Sept. 14, 2013. We’ve been on the boat a week in Daytona. 90+ still in Florida. We’ve been writing everyday, a bit of boat work and had settled into a routine and until yesterday our days went more or less like this.
7:00, 40 minute walk around the marina basin (while it is still cool).
8:15, check email, Facebook. 9:00 start writing, revising until lunch onboard. Afternoon, errands, writing, etc. etc.
Now, we are at Daytona, just across the ICW from the ocean but not once since we’ve kept the boat here have we walked on the beach. But yesterday, Ed suggested we do our walk there. No one is enjoying the beach right now. The rides are closed down. And this early no stores were open.
Kids are all in school so no family vacations, fishing people will wait for October when the water is cooler and snow birds won’t arrive until November at the earliest. So we had the beach to ourselves. There is a boardwalk, but the tide was out and we had a wide, hard packed sand walk.
We were looking for a place for breakfast and finally found some locals who pointed us to Gateway which they described as “frozen in time”.
This was a great description for a diner where one can get eggs, sausage, grits and biscuits (with real butter and grape or strawberry jam in those little plastic packets). Refills on (weak American) coffee are free and frequent. Which is okay since you’d be hard pressed to get too much caffeine even with several cups. Just what we were looking for.
So our day began with breaking out of our routine and ended this way too. There is an Italian restaurant, Rossellini’s on the beach side of Daytona that we had eaten at before-but not for a long time. Before leaving the beach we checked to make sure they were open and discovered not only were they open, but they had live music. We were debating a movie, (The Butler is on at the theater here) but we always prefer live entertainment if available. We had no knowledge of the singer, Sara Tomarelli, and not wanting to limit our options, we reserved dinner in time to catch the first of the music but then could still slip out for the movie if it was not to our liking (too loud, rap or whatever).
We had a most pleasant surprise. This young, and I mean young, turns out she is 15, and has an incredible voice. She began with a love song from Phantom of the Opera and included music from Les Miserable and much more. She sings in both Italian and English and is as good as Susan Boyle ( in our opinion) and has nearly the range of Sarah Brightman. She is going to be serious competition and her voice will still mature. We stayed until 9:00 when she finished. Quite a day and all unexpected, which is often the best kind.