“Gramps” with favorite grandson, Mitch.
J.J. and Kristy with a little Mochi ice cream.
Jim performs a disappearing act with the Mochi ice cream.
J.J. treats us to a photogrpahic tour of his trip to the Beijing Olympics.
This is the “family”. Did Astrid take this picture? Or is that Astrid in the baby monitor on the lower right?
Carol serves lunch each day in my office as I mull over future trackchasing options.
This was a most unusual entertainment event at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
The event was called “Walking with Dinasours”.
The audience was taken back some 200 million years to the time when dinasours ruled the world.
Although my camera can't do the event justice it was a sight to see.
Sometimes the dinasours had to fight each other to stay alive.
The size of these animals compared to a man was dramatic.
Even the baby dinasours were large.
However, when the dinasour show ended it was time to head off for some trackchasing. I started the trip in Minnesota.
With bad weather in the area, I crossed the state line into Wisconsin.
I hated to come all this way and get rained out.
The rain came down in sheets and gave my windshield wipers a good work out.
However, after about 25 miles of heavy rain, it stopped. At this point, I could just admire the Wisconsin countryside.
There are a large number of lakes in Wisconsin. This one, Lake Pepin, is 22 miles long!
What a boating paradise.
Dairy farms are big in the Badger state as well.
As luck would have it, I came across MyoMed Ragnar Relay Great River race.
I passed more than 100 runners during my drive down to Fountain City. I would later find out this was a 198-mile overnight race!
The Tri-Oval Speedway has a most unique roadside “sign” advertising their
I am always intriqued by the signage folks come up with for their racetracks. This was a good one.
I went to the left for my parking spot.
Although I was here a bit early for the major part of the program, the parking lot was starting to fill.
Ten bucks is the going price for a short track program in many locations.
There was a nice field of cars in the pit area tonight.
This was unusual. The track provided a private and covered indoor area for fans to enjoy their concessions. I would imagine this area gets very crowded during a rain delay.
There were plenty of “facilities” for fans to use.
This is a new class of racecar that will run on the inner oval in 2009.
I always love seeing the American flag being displayed along side a racing machine.
Ah....the days of being slender. Fans get treated to the National Anthem at nearly every track I visit.
Cars routinely race three abreast out of the fourth turn.
Wide tracks like this mean fewer yellow flag delays and more passing.
That's a picture of speed!
I absolutely love big old stock cars racing in the Midwest. I grew up on this and it's still one of my favorites.
This is only half of the crowd at tonight's race.
This bridge takes fans from one grandstand area to the next.
These two guys raced like this for several laps.
I was very impressed with the racing at the Tri-Oval Speedway.
However, all good things must come to an end.