Rocky’s adventures in Daytona Beach and Orlando, Florida

Rocky’s adventures in Daytona Beach and Orlando, Florida

As a traveller who’s been on the road a lot, I’d always imagined that I would make quite the stellar race car driver. So I was excited to learn that we would be visiting Daytona Beach, home of the world-famous Daytona 500.

 

Happy always, but happier when traveling

 

We paid a small visit to the outside of the Daytona International Speedway, a massive race track. It was the most perfect sunny day to visit too! I posed in front of the massive stadium with my Sunday Florida best: a jersey I had acquired during my visit to the University of Florida campus.

I wanted to see some fast cars going around in circles! After all I like to spin around in circles and chase my own tail, so that’s almost the same thing.

 

I wished there was a race going on so I could sit down inside

 

Pretending I’m a fast race car

 

I’ve got to come back and visit during the Daytona 500

We drove over to the beach front and took a stroll down the boardwalk and the pier. It was a nice and warm January day when we visited.

Welcome to Daytona Beach
If Daytona ever needs a mascot, I’m your bully:)

During the winter, the beach still gets visited by tourists but it’s nowhere near as busy as it is in the summer.

A summer day here would be totally different
Look at the cool flags behind me!
Beachfront shops
Ice cream in the winter? Only in Florida
Me and my human’s mom, aka known as my grandma!
Me and Danny
Me and the Daytona sunshine

It felt great to walk up and down the boardwalk in Daytona Beach without shivering. We were already getting used to the weather in England and the harsh winters that make beach strolling a chore over there. But here, it was pleasant.

 

Is that soft warm sand behind me?
Me and my palm trees
Standing in front of Joe’ Crab Shack, an American seafood chain restaurant. Wonder if they would allow me to try their food.

Once my paws hit the warm sand, I was ready to rock and roll! I love rolling on the sand!

Ready..
Set…
Go!
Pure Bliss
Rockying and Rolling:)

After a roll in the sand we finished the morning visit to Daytona by visiting the Boardwalk amusement park. They had roller coasters there and bumper cars, but it appeared to be quite empty.  I guess my thirst for racing had to be put on hold for now.

This could be my own little Daytona 500

 

Amusement park

On the way back from Daytona we stopped by the historic Sanford district for walk around the lake.

The city of Sanford, Florida was incorporated in 1877
Hanging out with my tongue out
Posing next to this beautiful shimmering lake
I love all the palm trees around Florida
Danny trying to show me the way to use these binoculars
A nice but brief visit to Sanford

As we got back on the road, I grew hungry so we stopped by the world famous burger joint Checkers! It was a quick restaurant where there were no inside tables, only outside. This was perfect because every restaurant we had visited throughout my trip to Florida did not let me inside. I’ve grown too spoiled in Europe!

This burger is Rocky-tested and Rocky-approved!

That Checkers burger was delightful! I felt re-energized so then we headed to International Drive in Orlando to wrap up the day.

I was surprised to learn that Orlando had created its own London Eye. It wasn’t as big as the London Eye, but it was still impressive!

The Orlando Eye
Am I allowed on the Eye?

Unfortunately, this little slice of Orlando is inaccessible to dogs, but the security guards were nice enough to let me take a photo and roll around on the grass. They had a good laugh too.

Doing what I do best

Our day turned into night, but I wasn’t ready to call it quits.

Danny and I at the Orlando Eye.

Our long day that started in Daytona finished at the store which is known for its famous bull terrier!

We stopped at the Target store near where we were staying to buy a few things and I wanted to meet Bullseye, the Target mascot.

To Target we go!
Where’s Bullseye?
Hi Bullseye!

I met the little Bull Terrier known as Bullseye. He was a handsome chap, just like me!

Yum, this all smells so good!
Can I take some of this? And this? What about all of that?
A nice relaxing dinner to cap it off. Outside again.

What a wonderful adventure it was to explore a little bit of Florida, including Daytona, Orlando and Sanford.

While living in the UK and traveling Europe I’ve gotten used to entering restaurants with my human, which was not allowed in America, but I learned that all the American people still have much love for dogs over there. Now I just hope that in the future when I visit, they’ll allow me anywhere. Even Disney World. A bull terrier can only hope.

Hello Mickey!
I want to go to Disney World!

Thanks for reading about my Florida adventure! I am now going back to Europe! See you on the next one!

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