We decided it was time for another road trip yesterday, so we left the Daytona Beach RV Resort about 10 AM, ran a couple of errands, and then drove down to New Smyrna Beach. This is fast becoming one of our favorite towns in Florida. We spent a while browsing in some shops, drove across the North Causeway for a glance or two of the ocean, which was kind of a lead gray color, and then decided to drive another 25 miles or so south to Titusville, another town where we have spent a lot of time over the years.
There is a really cool Ace Hardware in Titusville which, besides all of the regular things hardware stores have, carries a very nice selection of fishing equipment, kayaks, and other goodies. Terry couldn’t resist stopping to check out a Big Green Egg grill. These things are for serious cooks! I couldn’t believe how heavy the lid was when I opened it! I think it would probably be a little too much for the RV lifestyle.
We also popped into a place called the Kite Stop, which is new since our last visit to Titusville. We don’t need any more kites (okay, serious kite fliers know that you always need at least one more kite), but there was no way we could just drive on past without stopping to check it out. They have a nice selection of kites, everything from single-line kiddy kites to dual line stunt kites, and even high performance quad line Revolution kites, which are what Terry and I fly.
We had never met the owner, John Lutter, but he is the current president of the American Kitefliers Association and we know many of the same people in the kite flying community. We knew that there was a kite festival scheduled for New Smyrna Beach in November but John also told us about one here the Daytona Beach area in two weeks that we were unaware of.
After visiting with John and his son for a while we drove around some more and then stopped at Dixie Crossroads for an early dinner. This is absolutely one of our favorite seafood restaurants in the entire country, and if you have never tasted their rock shrimp you don’t know what you’re missing. It was absolutely delicious!
While we were eating dinner the weather alert on my phone went off, warning of a strong thunderstorm on its way. So once we were done with our meal, we got on Interstate 95 and made a quick run north to get back home.
By the time we got back to the campground the sky had turned a very ugly yellow/gray color and just as I unlocked the door to our motorhome the rain started coming down. We had just made it! If we had stopped for one more traffic light along the way we would have gotten drenched in the time it took to go from our Explorer to the Winnebago.
Speaking of weather, we are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Matthew, which is now down in the Caribbean. Most of the model forecasts show it turning north and then curving east and going out to sea. But there is one model showing that it might come up the coast and impact the Daytona Beach area sometime around Thursday of next week. We’re not heroes and we have wheels under our house. If it looks like it’s going to come our way, we plan to hit the road and get out of its path and go somewhere safe until it’s over with. We will keep you posted.
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Thought For The Day – Fight through the hard times, and be grateful for the good times.