Thursday, August 02, 2007

Back from the Brickyard

We couldn't have picked a more beautiful weekend to go to a Nascar race. The weather was gorgeous all weekend long, which made for a very nice drive to Indiana & back.
We got to Indianapolis around 4:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, checked into the hotel, went out for a bite to eat & then went to visit Jim's sister Dana & her family. She has 3 of the most adorable kids! 2 of them have had some serious medical problems, but they are just as sweet as can be. It was so good to meet all of them & now I can't wait to see them again! It feels good to have a sister-in-law :)
Since our hotel wasn't very far from the track, we decided to sleep in a little & left the hotel around 10:30a.m. to head to the track. The race wasn't scheduled to start until 2:20, so that gave us plenty of time to walk around & do a little souvenior shopping beforehand.

We made it to our seats in time for the driver introductions & this is the closest I was able to get to Kasey Kahne :) Isn't he cute?!

After all the introductions, the track released a gazillion balloons into the air (okay, maybe not a gazillion, but it sure looked like that many!).
Our seats weren't the best, unfortunately, but at least they were in the shade (covered by the seats above us) & right in front of Ryan Newman's pit. Sadly, we only got to see him pit once, though as he ended up in a crash :(
And not too far behind was Kasey, also involved in another crash :( Darn it! After losing my 2 favorite drivers in wrecks, I was ready to leave! LOL But Jim wouldn't even consider it since his driver, Kevin Harvick, was doing good. Ah was worth a try :)
After the race, we went back to Dana's to visit some more. Then on Monday, before we got back on the road, we stopped by to see her again & she took us up to see their Mom's grave. Dana was only 11 years old when their Mom passed away in 1986. She was only 45 years old when she died & that gave me a little bit of a scare considering I'll be 45 myself next month!
We got on the road around 3:30 in the afternoon & arrived back home in Michigan around 8:30. It was a long weekend, but definitely what I was what we BOTH needed!
Happy travels,


Lynn said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend! I can't believe that both your favorites had crashes, that stinks. I'm glad to hear that you were able to spend some time with your sil. That is great. Love the pictures you took.

toners said...

What fun photos...a great way to capture the day! My favorite is the one of all the balloons...very happy and cheery!

Rachael said...

Sounds like a weekend full of fun!!

I love the pics you took, especially the balloons!

Stacy said...

So glad you had a great time in Indy - you deserved it!! Great pics, too. I'm not a Nascar follower, but yeah...that Kasey guys is pretty cute!! :-)

Kim said...

Elizabeth (my 16 year old) and I have fallen in love with Kasey Kahen. We love all his commercials with the women. You are lucky you got to see him. SOunds like you had a great time at the Brickyard. SOmeday, I'll make it to a race.

Lorrie said...

sounds like fun girl!!