Among the things my daughter Tiffany wanted to do while she was here, besides eating lots of seafood, was to see a cruise ship and a lighthouse. No problem, kid, got you covered.
One day we drove down to Port Canaveral, where you can always see a cruise ship or two. Some of them are massive, but on this day the only one in port was smaller than others we have seen. But that was okay with Tiffany, she said it looked big to her.
I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that both my son and daughter inherited my appreciation for classic cars. Something else they seem to have inherited is an interest in browsing antique shops. When we left Port Canaveral we went to Cocoa to visit Stone Street Apothecary and Antique Marketplace. We have found some nice things in the past and this time was no different. I found a couple of antique taxi driver badges and Terry found a couple of goodies she liked, too.
While we were in the area, I spotted something else I knew Terry would be interested in; a shop called From Olives & Grapes that sells all kinds of specialty vinegars and oils and balsamic vingears that a cook like Terry is sure to fall in love with. And sure enough, she did! They have all kinds of concoctions of naturally flavored oils and customers are encouraged to sample as many as they like. Terry liked some so much that she brought four bottles of them home.
At another antique shop, I tried to talk the kids into buying this vintage gas pump for my garage. They didn’t seem to feel I really needed it. Rotten kids!
You can never have too much seafood, so on the way home we stopped at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville. This is a very popular restaurant and we had to pose for another picture before going in.
Tiffany really like the lobster she ordered.
With the cruise ship out of the way, another day we took Tiffany to Ponce Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona Beach. This historic beauty is a popular attraction and we always try to take visitors to see it.
We hit a couple of other popular sites around town, including the famous Daytona Beach sign. Tiffany was surprised to find out that stock car racing began on the beach in Daytona. Or at least that’s what the folks at NASCAR say.
And since her husband Kenny is a big NASCAR fan, it seemed only right to go to the Daytona International Speedway for another photo op.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and at the ungodly time of 5:30 a.m. on Friday, the 11th, we went back to the airport so Tiffany could fly home to her family in Arizona. We had time for a few last hugs and kisses and one more selfie together. Then, all too soon, we had to say goodbye and she got ready to board her airplane.
We really enjoyed having the kids here, and we all decided we need to do this every year. It was a wonderful visit and we’re looking forward to many more in the future. Thank you Travis, Geli, and Tiffany. You really made this old Dad’s heart happy.
Thought For The Day – You know that tingly feeling you get when you first meet someone and are really attracted to them? That’s common sense leaving your body.