Daytona Beach, is in the...
Daytona Beach, is in the South. So please keep in mind that locals have the Southern attitude. They tend to me more easy going and take life less seriously that northern states. A slow drawl is not uncommon, and locals often don't understand people who speak to quickly. Be careful not to be rude, good morning, and hello are expected. Please and thank you are also commonly used here, if you choose not to, you may not be treated as well as you may want to be. The only down side in my opinion is that we do have some people who need some serious help in their driving skills (perhaps age, may be a factor). So drive defensivly.
Italian near the beach
Our friends were tired of eating at Parks for two nights in a row. Since they had transportation, they wanted to take us somewhere else for dinner. We ended up here. This is a 'fancy' place, with tablecloths and wine glasses. DInner for two was $41.41, but I'm pretty sure that we had among the cheapest things on the menu. The entrees run between $9 and $17.00.
Bob usually has lasagna, and I usually have pasta with sauce and dessert.
main street cemetery
the daytona beach cemetery is located on main street across the street from the boot hill saloon. this historic cemetery is the final resting place of many of daytona's early settlers. a historic and interesting place to visit on main street.
Drive through beaches
Daytona Beach is home of the speedway, the famous Bike Week and, like every coastal Florida city, a beach. Daytona's beaches are unique in that this the only place in Florida where it is permitted to drive your vehicle onto the beach.
I've spent little time here, so I don't have much insight to share. But I travel to the area frequently on business and I'll tru to update this page whenever I run into some useful information.
The weather was great! Sunny sky's in the day and warm enough in the evening for a walk on the beach. I'm no photographer but I do like this shot of the full moon on the ocean.
This a view of the car haulers and some of the equipment in the pits at Daytona Speedway.
Beyond any doubt, Tony Stewart had the best cooking setup of any of the other race teams.
The vendor area at the track always has some interesting things to see. Look closely at this tractor. I doubt the racing seat and 5-point harness is standard equipment.
This was the year for Yolonda's Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-a-Long adventure. This car was one of the pace cars for the people doing the Driving Experience. It's a two seater so it could be used as a Ride-a-Long car too.
The car in front sets the pace for the person behind doing the Driving Experience.
Her she is in her fire suit and helmet waiting for her turn in the Ride-a-Long.
Yolonda is in this car. They are doing about 165 MPH as they cross the Start/Finish line. She had wanted to drive but after doing the Ride-a-Long, she's not so sure.
At a little over $140, the Ride-a-Long is not cheap. I had bought 2 Ride-a-Long passes at Christmas when they were on sale for about $50 but I mistakenly left them at home. The passes don't expire so we can use them some other time.
She can tell you that the experience was fantastic! If your going to be in or near a town where NASCAR races are run, you have to try this. Tickets and dates can be found by calling 1-800-bepetty or at www.1800bepetty.com.
Just a few more photos from our Daytona, 2009 trip.