Whenever I heard anything about Daytona Beach it was always about the Daytona International Speedway, and seeing as that seems to be the big draw card I had never put it on my 'must visit' bucket list. Let's face it, other than Jay, the rest of us just aren't racing enthusiasts. So when Mike suggested we all head there for 5 days the first week of summer vacation I was a little skeptical, but he promised we'd have a great time, and the most important part is that we'd have all of the family together. Daytona Beach was a place he had taken his children when they were younger and he was looking forward to being back there with them now that they are in their 20's and it was a huge bonus that the grand-baby would experience his first beach vacation there. So all 11 of us met up there for 5 fabulous days.
Since returning home people have asked if we saw alligators. I guess that's a thing ... but people also ask me if I see kangaroos hopping around in my backyard in Australia too, and no, that's just not a thing, you'd have to go into the bush and then yes, maybe you'll spot them, but they don't just hop around on the streets throughout the suburbs or city. But, we actually did see alligators. There were ponds and creeks alongside the freeways and sure enough we would see the occasional alligator basking on the bank or floating on the water. On a bus tour our driver stopped to point out a large one so we could take photographs.