As we end the traditional summer travel season, I think back to my last trip of summer. Daytona Beach is like a second home to me because it is where much of my mother’s family lives. This time around I wanted to enjoy being a tourist and trying some places I haven’t been before. We were only there a couple of days, but we were able to go to a few places I’d never been…
Such as the boardwalk. Why have I never been there? I have no great excuse. I spend a great deal of time beach-side, but I go and return to the other side of the river. My sister, however, spent time there on her senior trip last year and recommended we try funnel cakes there. Let me just say, it is a great place to relax and people watch.
Another great place to relax is Our Deck Down Under. Of of my good friends was adamant that we stop by, and I have to say she has great judgement. Tucked under the Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange, this restaurant is a gem. We chose to sit on the deck to enjoy our food. As people who usually don’t dine outside, sitting there and looking onto Halifax River was a welcome change in atmosphere. The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming. The food was plentiful and well worth the price… which was quite reasonable. The next time we go back, I fully intend to stop by.
An unexpected stop was the Bethune Grill located next to Bethune-Cookman University. Several of my family members have attended and worked at the university, but no one had ever mentioned the grill to me. I’m actually pretty saddened by this. Their honey wings are absolutely delicious. I do recommend that you call in your order. It’s a very popular spot, and that’s the best way to ensure you won’t have to wait long for your food.
As great as the food was, most of my time in Daytona was spent in prayer and reflection. I’ve been trying to gain a greater understanding of my purpose and where my life is headed. I spent mornings waking up to capture the sunrise and walked a mile or two each day. The beach is where I feel most at peace and connected to God, so naturally, the trip was I left Daytona with a great will to make this year a more balanced one. I look forward to sharing my progress with you.