Our ultimate "Burger Run" got tremendously shorter with the opening of a Red Robin in Port Orange. It's located between Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach in a big new shopping area. The closest ones before were a 2 hour flight away. And yes, we'd fly 4 hours round trip just for Red Robin!
We still haven't made an overnight trip with the whole family in our plane. We hope to change that very soon, but we thought a quick flight to Daytona, which would be Mary's 2nd flight, would help us gain confidence in flying with Mary. As for Abby, she's as great a co-pilot as ever!
We took off yesterday afternoon around 2:30 pm and landed at Daytona International Airport (KDAB) about 45 minutes later. It was a nice flight and we were afforded great views of the coast, Daytona Beach, and the Daytona International Speedway along the way. Just off Runway 7L is Yelvington Jet Aviation, a FBO, where we chose to park the plane and have it topped of with avgas. They graciously lent us one of their crew cars and after seeing the wee ones in tow, the lineman was kind of enough to run and bring one of their SUVs right to the plane. Now that's service!
Within 5 minutes of our arrival we were on our way to Red Robin. It wasn't very far; it only took about 10 minutes to get there. We hit everything right. We were seated right away, the service was prompt, and the burgers were great. The best part, as many know, were the bottomless steak fries that you dip in their homemade ranch dressing. Mmm mmm good!
After stuffing ourselves, we headed back to the plane with a to-go order of fries for the FBO crew. It was hard not to keep them for ourselves, but the FBO had Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chip cookies available to us. A fair trade I think. We were back on our way home about quarter past 5:00 pm and arrived a little after 6:00 pm. Mary did great and we hope to make a real trip very soon.