|Still in northern Indiana, our friend Chris told us about a music festival in South Bend. We saw it as we explored downtown South Bend on our own on the Friday evening before we met up with her.
|We saw lots of people out on the East Race Waterway, where the St. Joseph River is diverted and they created a whitewater course.
|We walked the riverwalk next to the St. Joe as well.
|We later learned that all the people on the East Race were going for free as a part of South Bend's "Best Week Ever".
|There were lots of things going on downtown as a part of this promotion.
|We had dinner downtown and saw the river lights.
|On the walk back we happened upon a bridge where it looked like they were going to set off fireworks. So, we decided to
stay for a bit.
|We were shocked that we could be so close to the action, and basically have a front row seat.
|The next day we met up with our friend Chris for the festival and to explore downtown with her.
|We ran into a couple of Eric's college friends, and their daughter was trying rafting on the East Race with some friends.
|We walked around and found a nice park to chill for a bit.
|Back at the festival we found and shared a delicious Thai Peanut Salad from a food tent: zucchini noodles, green papaya, daikon radish carrots, red cabbage, Thai peanut satay sauce, peanuts, pickled red onions - yum!.
|The bands rotated between two stages, so there was always music. Some we liked, some we didn't, but it was fun.