23 October 2012

Notre Dame road trip

Finally getting around to posting about homebase & I's AMAZING road trip to South Bend just over a week ago.  After talking about it every fall for who knows how long, we finally pulled the trigger.  Homebase found a hotel, I found some tickets and just like that, it was a done deal!
We packed A LOT into our time there and left no fun opportunity unexplored.  I'm pasting our itinerary here.  There were a couple things that we didn't get to but we made it to a majority of it!
On the way over Thursday after work, we made the very smart decision to drive a little out of our way and overnight with Uncle Dan.  He was thrilled to have us, plied us with food and drink (despite it being 9:30 when we got there) and set us up with comfy beds.  And he saw us off in the morning, having stocked us up with bananas, donuts and cold meat sandwiches for the road.
I would be writing forever if I tried to explain how amazing Notre Dame is and all the wonderful things we saw and did.  We walked down the player tunnel, stood in the end zone, shopped and shopped and shopped in the bookstore, went to mass, prayed in the grotto, walked the quads, cheered & watched ESPN College Gameday live, (Chris Fowler is SO classy!), had great seats for the pep rally, took the tour of the campus, watched the drum line and band play, enjoyed a tailgate meal for $3 (with free ND bucket and frisbee!) courtesy of the Alumni club, listened to a lecture on guardian angels, had a hilarious cheeseburger courtesy of one of the many student concession stands, hid out from the rain before the game, watched one of the most amazing finishes and goal-line stands I've ever seen, and had countless laughs.
It was an incredible trip and a lifelong memory.
Check out my picture set, or homebase's, or our little video montage

10:00 am - 5:00 pm (except during team walkthrus) - Stadium Tunnel Tours. North Tunnel of ND Stadium. 
10:00 - 5:00 pm - Football Fridays at the Eck Center.  Tailgating ($1 hot dogs!), ESPN tv, raffles, food, performances, etc. Hospitality tent, NW corner of Eck Visitor Center.
11:30 - 12:45 pm - Mass. Basilica of Sacred Heart.  
Noon - 5:00 pm - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Basilica of Sacred Heart
1:00 pm - Public visitors tour. Eck Visitors Center.
4:00 - 4:10 pm - Trumpets under the Dome.  Marching band trumpet section plays 2 songs inside Main Building rotunda.
4:20 - 4:45 pm - Marching band warm-up and step-off from outside Main Building.
6:00 - 7:00 pm - Pep Rally. Purcell Pavilion @ Joyce Center.

10:30 - 11:30 am - Saturdays with the Saints lecture. (On Angels)  Lawrence Cunningham, chair of theology emeritus.  Andrews Auditorium (lower level), Geddes Hall.
10:00 - 3:00 pm - ND Experience, fan fest. Games, giveaways, samples. North Dome, Joyce Fieldhouse.
11:00 - 12:00 pm - ESPN CollegeGameday live broadcast
2:40 - 3:00 pm - Marching band step-off.  Trek from Main Bldg to stadium. 45 min before kick.
3:05 - 3:20 pm - Band pre-game performance.  On field, ND Stadium.
3:30 - 7:00 pm - ND Football vs Stanford.  Notre Dame Stadium


  1. Thanks for doing this Jake, I love the video.. That trip was certainly a highlight in my life.. You even drove the whole thing in the rain.. quite a feat. And they are still winning. GO IRISH

  2. Love that you had a schedule... Our kids used to complain that I had an itinerary on vacations, but this is taking it to the next level. I understand the sentiment...if you don't plan, it can't all be seen, right? Sounds like a great time, and again, I"m jealous of the video. You'll have to show me some tricks on iMovie.