• ballparks,  craft beer,  North Carolina

    My night with the Asheville Tourists – May 19, 2016

    After a Wednesday night game in Kodak (read about it here), Katie and I headed for Asheville, N.C., to watch the Tourists. The benefit of driving from Kodak to Asheville was getting to travel US-441 through Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  While I have explored the Smokies multiple times, Katie had never visited.  Unfortunately, the weather was overcast and we encountered a bit of rain during our drive. Eventually as we arrived in Asheville, the rain cleared out as we made a stop at New Belgium Brewing’s new East Coast facility.  After checking into our hotel, Katie and I hit a few breweries en route to McCormick Field, but we…

  • ballparks,  craft beer,  North Carolina,  South Carolina,  Tennessee

    Previewing my trip through the Carolinas

    Since this past December, my girlfriend and I have been planning a trip to North and South Carolina once the school year was over.  She grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, so she has not visited many of the states in the Southeast.  She loves to travel, and thankfully appreciates and supports my desire to visit baseball stadiums – Major League and Minor League. So when I thought about places we could visit in the spring after we both wrapped up the spring semesters, I had two suggestions: the Carolinas or the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans.  As Katie has visited Louisiana before, and made a brief stop in…