Our trip to Florida was a smashing success for the most part…but, lets just say I’m glad to be home before I broke anything significant. I was the biggest klutz ever on this trip!!!! Not like me normally, but I was spilling things, knocking things over, hurting myself and acting like a dork the whole time! WTF? Oh yeah, and people in the sunshine state can NOT drive!!!
So the trip started out on friday and got off to a decent start. The trouble began when we landed in Charlotte for our connecting flight to Tampa. We landed with 5 minutes before our plane was to depart so we booked it to the gate only to find out our connection was delayed 2.5 hours because the plane hadn’t left Philadelphia yet. Damn Pennsylvania! Luckily, we found a hot Nascar bar in the airport and spent a few hours there.
Once we finally arrived in Orlando, we just chilled @ the hotel, had some dinner and called it an early night.
Saturday was officially NASCAR day. We got up early to go to the track and sign up for a pit tour thru the membership club I belong to. We arrived around 10 and found our way to the kiosk. On the way, we got caught up in a monsoon of fun. We walked about 3432423 miles on Saturday and I was awesome enough to wear flip flops. We had passes to the pits, where I saw everyone, their mom and their grandma…except for Elliott of course. Sightings: Jack Roush, Ray Evernham, Casey Kahne, Sterling Marlin, Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip, Scott Riggs, Benny Parsons, Ryan Newman, Chad Knauss, Todd Parrott, Matt Borland, Robby Riser, and Greg Zippadelli. Oh yeah, we got to see Mr. Secretary of Defense himself, Donald Rumsfeld. That was pretty rad. Once we left the pits, we made our way to our seats and the pre-race activities began…and then, instead of “gentleman start your engines,” a monster storm started pouring buckets of rain on us. Jamie and I looked at eachother at one point and couldn’t stop laughing because here we were, at the Nascar, soaking wet. After a 3 hour delay, the race finally started at 11…It was fun, but I was definitely spoiled by tracks like Richmond and Martinsville. I’m glad I went to Daytona for the experience, but I’ll stick to the smaller tracks in the future!
jamie @ the nascar…i was so proud of her, she was such a trooper!!!
this guy has the art of the “business in the front, party in the back” down to a science. hottest mullet I’ve ever seen!
me @ the nascar!
jamie and i do NOT heart the rain!!
So, by the time we left the nascar on Saturday, it was 1:30, and we didnt even get to the hotel and in bed til 3am. Good times, good times. And, for those of you who care – Elliott didn’t win…he did lead for a little bit, but he got collected in someone elses wreck there at the end and ended up 21st. Good try though! I heart the 4th of july paint scheme!!
Sunday we decided to relax and headed to Cocoa beach. The beach was pretty, but the heat and the sand were not.
After about an hour we decided to head back to Orlando to hang out by the pool…on the way home though, we got caught in yet another monsoon….this one was by far the worst I’ve ever seen. We had to pull over because we couldn’t see out of the window because the rain was so bad, and the wind was so scary we thought the car might flip over. Not fun!!!!!
Sunday was spent laying by the pool the ENTIRE day. We didn’t do anything except swim and tan…er, burn. We went out for mexican food later that night where my margarita consisted of what felt like 3 shots of tequilla and a splash of sour pix. James had a super yummy strawberry/mango rita.
All in all, the trip was rad. Totally relaxing and fun in the sun. Oh yeah, and we saw a mad monster truck!
It’s good to be home. I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed!