Saturday we had breakfast with some childhood friends then went on a trip down memory lane, visiting the house he grew up in, the park in the middle of town, etc. Lots of changes - "where did XYZ go?", "that used to be ....", etc. Kokomo is a town of about 44,000 which is only a little bigger than greater Kingman but felt MUCH bigger - there were lots more restaurants and shopping. Friends told us it's probably because it serves as the service/shopping town for many smaller nearby towns whereas there was nothing near Kingman.
The reunion event was that night and we had a great time catching up with everyone and meeting new folks (me). Sunday morning we had breakfast with friends again then took off to Rockfield which is where Dan's mom grew up on the family farm. It's about an hour away in a town of a couple hundred people.
There used to be a big tree with a swing in it in this side yard - I have a photo of Adam swinging in it.
As we walked around the side of the house we saw .........
From here we headed to Indianapolis - although I've been to the Indy 500, I don't think we went through downtown because I don't remember it. It's really a pretty town. They've got a huge park/memorial area that covers several blocks with lots of open space but also some huge dramatic memorials.
Dan's demonstrating the tradition of kissing the bricks - these bricks are at the start line and from the original track laid in 1909. The track was originally tar and gravel but it was quickly discovered that wasn't firm enough. Over 3 million bricks of 9.5 lbs each were brought in to pave the track which is where it gets the name Brick Yard. Since then it's been covered with asphalt many times but the bricks are still in place - it would be like peeling back layers of wallpaper to discover the original wall.
I wish I'd remembered the way these posts work - this should actually have been the last one if I was trying for chronological story telling. But I started with bridges, consequently it's the last post in this series. Ah well, I'm sure you can all follow along and get the general gist of the trip. Next is our trip to Montreal which actually came in the middle of the week....