The boys woke me up a couple hours later when the hurricane was over. I later found out that they were outside most of the time watching the hurricane and videoing damage as it took place. We quickly called the front desk where we were told it was recommended that we go outside, but they would not stop us if we wanted to go to the beach.
That's what we did. Headed straight to the ocean at about 3 a.m. in the morning. This is just a peek at what we found when we got there.
A portapotty on its side. We still have no idea how far it was blown about the beach and it made me feel a little funny walking the sand and not knowing what might have came out of that to land where I was walking.
|Don't I look a little freaked by the events of the day? This was taken about the same time we found the portapotty.|
The next day dawned sunny, warm and beautiful. We spent a couple of hours searching for food and being amazed at the devastation around us even thought our own condo suffered no damage. The video from the ride still shocks me. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the damage we drove past. We finally found an Olive Garden that was open for business and luckily, didn't have a wait.
The rest of our time in Daytona Beach was a lot more uneventful. We shopped, we swam in the pool and hung out in the hottub, we went to the beach (never before 12 a.m. at night), and mostly relaxed.
Our last day we traveled to Orlando and went to Universal Studios. We ate at Margaritaville and had souvenir t-shirts made that indicated we survived Hurricane Charley in 2004 with our names on them. I think I have a picture somewhere with all of us in our matching shirts. Our vacation ended and home we went.
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