No lie, I told someone I went to Daytona Beach for Memorial Day weekend and they went “ewww.” Like, right away. Because everyone knows Daytona is gross and there are way better beaches in Florida, right?
Well, 5 years ago – hell 2 years ago – I would have agreed. But not anymore! Because Vince, Nick, Ashley, and I found The Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort and now we do Daytona not by accident, but ON PURPOSE!
When I say “ON PURPOSE” in all caps, I mean neon, printed on the ass, Spring Break ’99 wooo girl wooooooooo!!!
Since the photos are on Facebook, I’ll just recap the highlights here.
Flounder and Sarah – who live in freakin’ Dubai, dude – were in the area and came to visit our first night in Daytona.
Because Sarah lives the vegan life, we hit up the Kale Cafe Juice Bar & Vegan Restaurant for dinner. I had Brown Stew Tofu, the spiciest Jerk Mushrooms I have EVER eaten, and sweet / spicy Seitan… and a vegan cinnamon bun.
While that was all quite yummy, the best part was watching Vince and Nick – two dudes who eat like dudes – trying to figure out what to order off of a vegan menu. Hilar!
The rest of the weekend was actually spent eating mostly on-diet and healthy. I made stuffed bell peppers for dinner (99% lean ground turkey!) and had spinach / tofu salads every day for lunch.
The only part that really hurt me on the diet-front was filling my giant Tervis with coconut rum (sugar!), cranberry juice (50% less fat but still 13g of carbs), and lime La Croix (which is like Free-99).
Possibly my 2nd most-favorite-part of the weekend was how much I got to wear THAT HAT! Ashley and I found those in St. Augustine when we were shopping after Fool’s Paradise and dropped $60 on what is arguably the largest hat I have ever seen IRL.
Because no vacation is truly lazy without having a movie on the agenda, the four of us went to see movies two nights in a row – Alice in Wonderland 2 and X-Men Something.
- Alice in Wonderland was okay. Not as blah as the first one but Johnny Depp has officially lost me as a fan. He’s just too weird. Too, too weird.
- X-Men Something was not bad! Not great, but fairly entertaining. Opinion could be biased due to severe obsession with James McAvoy.
We also walked around the Daytona Pier at night, hooping in the middle of the giant, empty bandshell and watching Nick and Vince ride go-carts because Inverness.
My most-favorite-part of the weekend is a tie between the three afternoons I spent hooping, drunk, on the edge of the pool vs. the last trip we took on the elevator from Floor 10 to Floor 24 back down to the lobby.
Hooping was great. Kept me active, burnt calories, made sure I didn’t die of heat, and I improved my flow.
The elevator should have been awful because it was a check-out day and ERRRRRRYBODY was trying to go down with ALLLLLL the luggage.
So, we got into a lift going from floors 10 to 24 since all the cars going from 10 to the lobby were packed by the time they got to us. We then had the pleasure of – literally – saying “NOOOOPE” in people’s faces as the elevator stopped on every. single. freakin’. floor between 24 and 5. I laughed so hard – in people’s faces – that my abs were sore. Seriously, best way to end a trip EVER.
The official MVP Award of the weekend goes to Kiki the Travel Keurig who got ink this weekend:
And runner-up to Kiki: Print Magazines. Like, printed on paper. I read People, US Weekly, Cosmo, Cosmo Confessions, and Psychology Today. They were all enjoyable, but Psychology Today wins as my new favorite publication and I might even subscribe either to the snailmail version or online.
And that is that! If I could pre-book for next year, I would. Daytona isn’t as bad as us Floridians have come to believe… and being able to fit in those shorts one year from now is my new #lifegoal.