The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 also happened to be the record of 144 combined turnouts for the Brown Family: Tom, 45; Ella, 41; Micah, 24; Caleb, 24; and Halie 5! I think we’re heading for a new track record . . . .
It might have happened for us every year of our married life, but it is by no means same-old/same-old. This year we were introducing the magic of the track to Airstream friends John, Suzie, and Tim. They were in for the full dose of 4 nights/5 days and whatever it might bring.
We left home at 8:30 Wednesday 22nd, and landed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds at noon. John, Suzie, and Tim pulled in at 12:45 and the 500 weekend commenced.
We only spend one night at the Fairgrounds, using it as a launching stage to land at our parking lot #3 early Thursday morning; the track was just 11 miles from the fairgrounds.
The fairgrounds were mostly deserted, although there had been a vintage Mecum Car Show over the weekend. Although it was over and most of the cars had moved on to the next show, Tom and Tim were able to walk through some of the remnants of the cars from the show . . . until they got removed from the storage area! Later, they were recruited by a moving team to help push/load Paul Newman’s 1976 Porsche into the transport van.
Dinner, just for the five of us, was John’s grilled chicken fajitas, bean dip and chips. As it got dark, Mosquitoes came out . . . and we went in to prepare for a 6:30 launch in the morning.
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