An early morning, up at 6 in Daytona beach. It was pretty great to wake up and see the view out over the beach. I went out on to the balcony and spent a moment just looking out over the view. It was serene. If I didn’t have my tattoo I probably would’ve went out there for a swim, but I gotta look after my moogle.
There were two optional activities on this morning that we had the choice between as they ran concurrently. The first that, the one that we did not do was a tour of the famous Daytona speedway, the home of NASCAR and the famous NASCAR race the Daytona 500. We’re not really racing fans and we have mount panorama in Bathurst which while is different, we have seen a solid race track many, many times before. We decided to go for the more adventurous option of parasailing over Daytona beach.
We’ve never been parasailing before and obviously we were super excited. Braden said yesterday that there was a chance it would get cancelled as there is poor weather forecast. Well that didn’t happen and it was a beautiful day so that was sick. We got picked up in a little van for the parasailing and cruised out to where the boats were parked. There were 6 people on our boat and we were to go up in groups of two. I started to get a bit scared as I have a healthy, normal fear of heights and the tow cable was 800ft long. That means based on the angle that the boat tows, we would be 500ft in the air. The high roller in Vegas was 550ft and we were inside a giant capsule and it made my knees weak. Shit. We got all harnessed up and sat in position on the back of the boat while the guy hooked us in. The boat started speeding up and we were lifted into the air. This was such an awesome feeling. As the rope kept lengthening and we got higher and higher, it was bliss. It was an extremely calm ride. Being in the boat was really loud with music and the engine, but when you are up in the sky, it is beautiful, very quiet and peaceful. We were just loving it. It was pretty scary and my arms were getting sore from hanging onto the harness so tightly but it was so great. The views of the ocean and Dayton in the distance were stunning. We also saw a pod of dolphins swimming underneath us. We got reeled back in after our ride which seemed to go for like 5 seconds even though it was way longer. A really fun and great experience. I know you can do parasailing anywhere in the world but it is something I would recommend that everyone should do once in their lives. I would do it again though.
After this we had to rush straight up to our hotel room and grab our bags for bags to coach. This was a bit annoying as we were still in partially wet clothes. Luckily, we o my had a short one hour drive to St Augustine. St Augustine is the oldest city in America. It is also one of the most beautiful ones we have been to. Paved streets with Spanish architecture including this giant Fort in the middle of the town. Really nice.
Anyway we decided it would be a good idea to hire a scooter to drive around town on. It was a small town but it was hot so we thought it would be a nice way to get around and look at everything. We rolled up to the rental place but as it turns out I left my wallet in the contiki bus! Which was fine but I didn’t have my licence on me so Aimee had to be the scooter rider. She has never ridden a scooter before….. anyway we chucked helmets on and aimee did a practice lap around the rental place. This was pretty good. She managed to get around. The guy helped her spin around and ride the other way around so she could do a lap the other way. She made it okay but when it came time to pull up, she fuckin forgot how to brake and started accelerating. The ended up crashing straight into a metal fence. The scooter smashed the bars of the fence right off the poles and she was on the ground with the scooter on top of her. It was a bit scary at first because it was a solid crash and she got up crying but fuck, I gotta say it was probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I really wish I got it on camera, it was most ditzy thing Aimee has ever done and that is saying something lol. Anyway the fence was fucked up but they somehow managed to repair it, no damage to the scooter and Aimee escaped unscathed. She hit her head on the fence but she was wearing a helmet so she was not injured. Man it was hilarious.
Anyway, so we didn’t end up renting a scooter but we did end up renting a 4 seater golf cart. I have driven many a golf cart around the course so I felt comfortable cruising in this bad boy. Over here any vehicle like that is allowed on the road. We were driving on actual roads in a golf cart with no seat belts on, it felt pretty fuckin crazy but it was so fun. It started off fuckin hard because of driving on the wrong side of the road, but i got used to it pretty quickly. Cruising around the beautiful downtown area that is paved with stone walkways and small boutique shops was lovely. We went and got this pizza that is apparently rated the second best pizza in America according to trip advisor. I thought it was pure dogshit. So greasy and nasty, no flavour, too much cheese. Real weak. Then we went to a gourmet popsicle store. This was awesome, I got a banana vanilla popsicle and aimee got a guava cheesecake one. They were tops. We picked up Brendan and Jo at this store and all four of us cruised around together for a while, real good fun.
It was also decided earlier today that we were going to do s big American cook out (barbecue). We all chipped in $12 and we went to Walmart to buy a barbecue and shitloads of food. That was all done. At the hotel there was this 700 year old massive beautiful Spanish moss tree that we were going to have the cook out under. Sausages and burgers were on the menu with a shitload of other food. There was also a bottle o right next to the motel so of course we were getting around it. We got too fucked up before the food was even out, people playing beer pong and just getting rowdy. It started pissing down rain for a solid 2 hours but that didn’t stop us. All the food got cooked and the frog got drank. It was excellent. Dominic also followed us from Daytona to St Augustine too so he was partying it up hard with us hahaha wild bastard. St Augustine is a beautiful place and I really wish we got more time here but unfortunately in the morning we must move on. However, I hear Savannah is equally as beautiful which is where we are going tomorrow!