Saturday morning we had a slow start, sleeping until 8:00 -- my kind of kick-off for a good day! First on the agenda was a stroll through the camping lots to the track and the loading site for the pace-car-around-the-track ride.
Tom packed into the front seat beside the driver, and I packed into the back seat by myself. The ride around the road-course track was fast and thrilling. I braced from one outstretched leg to the other around the curves, and wasn't able to manage the camera for pictures! At the end, Tom got a picture of our driver, and we stepped out of the car and waited for the car behind us, with Dan and Dawn, to arrive.
The ride had us primed for the wine tasting, and we made our way to the tents just at opening time. Dawn provided us with some round-the-neck-lanyard-wine-holders, and I looked a little touristy with my camera over one shoulder, purse over the other shoulder, and wine glass dangling in the middle!
There were 90 wineries in three large tents, and over the next few hours all the sweets and semi-sweets blended together and tasted the same. I gave up trying to rate my favorites! The good news was that the tents were not crowded in the beginning, and it was easy to walk up for a shot -- by afternoon the crowds were heavy and the lines were long.
Outside there were other vendors of all kinds -- everything from dog biscuits to jewelry, and lots of condiment foods to go with wine. What did we buy? Sloppy Joe sauce and maple syrup!
With a little more work this flip-flop wreath could be so cute. Hey crafters -- flip-flops will be going on sale pretty soon!
Somewhere in the middle of our tour of the wine tents and the outside vendors, we took a break.
When the sun dipped behind the hills we took a walk around the campground to gawk at the party life. A closer look made it seem that the beer mob had bashed the wine gathering! There were lots of good-ole-boy beer drinkers riding 'round in pick-up trucks, sitting in large camp circles, and blaring music, and piles and piles of beer cans! We thought it might get a little wild that night, but the place was well patrolled, and most of the crowd was in bed by 11:00. Or passed out!
Our evening ended with a good swap of stories on a variety of topics -- if you are reading this, we probably talked about you! And how we wished you were there! For us, it was the end of the road as we would be leaving for home in the morning. Dan and Dawn had one more day to spend at the festival, and then several more days planned in the area.
Next up -- the Brickyard 400. Come back in a couple weeks!
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