Thursday, November 3, 2011

Auburn v Ole Miss with Family and Friends

War Eagle!  Our first trip to Auburn for 2011 tailgating would be the last weekend of October when Ole Miss came to town.  Thursday's ride from Alexander City was short and the weather was near perfect -- warm and sunny. We arrived and set up as we normally do in the hayfield across from Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on College Street. Afterward, we sat and watched others do the same.
Before setup we took the babies out for an introduction to the hayfield.
We finally found the perfect Auburn dog clothes at Anders Book Store.
A ruffled dress for Lexie and matching muscle shirt for Ozzie.
Lynn and Jay arrived after dark on Friday, getting away from work earlier than usual. They stopped at Lindsey's dorm to pick her up and we had a visit with the three of them for a little while that night. Jay slept on the sofa while Lynn "roughed it" on a foam mattress on the floor. The temperature plummeted and we worried they would freeze but they swear they didn't.  Next morning was downright cold but the sun was bright at least.
Lynn swears she's showing the AU logo but I think she was trying to hide it like the devoted Alabama fan she is.
By mid-morning Jay had taken his rightful place among the tons of food he and Lynn had brought. We started the day with bloody mary's and roasted peanuts.  Barbeque pork roast, greek coleslaw and some of the best baked beans I've ever tasked were ready by noon.  Yum.
Wayne devoured two plates of pork, slaw and beans.
This after two BM's and peanuts.  What cold weather?

We met our neighbors and shared the food bounty.
Debbie and Bobby

Feeling like royalty near the Auburn Throne.

Jay and Wayne were fat and sassy by mid- afternoon.
Just before gametime, Jay made grilled chicken / ciabatta sandwiches for supper.  He must have cooked 50 chicken breasts and we had all the trimmings. There were two delicious broccoli cheese casseroles that were devoured by us and all our neighbors.  What a great time we had.  The game was close and tense but Auburn pulled it off for another victory.  I think Jay and Lynn are coming 'round too. Jay even accepted an Auburn cap from Wayne. 

Lindsey works several stadium boxes on gamedays so didn't get to see her again until Sunday morning. Lynn and Jay took her out to lunch Sunday and after, we took these pictures. 
Lynn, Lindsey and Jay (in his Auburn cap) on Sunday morning.

Lynn and Lindsey

Beautiful Lindsey. War Eaglet.

Not uncommon to see Lynn talking and Lindsey's antics in the background.



Wayne, Lindsey, Jay and Lynn

Lindsey with yours truly.

By early afternoon, Lindsey was back at her dorm studying, Lynn and Jay were driving back to Pelham so Wayne and I finally left the hayfield to take a campsite at Chewacla State Park for a few days.  We were among the last few tailgaters to leave the hayfield.
Leaving the hayfield. For now.

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