• ballparks,  Kentucky,  travel

    My night with the Lexington Legends – June 12, 2018

    The second stop on my trip through the Bluegrass State for baseball and beer was Lexington, Ky.  It is a city that I used to know really well because I attended the University of Kentucky for two years as an undergraduate, but it has been nearly two decades since I was last a student at UK.  So returning to Lexington to explore its budding craft beer scene (yes, BEER not bourbon) while also visiting another Minor League Baseball stadium has been on my “to-do” list for quite a few years.  Finally this summer, I got to make it happen. So on a Tuesday afternoon following some visits to the city’s…

  • ballparks,  Kentucky,  travel

    My night with the Louisville Bats – June 11, 2018

    There is something to be said for returning to places you have visited before.  If you haven’t been to that place in a number of years you may get to see how it has changed since your last visit.  Sometimes the more you visit a place the more you notice different characteristics.  That was the case this summer when I returned to Louisville, Ky., to attend a Louisville Bats baseball game. I had previously attends a Bats game in 2005.  So some things had changed and some things had relatively remained the same since my last visit 13 years ago.  The Bats still play at Louisville Slugger Field just east…

  • Alabama,  ballparks,  Kentucky,  Virginia

    Revealing my 2018 ballpark resolutions

    Since 2014, I have posted travel resolutions for each new year.  They typically related to traveling to see new Minor League Baseball stadiums.  As I rung in the new year, I sat down and posted my resolutions.  So here are my resolutions for the upcoming year. My first resolution for 2018… In 2018, I resolve to see all three @TweetHomeAla @MiLB teams (@BhamBarons, @Mobile_BayBears, & @BiscuitBaseball) with @DJKati. #NewYearsResolutions #PlayBall #sportstravel — Steven Ericson (@MyGeogLessons) January 2, 2018 Over the past six years, I have managed to see all of the MiLB teams in my current home state of Alabama.  However, I have not seen them all with my now…

  • ballparks,  Georgia,  Kentucky,  North Carolina,  South Carolina

    Reviewing my 2016 ballpark resolutions

    Like many people, I make New Years’ resolutions.  Unlike most people mine aren’t about losing weight, spending more time with family, getting organized, or any of the other most common resolutions that people end up breaking a few weeks into the new year.  Instead, my resolutions are about travel related to baseball teams.  Specifically, I tweet my resolutions about the baseball teams/stadiums I hope to visit during the upcoming year. So as 2016 is nearly coming to a close, I’ve taken some time to sit down and look at my success of accomplishing my New Years’ resolutions.  Since 2014, I’ve written four resolutions on January 1st of each year.  So…

  • ballparks,  Kentucky

    My night with the Bowling Green Hot Rods – Aug. 6, 2016

    Coming into the baseball season I thought I was going to have the opportunity to visit all three Minor League Baseball teams in Kentucky.  Unfortunately, scheduling prevented me from making the trip.  However, in early August things started to come together that would allow fiancée Katie and I to make the trip to see the Bowling Green Hot Rods over her birthday weekend. I started by reaching out to Alex Cohen, the team’s broadcasting and media relations manager, about securing a pair of tickets to the Club Level.  I also got assistance from Telia Butler with the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, who helped me find a great hotel…

  • ballparks,  Georgia,  Kentucky,  North Carolina,  South Carolina

    Revealing my 2016 ballpark resolutions

    Over the past two years I’ve made some baseball-related travel resolutions for the new year (Read 2015 resolutions here).  I’ve continued that trend into 2016, so before the semester gets away from me I wanted to sit down and recap my goals for the upcoming baseball season. Getting right to the point, my first Minor League Baseball travel resolution is to… In 2016, I resolve to see @GoTourists play on a #ThirstyThursday. #PlayBall — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2016 I’ve previously made resolutions to see specific teams, but I have not made a resolution to attend on a specific day of the week or to attend a specific promotion.…

  • ballparks,  Georgia,  Illinois,  Kentucky,  Tennessee

    Reviewing my 2015 ballpark resolutions

    Since 2014, I have posted baseball-related travel resolutions.  If you want to see how I did meeting my 2014 resolutions, read about it here. Starting off January 1, I made four resolutions relating to visiting Minor League Baseball stadiums. In 2015, I resolve to attend @KCCougars game while visiting @ChooseChicago for #AAG2015, and hopefully share a beer with @MWLtraveler. — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2015 I started the year off on a good note, as I did in fact attend a Kane County Cougars game, and I got to meet Craig Wieczorkiewicz.  Craig operates The Midwest League Traveler, which covers appropriately enough, the Midwest League.  The first day I…

  • Kentucky,  presidents,  travel

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace in Hodgenville, Ky.

    In the fall of 1808, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln moved to a farm in LaRue County in Western Kentucky.  On Feb. 12, 1809, at the Sinking Spring Farm Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin.  The original cabin was likely dismantled prior to 1865 and used in the construction of a nearby house, which was later dismantled and used to re-create the Lincoln cabin.  The Lincoln Farm Association believed it purchased the original logs from the cabin and attempted to reconstruct the building, but soon learned they did not have the authentic logs.  Eventually, the organization built a replica cabin on the site that resides inside the Memorial…

  • ballparks,  Georgia,  Illinois,  Kentucky,  Tennessee

    Revealing my 2015 ballpark resolutions

    Last year I made resolutions to visit some Minor League Baseball stadiums and wrote about those resolutions on this blog (read the post here) and recapped my success-failure, too (read post here).  So I decided that I would make some resolutions for 2015, and detail them here, too. Without further ado, my 2015 MiLB travel resolutions are… In 2015, I resolve to attend @KCCougars game while visiting @ChooseChicago for #AAG2015, and hopefully share a beer with @MWLtraveler. — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2015 Annually since 2010, I attend the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.  The 2015 conference is in Chicago, and I plan to attend a…

  • Kentucky,  presidents,  travel

    Zachary Taylor Burial Place in Louisville, Ky.

    Following the consumption of raw fruit and iced milk during Fourth of July festivities in Washington, D.C., Zachary Taylor became extremely ill.  He died five days later.  Historians still debate what caused his death. Following a brief interment at the Public Vault in Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., Taylor’s remains were interred alongside his parents in their family cemetery in Louisville, Ky.  In 1883, the Commonwealth of Kentucky erected a 50-foot monument capped with a life-size likewise of Taylor near his grave.  After his descendants advocated for turning the family plot into a national cemetery, the U.S. government built a new mausoleum for Taylor and his immediate family members in…