Saturday night’s alright for fighting

Yes, yes – back to back song lyrics as post titles…  But I can assure you it’s for good reason!

I had just arrived in South Bend during my last update and I was pleasantly surprised to find so many fun things to do and see during the time I was there.  My friend Sara was kind enough to let me park in front of her folks’ house while I was in town and it was great having a home cooked meal amongst friends.

We kicked things off with a visit to the River Lights Projects along the St. Joseph River – all created by Rob Shakespeare.  The colors are constantly changing and I was able to get a short video of one of the installations.

The next day I zipped around town and visited the Wellfield Botanical Gardens, the RV/MH Hall of Fame and the Studebaker Museum.  Here are some of my favorite cars from the Studebaker museum… details below:

Clockwise from top left: The ’55 President Speedster, the 1934 Bendix, me in a 1950 convertible,1951 Commander from the Muppet Movie (you can sorta see Fozzie’s arm hanging out) and a 1963 Zip Van.

On the historical front, they also had the carriage that took President Lincoln to Ford Theatre the night he was assassinated.  Also Revolutionary War hero Lafayette’s Barouche from 1824.

And on the “I see dead people” front, here are two hearses – the white one was specifically used for children and the black one had a “trap door” underneath so someone could stand up inside and clean the interior.  Nice.

I decided to spare you all pictures from the RV/MH museum as I just don’t know that you would find these as interesting as I did.  If I get an overwhelming response that you all want to see old trailers and RV’s, then I will absolutely throw a few into my next post.

Sara, along with her daughters Annabelle and Ava, got to spend lots of quality time with Juno.  Juno loved the girls but was less crazy about Rory, a very affectionate chocolate lab who had the uncanny ability of blending into the couch.

Saturday found the four of us on a quest to see as many Elkhart “elks” as possible.  They are all around town and painted by different artists.

We also visited Linton’s Enchanted Gardens (really just a fancy nursery) which was already in full-blown Halloween mode.  Annabelle’s skeleton body art was awesome – very apropos for the day.

Finally, it was time to head out for Notre Dame.  I was able to get a ticket for last night’s game vs Michigan State.  Since I didn’t attend a Division I school, I never got to experience what it’s like at a big game with a conference rival.  I arrived just in time to see the marching band enter the stadium and shot a short video (which isn’t very good – sorry)

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The pictures speak for themselves.  So hopefully now you understand the reference to this blog post title…  Saturday night… the Fighting Irish… Get it?!?!?!?!?!  Sigh.

I crossed the border to Michigan last night but as I took surface streets, there was no grand “Welcome to Michigan” sign. No balloons.  Just a “State Line” street sign.  I tried backtracking this morning and taking another road but no luck. But I can assure you that I am in Michigan. Spending the night in Traverse City.  Woot!

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I will end this post with a blast from the past…  Those of you who have been following me for awhile will remember the post about Wall Drug outside of Rapid City, SD.  They had all the billboards along the highway – basically one every 45 seconds – known for their “Free Ice Water” campaign. Well, lookie at what I saw on the wall of a barn in Elkhart, IN…

 

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The Wall Drug marketing team is brilliant.

State count: 14

5 thoughts on “Saturday night’s alright for fighting

  1. GREAT VIDEO of the marching bands though, for some reason, it’s showing up sideways in my computer. Nevertheless, see those bands, and being part of all that excitement, had to be worth every penny you paid for the ticket to the game. What fun!!!!

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  2. OOOPS!!! Forgot to add that you’ve gotta post some pix from the RV/MH Museum. Having taken many road trips as a kid, seeing some of those old RVs would be like strolling down memory lane. I thought they were the coolest things in the whole world.

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  3. HEY! SUCH A SMALL WORLD: MY UNCLE WORKS/VOLUNTEERS @ THE STUDEBAKER MUSEUM! (CHUCK COLLINS) HE & MY AUNT LIVE IN BUCHANAN MI – THEY CAME FROM DETROIT WHERE HE USED TO WORK FOR FORD, WAY, WAY, WAY BACK WHEN. HOW WAS THE FOOTBALL GAME? MY NIECE’S BOYFRIEND PLAYS (RECRUITED FROM AN L.A. HIGHSCHOOL) #32 DJ MORGAN! HOPE THE HUMIDITY ISN’T DRIVING YOU CRA- CRA- CRAZY! LOVING YOUR POSTS! G

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    • Hi Gina! That is so crazy about your uncle volunteering at the Studebaker Museum – I wonder if he was the man who took my picture? The football game was so much fun. The stadium was packed, it was 70 degrees and the people next to me were super nice. Bummer that Notre Dame last but it was well worth it otherwise. The humidity has been rough but it should ease up in the next week or so. Finally some hints of fall here… I can’t wait to put on a coat and a scarf. I miss the Bay Area and the 65 degree temps year-round!

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