Monday, August 24, 2015

8.22.15 - 8.23.15 Pittsburgh

We headed to Pittsburgh to check off another ballpark from our list and meet up with our friends Jon and Jackie. We had a great time exploring the city, the Andy Warhol museum, and the local beer scene.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

8.14.15 St Louis with the Bells

We headed to St Louis to visit with our friends the Bells. It was a great visit with a lot of fun times on their terrific deck and watching baseball. On Saturday, we headed down to the Cardinals stadium to check out the new Ballpark Village. It turns out it was the induction ceremony for the Cardinals Hall of Fame. SO FUN! 

Beth and I had a good time tweeting Megan Edmonds from the Real Housewives of Orange County since Jim was one of the hall members. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

8.7.15 Phoenix Baseball Trip

We headed out for a weekend trip to Phoenix to cross Chase Field off the list. We arrived last on Friday night. We had a little trouble getting to our hotel because roads were closed to facilitiate the traffic leaving that night's game. Once we found it  - we loved it! The Hotel Palomar was fantastic. It has a fun roof top bar and a great restaurant/lounge with craft cocktails - all walking distance from the stadium. 

Saturday morning, we had breakfast at the restaurant next to the hotel, the Breakfast Club. The food was great. Then we headed east to see some of the sites. We stopped at a lovely historical marker. We aren't sure exactly what it commemorated. 

Then we went to Superstition Mountain museum that included the old sets from some of the Western TV shows. It ended up being pretty interesting. We had to try the Sarsaparilla. The Elvis chapel was also a highlight.

Then we headed to Goldfield Ghost Town I had read about. I obviously didn't read enough about it since it was a recreation - not exactly the real deal.  We took the mine tour. I liked it since they built it as a tourist attraction. It wasn't as claustrophobic as other mines I'd been in.
 We took the train ride around the Town. The best part was when the train conductor explained all the conspiracy theories about the Superstition Mountains including that aliens that live there. He went into a very detailed explanation of what they could look like: Lizard bodies with human head and arms or human bodies with lizard heads and arms.

On the way back to Phoenix, we stopped at Four Peaks Brewery. The food was really good - especially the kale salad. The manager was really nice and we had a good chat with him. We liked most of the beers.

Then it was finally time to head to the game. It turned out it was Randy Johnson's number retirement so that was really fun to see. We liked the Field a lot. They have so many places to watch the game - an area with pool tables, a beer bar in the outfield, a Fridays with tables and bleachers in the outfield. Very fun. We got a stand up table at the beer bar and had a nice time chatting up a local.

After the game, we walked back to the hotel and noticed a cool cocktail parlor: Bitter and Twisted.  We got a seat at the bar. It was so much fun to watch the bartenders whip up all these crazy cocktails. The food was pretty good too.

Sunday - we headed to the airport and spent most of the day flying.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Carnival Sensation with my sister

This past weekend I went on a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas with my sister, Sara. It was a blast! We had so much fun. Some of the highlights: 

1. The Piano Bar - We closed it down 2 out of the 3 nights. (The 3rd night it was already closed by the time we got there.) Russell - the piano player - was amazing and we had so much fun with him and the other guests.