Daytona Beach - Cathy & Bill's
Trip Start Feb 19, 2011
17Trip End Mar 08, 2011
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Monday, Feb. 28 we got up and went for a run through the neighborhood. They live in a golfing community with lots of greenery, ponds, and friendly people everywhere. Everyone we passed said hello. We then went for a quick dip in the pool, and headed out. Our day entailed of lunch at a restaurant on the beach, a walk on the beach, then a boatride/ecotour.
The boat trip was amazing! We got to see pelicans, ibises, learn about how red and black mangroves filter water, learn about oyster beds (who also filter water), watch some freshwater dolphins swimming around, and handle all sorts of mollusks
Tuesday, March 1: While Cathy had a dentist appointment Bill, John and I went to the Daytona 500 track for a tour. Given that neither of us were fans we were blown away by the track and had a great time on the tour. They recently redid the asphalt which is 7.5 inches thick and on the turns there is a 33.4% grade. To stay up on this a car needs to be going no less than 95 mph. This doesn't sound like much until you see it up close. If I had tried to walk up it I would probably have had to be on my hands and knees. The entire track is 2.5 miles long and seats 147,000 people, which is a decent sized city. It sounds less impressive writing it than seeing it, but believe me it was worth the trip.
Afterwards we met up with Cathy for a great seafood lunch/dinner and went home to relax a bit
Overall it was a great (and much overdue) visit!