Home from time trials for only 36 hours, a little miscalculation on my part resulted in returning to the Speedway a day earlier than needed to set up in the parking lot for race week! Totally repacked from time trial weekend, Tom, Micah and I left fresh for Indianapolis on Tuesday afternoon. We drove straight to our parking lot to try to talk our way thru the gate a night early! At the parking lot, the guy in charge said absolutely NO early entry – and then also informed us that we couldn’t come in until THURSDAY morning.
A quick trip back down 16th took us to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where there were plenty of camp-spots to choose from for the next two nights. The good news was that we were in a prime position for a race down 16th street on THURSDAY morning to claim our parking lot spot at 7:00 a.m.
The highlight of that little trip down 16th Ave was a drive-by of the Taco Bell where pole winner Scott Dixon got held up at gun-point going through the drive-thru -- just hours after winning the pole!
Evening entertainment was a trip to the Apple Store and dinner at P.F. Changs. Then some sit-out time back at the Fairgrounds, and an early night with movies, books, and games.
Wednesday was a slow, rainy day at the fairgrounds with one trip out to a mall to kill time, another trip out for dinner . . . and an evening with showers and packing up for an early zip to the track in the morning.
I need to mention that Charlie Button was along for her first Indy experience. Before leaving home she had a total clip – except for the ears. The ears are sacred!
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