Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Vacation Day 1

On Friday night March 27th we left Spartanburg after many distractions, to head south. Our first stop was in St. Augustine, Florida. We were planning on bunking up with the Cieluchs for the night. We rolled into St. Augustine around 2am... it was a long night of driving for Tyler... we all slept and he slept through Georgia... well he was sleep driving... WOW! Thankfully we made it safely. Here is a shot of the kids crashed on the floor in their sleeping bags.

Here is how Gerry makes coffee, wow... I guess everyone does it differently!

We left their condo around 10am and we all went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast/brunch. We had a great time of fellowship and fun. Once we were done we headed down the road. We decided to get off 95 and go towards Daytona to see the speedway. When we got there we noticed that something was going on so we stopped. There was a auto show and swap meet. The tickets were 10 for anyone 12 and over... so needless to say we were not going to go in... We decided to ask the security guys if we could just walk into the gate and show the kids the speedway and then come right back. He said he would do one better. He let Tyler and 3 kids go out with one of the other sets of security guards on their golf cart and they drove him and the kids around the speedway.

Before they went into the gates

In victory circle.

Sarah riding around in the infield.

Jonathan riding around the infield by the garages

Hannah checking it all out

This is around turn 1, how cool is that....

The start/finish line underneath the flag stand.

After a great tour around the speedway they thanked their tour guide and we went on our way!

What an awesome experience for them!

Abigail and I had a great time talking with the other security guard and working on our tans while we waited.

We left the speedway and headed towards the beach. Tyler wanted to show the kids how you could drive right on the beach, they didn't seem to be impressed! :-(

What's up with that...??

We then headed out of town toward I-4 we stopped at Checkers for lunch. It was good, we miss not having them near us. We headed over to Orlando after lunch.

We arrived in Orlando around 5 or so... here is a shot of the kids outside our condo.

Till next time,


Sophie Morand said...

That was an awesome opportunity. Lucky you!

Anonymous said...

That is great that you were able to see the Speedway....for free! I am all about free stuff!!! Glad you guys had a great vacation and are home safe. Joye Hall

Tyler Hoffman said...

What the picture of Gerry does not show is the pot of coffee that spilled on the floor