Thursday, May 9
Fresh off of camping on the city streets of Logan, Ohio, we had plenty of home-time this week to refresh the Silvermine (and ourselves) for a weekend of “real” camping at Mounds State Park in Anderson, Indiana.
Six years ago the Indianapolis Grand Prix debuted, kicking off the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it quickly became a new family tradition. Part camping, part racing, and part shopping, the weekend is a nice mix for everyone.
Tom and I drove to Mounds on Thursday with threatening rain and a storm-grey sky. It never did rain! Mounds State Park was decked out in emerald green, and we established camp and enjoyed the overcast day sitting outside with 73 degree temperatures. The campground is nicely shaded with established hardwood trees . . . but also sports lots of green grass. This early in the season, everything was a beautiful emerald green! There is a network of hiking trails venturing out from the campground, following along a river and leading to several Indian Mounds.
After supper we enjoyed a campfire before moving into the Silvermine for the evening. Altogether a very relaxing day!
Friday, May 9
It poured rain for awhile in the middle of the night, but was out of the area by morning. I wasn’t worried when we woke to temperatures in the low 40’s, but by mid-afternoon when the temperature was barely 51 degrees I began to have my doubts. Obviously a cold front had blown in, and it was here for the weekend.
That didn’t stop Tom from hitting the trails with Jasper . . . and the camera. Wildflowers were in bloom, and he accumulated a nice little portfolio of pictures.
Caleb and Halie arrived at 2:30 . . . too cold to enjoy any kind of outdoor camping experience! We fixed that easily by going to a movie (Avengers) and out to eat (Mexican) Both were good.
Usually Caleb and Halie put up a tent that attaches to be back end of their mini-van, and they set up housekeeping in the tent, and a bedroom in the van. But with the weather cold and so much rain, we brought out the dinette bed in the front of the Silvermine, and they bedded down inside with us.
Saturday, May 10
The boys were up and out of here at 7:45 with plans to pick Micah up where he dropped his truck at the downtown Methodist Hospital parking garage. Halie and I delayed our departure for our annual shopping trip until 10:00. We made a bee-line for my favorite store, Duluth Trading Post, and hit the jackpot in a good way. From there we went to Maurice’s where Halie had a gift card to supplement the purchase of two dresses.. Success in a little over 1 hour – my kind of shopping.
It was a wet race, and even though their seats were under a covered awning, it was damp and windy and the guys were chilled the whole race. Nonetheless, they were happy to be there -- as the only picture they took shows!
Halie and I cozied-down in the Silvermine and were able to watch the race on TV. As it ended and the guys arrived back at the campground the rain moved in and Caleb and Halie decided to head for home rather than spend another night. Smart move! Tom and I slogged it out until Sunday 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