
Colonel Sanders Thinks Outside the Bucket
Although some die hard Kentucky Fried Chicken fans may think Colonel Sanders was rolling over in his grave, I think he was doing the worm when the aptly named Yum! Brands, Inc. began to co-brand KFC and Taco Bell storefronts. Colonel Sanders is clearly the parent of this lovechild, and it is clear that the Colonel’s Mexican maid was doing more than just cleaning the pressure cooker. These two got together, and got it right. The Colonel took his eleven herbs and spices south of the border while the missus was out, and I hope he never comes back. I mean, where else can you conjure the perfect meal under one roof? Nowhere. Tacos and Fried Chicken go together like all of the other great health foods of the world, like Ice Cream and Cake, Coffee and Donuts, and Spam and Eggs. But, what else would you expect from the company that brought you Long John Silver’s? That’s right, the Colonel’s been hangin’ out with the Pirate, and a perfect storm of fast food goodness is about to converge over the culinary world. So let’s cross our fingers and hope that soon Capt. Silver’s world renowned Fish Planks and hush puppies will appear alongside our other favorites, like Popcorn Chicken, the Double Decker Taco, and Famous Bowls. The food Gods will certainly be smiling on us then. For an appetizer, I recommend a six-pack of Soft Taco Supremes with a six-pack of Biscuits. For an entrée, I recommend a bucket of Extra Crispy and a Seven-Layer Burrito. Then, you wash it all down with a 52 oz. Mountain Dew. But, save room for dessert, becuase we mustn’t forget about the Chaco Taco. “What is a Chaco Taco?” you ask. According to the not-so-Mexican producer of this delectable delight, Klondike, it is “artificially flavored fudge rippled reduced fat vanilla ice cream, a taco shell cone, milk chocolate flavored coating and crunchy peanuts,” which in technical terms makes it a Nutty Buddy shaped like a Taco. BRILLIANT!!! The chocolate “flavored” coating drapes perfectly over the taco-shaped waffle cone, and only hints at the divine swirl of flavor inside. With each bite, the faux fudge ripple rips through your soul as the reduced fat vanilla ice cream plays your heart strings like Liberace. Like the KFC/Taco Bell combo, the ice-cream/taco combo hits the mark dead on. I have seen the future, and it is Mexican infused!!!
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
164 feet 6 inches above sea level
Total Structural Height: 188 feet 6 1/2 inches
Total Tower Height: 176 feet 6 1/2 inches
Gallery Deck Height (stopping point for tourists): 140 feet 9 inches
Gallery Deck Level: walls are 1 1/2 feet thick
First Level: walls are 8 feet thick
Foundation: 45 feet wide
213 steps to the top!!!
Driving on the Beach in Daytona
Always wanted to drive on the beach, so we stopped in Daytona on our way to Orlando recently.
I didn't realize that hurricane Charlie had just passed through 2 days earlier. When we entered town all the traffic lights were out and the devistation was pretty widespread.
Nonetheless, we made it to the beach and spent a couple hours soaking up the sun and wading into the warm Atlantic.
Daytona Speedway 2008
Rear wing of the Fan Deck.
Looking down into "Gasoline Alley" from the rear Fan Deck.
Another view of the front wing of the Fan Deck.
The very crowded infield.
Looking up the long curve of the stands at Daytona International Speedway.
You can just make out the people on top of the center structure. These are spotters for the drivers. They talk to the drivers over the radio and help give drivers an idea of where other cars are in relation to them.
DIS had a few winning cars from past years on display in the Fan Zone.
Another of the early cars.