• ballparks,  travel

    Reviewing my 2018 ballpark resolutions

    Over the past four years I’ve made ballpark travel resolutions based primarily upon seeing Minor League Baseball games, and each year I recap the goals and assess how successful I was in accomplishing my goals.  So without further ado, here is how I did with my 2018 ballpark travel resolutions. Resolution #1: In 2018, I resolve to see all three @TweetHomeAla @MiLB teams (@BhamBarons, @Mobile_BayBears, & @BiscuitBaseball) with @DJKati. #NewYearsResolutions #PlayBall #sportstravel — Steven Ericson (@StevenOnTheMove) January 2, 2018 I had previously seen all of Alabama’s Minor League teams play at home, but never during the same season.  More importantly, setting the goal of seeing all three Alabama teams at…

  • Alabama,  travel

    A guide to Hank Williams sights in Montgomery

    The death of legendary country music star Hank Williams is shrouded in mystery.  However, there is no mystery behind visiting some of the most notable sights associated with Williams in his adopted hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. In 1937, Hank, his mother, and his siblings moved to Montgomery from nearby Georgiana.  It was in Montgomery that 13-year-old Hiram Williams started using “Hank” as his stage name.  After winning a local talent show and landing a twice-weekly, 15-minute radio show, Hank dropped out of school in 1939 and began touring with The Drifting Cowboys. He eventually moved to Nashville as his career gained momentum, but Montgomery remained close to his heart.  He…

  • Alabama,  ballparks,  travel

    A Minor League Baseball road trip through Alabama

    People who enjoy baseball, and especially Minor League Baseball, regularly plan their summer vacations around visiting ballparks.  These trips are often based around individual goals, whether it’s to visit new states or new ballparks or to watch top prospects or even the most ambitious goal of seeing all 159 active, affiliated Minor League baseball stadiums. With good timing, visiting all of the Minor League ballparks in Alabama can be done in a matter of four days.  I undertook this adventure earlier this summer with my wife Katie. The Basics Currently, Alabama has three Minor League Baseball teams: the Birmingham Barons, the Mobile BayBears, and the Montgomery Biscuits.  From north-to-south, the…

  • Louisiana,  travel

    Exploring New Orleans with Two Chicks Walking Tours

    The list of “must-do” activities for visitors to New Orleans can be quite extensive depending on the length of your stay, your interests, where you’re staying in the city, and all litany of other factors.  However, exploring the city’s cemeteries usually appears on most lists.  Often hailed as “Cities of the Dead,” there are about a half-dozen well-known cemeteries throughout the city worth visiting.  And there are a lot of ways to explore the cemeteries through walking tours.  I opted to go on a tour with Two Chicks Walking Tours, which operates small-group tours throughout the city. While I easily determined what tour company I wanted to use, it was…

  • presidents,  Tennessee,  travel

    Presidential sights in Nashville, Tenn.

    When people think about visiting presidential places, it’s easy to get caught up in visiting Washington, D.C.  However, there are a couple of presidential sights in Nashville people can visit. Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage Andrew Jackson, who served as the seventh president from 1829 to 1837, is the most famous presidential resident of Nashville.  He moved to Nashville in 1788 following his appointment as a prosecutor in the Western District of North Carolina.  Tennessee did not become a state until 1796, and was a part of North Carolina up until that time.  Jackson eventually married Rachel Donelson in 1794, and purchased the plantation that would become known as The…

  • ballparks,  travel

    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. Resolution #1: 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 the MiLB teams in my current home state of Alabama.  However, I have not seen them all with my now wife Katie.  Since she…

  • ballparks,  travel

    Reviewing my 2017 ballpark resolutions

    As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time for the annual review of my New Year’s resolutions.  Unlike people who resolve to lose weight or be kinder to others, which are all great goals, mine focus on travel and more specifically they focus on baseball travel. My first resolution for 2017 was… In 2017, I resolve to see a @FisherCats or @PortlandSeaDogs game with @joshpahigian. #PlayBall — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2017 While attending the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Boston in April, I organized a field trip to see the Portland Sea Dogs and got to meet Josh at the game.  It was great getting…

  • Beach scene with a sign that says "Welcome to Mississippi Gulf Coast" behind a bench. Text overlays the image that says, "Five things to do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast besides beaches and casinos."
    Mississippi,  travel

    Five things to do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    When many people think of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a vacation destination they likely think about the beaches and casinos.  However, there’s a lot more to do besides relaxing on the beach or trying to hit it big at the casino.  Here’s five activities you can do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast besides beaches and casinos. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530) Known as the “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” George E. Ohr created ceramic works that clashed with the aesthetics of 19th century American ideals.  In 2009, Ohr received recognition for his genius when New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art included some of his pieces…

  • ballparks,  New Hampshire,  travel

    Previewing my trip to New England

    As Opening Day for Major League and Minor League teams is upon us this week, I get set for two constants of my life during the month of April: attending the AAG Annual Meeting and attending some baseball games during the opening week of the season. The 2017 AAG Annual Meeting is in Boston, so that will serve as the base of my journeys over the next week. Map of my upcoming trip to New England. I arrive in Boston on Wednesday, April 5, so I will start my trip by seeing the Red Sox that night.  It’ll be a harried day, as I am also making my presentation that…

  • ballparks,  travel

    Revealing my 2017 ballpark resolutions

    I’m now into year three of writing baseball-travel resolutions (read 2015’s resolutions here; read 2016’s resolutions here).  These resolutions/goals mostly focus on attending Minor League Baseball games, but sometimes I add a Major League Baseball goal. The first resolution for 2017… In 2017, I resolve to see a @FisherCats or @PortlandSeaDogs game with @joshpahigian. #PlayBall — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2017 Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to interact with Josh Pahigian, who has written numerous books about attending MLB and MiLB games (see his Amazon author page here).  He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the University of New England.  During this past season he reached out…