Breaking out

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.

6:00 am. Up, coffee in the cockpit (while it is still cool).001

7:00, 40 minute walk around the marina basin (while it is still cool).

7:45 breakfast.

8:15, check email, Facebook. 9:00 start writing, revising until lunch onboard. Afternoon, errands, writing, etc. etc.

006Now, 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. 009The 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. 004So 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”.

011This 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).

Sara Tomarelli

Sara Tomarelli

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.


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to Breaking out

  1. TBC says:

    What a wonderful day for you. Are you now gone for the season, or will we see you???

  2. ejhowle23 says:

    We will be back. Won’t head to the Bahamas until mid to late November. Are you coming back?

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