Mr. Dreamy was running in the foam race at the MacDonald Ranch Park in Scottsdale, AZ. Sadly the 5K Foam Race fizzled. It was an hour drive back to my corner of the valley. I had 3 little boys with energy to burn, the sun was high in the sky, blazing hot. My budget: Miniscule. It’s easy to spend money in Scottsdale, but what fun is that?
I dialed my GPS to Leisure: Museums. A phone call to the Penske Racing Museum confirmed they were open, free and nearby. A 2 mile drive from the splash pad found us wending down Chauncey Lane, my shiny minivan reflecting the mirrored polish of Bentley’s, Bugatti and Lamborghini’s. I parked in the front row and huddled with the boys. “Put marshmallows on your feet and bubbles in your mouth” repeating a familiar school admonition to walk softly and keep quiet.
Of course it took my boys about 5 minutes to see everything they wanted to see on the first floor,
The second floor is a generous club space with The Turn 4 Cafe open weekdays 8 to 3PM. Vintage Indy Races repeat on the big screen, a panoramic view of sunny Scottsdale wraps around. We spotted a pedestrian bridge and the boys were off again.
The Pedestrian Walkway overlooked the Land Rover Off Road track, once the boys discovered it, we were off again
I want to thank the good folks at the museum for the hospitality. I know we are not their intended demographic, but I enjoyed the visit. It’s always a treat to find myself in the center of so much beauty. I’ll come back with Mr. Dreamy without the boys for a salad at the Turn 4 Cafe. It’s a date!