April 26, 2008

Ormond Beach & Daytona Beach Pt 3

For lunch in Daytona, we headed to Cruisin' Cafe on Atlantic Avenue. This restaurant is a museum of Daytona 500 artifacts.

Retired race cars have been converted to big booths for your dining pleasure.

Many different companies are represented on the signs and race gear. Doug's mom, Jean, worked at one such company-Exide Batteries.

Marlon takes a break and enjoys a drink before eating his soon-to-be-delivered steak sandwich.

Each booth features a different driver...ours featured Bobby Allison.

The bar area features hundreds of pictures of the Daytona of yesteryear.

Here's a picture from 1905 of a classic car owned by a Vanderbilt...a 90 hp Mercedes.

In the '50s the Daytona races were run partially on the beach and featured stock cars racing 200 miles.

Lifeguard headquarters on Daytona Beach

For several hours while we there, lifeguards and other rescue workers combed the water for a missing 19 year old.

Daytona Pier features a skyride out over the water.

Doug and Marlene got a chance to do a little surfing.

We just happened to visit Daytona on the night of the 2nd Annual Bayou Boil festival with crawfish galore (as the sign says).

We passed on the crawfish galore, but thought this little puppy looked kind of cool.

This beach rescue vehicle is built on a golf cart chassis.

This monument memoralizes the motorcycle racing on Daytona Beach which took place from the '30s to the '60s.

The amphitheatre located on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk was built by the WPA (Work Progress Administration) in 1938 entirely of coquina rock quarried from the Atlantic Ocean.

Similar to crop circles, these writings left by aliens can often be found in the sands around Daytona Beach and the world.

Just before dusk birds take over the beach after a long tiring day of flying.

A video of many of our sights in Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach can be viewed below.
For more pictures of our time here, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/ormond-beach-and-da/ pictures 70-134.

To be continued...

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