Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Indy Vacay

We're back from vacation number two!  I have to say, I was really impressed with Indianapolis.  I had no idea it was such a vibrant city.

Even though Jay was there to attend an Athletic Training convention, we still made time for plenty of fun activities.  Our hotel was right in the heart of downtown, with easy access to the convention center, amazing restaurants, a four-story mall, several museums, a canal, a state park, and the zoo.  I loved how pedestrian and bike friendly the entire city was.  It was so easy to get around and explore.

Here are a few of the highlights.

Sightseeing runs
Jay and I squeezed in a couple of great runs through the state park and along the canal.  We were so busy enjoying the scenery, it hardly even felt like a workout.  It's the best way to see a new city!

Local beer
There are craft breweries everywhere you look in Indy!  We knew there was no way we could try them all (although I think we made a pretty good dent), so, in order to cover more ground, we joined a couple of friends on a brewery tour of the city.  We had a great time seeing four different breweries, tasting all different types of craft beers, and chatting with some of the local beer-makers.
You can't help but laugh at a picture of a bus on a bus on a bus.

The Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis has an awesome zoo.  Aside from all the usual animal favorites, we had access to a large aquarium where we got to pet sharks and see a dolphin show.  We also saw a dog show in which all different types of rescued pups performed amazing tricks.  It was quite impressive.  I have some work to do with Wendy and Oliver after seeing that!

Outdoor concert
Jay and I happened upon a big outdoor OAR concert one night that was just down the road from our hotel.  We bought some tickets from someone off the street and enjoyed our evening sitting outside and listening to the band.  OAR was one of my favorites back in college, and it brought back so many fun memories!

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
I am not much of a race car fan, but I still really enjoyed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  It was interesting to hear about the history of the famous track and see all of the winning race cars.
Things have come a long way since 1911.
They wouldn't let us take any of the cars for a spin, but we did ride a bus around the actual 2.5 mile track.  It took about 15 minutes for us, while the race cars can make it around in a matter of seconds.

Eating, shopping, and exploring the city
Basically, everything else that we did.  When Jay was at his conference, I took full advantage of the huge mall next door and got some good shopping in.  I also enjoyed lots of time just strolling around, both by myself and with Jay and our friends.  There was always something to see.
And we certainly did not leave Indianapolis hungry.  We hit up tons of great local restaurants, and I don't think we had a single bad meal.
All in all, another great trip!  Now for a few uninterrupted weeks back in OKC.

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