It did not disappoint.
We ended up with a group of eight - two of my best friends from Auburn, three of the girls from UNC and two mutual friends who joined for the weekend. I managed to find a great lake house on VRBO and we were off.
Friday night, everyone came in at staggered times, since we were coming from five different cities. I had the chance to grab dinner with A & K, who came up from Auburn/Birmingham at the cutest Mexican restaurant in Camden, Salud (you know if a New Mexican recommends your Mexican restaurant, it's good). We caught up, headed back to the house and waited for everyone else to get in.
Saturday morning, we were up bright and early to get ready/pack coolers/throw everything but the kitchen sink into our cars and then it was down to Camden we went! Thanks to some friends/clients, we had a great spot on the back row of the infield, facing College Park. Which obviously made for great entertainment and fun adventures pretending to be undergrads again. We also had a steeplechase jump right in front of our spot, which made for great spectating.
My dad's currently working on the Kershaw County Humane Society, and as one of the sponsors, they were set up. I went by to say hi and touch base, and was pleasantly surprised to see the new building's drawings out! We snapped a pic to send to dad and I kind of love it - animals, big hats, race day - it kind of encompasses everything I love (too bad there isn't a horse actually in it).
I wish it'd been about 8 degrees warmer - it was warm enough to be in our dresses, but not quite warm enough that you wanted to take off your jacket or unwrap from a blanket. Nevertheless, food was eaten, drinks were had and good times for all. I'm also proud to say, I was the only member of our group to end up on the ground, thanks to a chair incident, in which I was also laughing too hard on the ground to get up without help. #graceful
I want to go back like, tomorrow and do it again, so fingers crossed I can drag everyone along again next year!