Thursday, May 23
It rained during the night . . . it stormed! The alarm went off at 6:00, and by 6:30 we were leaving the fairgrounds and heading for our camping/parking lot. The drive through the downtown was dark and wet, and there was construction! We have this drive down to a science, veering off of 16th street to circle around and approach from behind. We lined up on a side street, and within 5 minutes of our arrival the parking lot opened and we followed a row of campers in to choose our sites.
Although NOBODY is supposed to arrive before 7:00 on Thursday, there are a few (quite a few) people that were already well established. Still, there were enough spots near the front (16thStreet) for us to set up camp. We claimed our 8 parking spots and angled our rigs into position with doors facing each other. Although it was raining it was clearing by the minute, and by 9:00 we were in business. . . . John's flags were flying, and we were ready to cook breakfast!
Usually the track is not open on Thursday before th4e race . . . but today it was! Tom, John, and Tim made a visit, walking all the way over to turn four, and scouting out the layout of the track for the newbies. Suzie and I made a Kroger run, and bought cook-out fixings for the evening. It was warm throughout the day – but breezy – and as long as we were positioned out of the sun, it was nice. At 4:00 Suzie and I did a little scouting trip of our own . . . over to the museum and the gift stores. Tom and Tim followed along and we ended up walking past the legendary cars; they were out revving the engines and taking laps around the track.
Back at the parking lot I took a few atmosphere pictures.
We had a late dinner of steaks, roasted potatoes, and Asian salad. I took a quick shower, John brought out his propane fire pit, and we didn’t shut down the parking lot until midnight.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2018 25' Airstream Serenity with Salsa interior and front twin beds., 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