Wednesday morning (before Labor Day weekend) Tom, Micah and I left Van Wert and drove over 500 miles to the Watkins Glen KOA, an early launching stage for our move to the Watkins Glen Raceway.
A funny thing happened on the way to Watkin’s Glen, New York! We stopped for lunch in Medina, Ohio at a Chipolte’s. Two hours later I saw a message from Loren with a picture of our rig -- taken at 11:48 with the query “Are you guys in Medina?” Talk about a coincidence! Loren is an Airstream buddy that lives in LaGrange, just 20 minutes away from our lunch stop and she was shopping at an outlet store when she spotted our instantly recognizable rig!
This trip is a different venue for us – a return to the Watkins Glen Raceway in the Finger-lake region of New York – but this time for a Watgins Glen Indy car Grand Prix race. (Last time was for a wine festival!) It is also a new race venue for the Indy cars, and we were one of the first to sign up for camping for the Labor Day Weekend!
Thursday morning we set up in campsite #7, neatly sandwiched in between the driver garages on one side, the pit-row stands and the start/finish line on the other side, and Victory Lane on another side. All within easy view of my lawn chair! There are not many campers here yet, but it just so happens we are camped 12 spots down from MY DRIVER –Tony Kanan and his entourage of 3 motor-homes. Tom won’t let me go down and stalk for pictures!
Shortly after setting up, we drove into Watkins Glen to see walk the incredible glen trail. This was Micah’s first time in his clear recollection – he was probably five the last time he was here. We walked the steep Glen walkway, thankful that it was only 72 degrees, and not the 90+ of last week. Near the top, Tom and I walked back down to get the van, and Micah finished the climb; we drove to the top and picked Micah up.
The parking lot had added a few more customers, but was by no means full. We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon with the boys heading off to explore the interior of the speedway. Tom returned to tell me that Tony K was sitting outside of his motor-home . . . and we went for a very casual walk-around . . . . I got the MoHos, but not TK!
Right next to our trailer is the Victory Lane platform -- Tom stepped up for a picture!
Activities rev up tomorrow as we settle into 3 more days of track-side routine with a full arrangement of practice sessions, qualifications and races. The weather couldn’t be better and the seating for all events is open seating – wander around and plant wherever you want! Tom and Micah will try out every grandstand in the speedway, but I’m pretty happy with all the action from my front terrace!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown