Friday, July 25, 2014

Tennessee, Summer 2014, Part 3

Part 3 of the two weeks in Tennessee actually features two excursions in Georgia = an Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets game, and a trip to Chickamauga National Military Park.  The same day as the latter, I also revisited the International Towing & Recovery Museum in Chattanooga.  Here are some quick photos.

I usually hang around Atlanta during my time out in Chattanooga, but Turner Field (aka "The Ted") was the only thing I saw / did in ATL this time around.

My brother-in-law was kind enough to join me.

Sweet!  Sweet Water!

1990s dominance only resulted in 1 World Series victory.

View while waiting for a (really good) hamburger.

We got to our seats just in time to see lead-off batter (and former New York Yankee) Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run.  Mets lead 1-0 before I can take a bite of my food.

We moved a little higher to have elbow room.  Here's a slightly wide angle view from our seats.

Corporate Atlanta = Coca Cola, Chick-Fil-A, and Delta.

The sky had an awesome color to it, so I highlighted it using the "Pop" feature on my camera.

It's hard to tell, but the Braves fans are doing the Tomahawk chop.  Keep in mind that just days beforehand, the Washington Redskins lost the trademark to their name.

After being down 3-0, the Braves rallied, as seen here, in large part thanks to the Mets committing multiple errors as well as the horrible pitching of Jeurys Familia.

Andrelton Simmons hits the ball towards Eric Campbell, who will fumble it, allowing the go-ahead fourth run.

Atlanta won 5-3.

My parents had never been to a Civil War battlefield before coming out to Chattanooga.  After seeing Lookout Mountain's Point Park, it was time to see the site of the battle that preceded it, in Chickamauga (Fort Oglethorpe, GA).

The gun collection is exceptional.

The Spencer Rifle, second from the left, changed the course of some battles due to its quick firing design.

It was too hot for my parents, so we speedily did the driving tour around the battlefield.

You wouldn't know that soldiers lay dying right around this spot 150 years ago.

Many monuments are scattered throughout the site.

This one is the largest.

There's also this tower, which was actually open to climb (unlike the last time I came, in December 2011).

The funkiest museum in Eastern Tennessee has to be the International Towing & Recovery Museum.

My mom and dad found it interesting.

I ordered my pop to stand next to the largest rig.

This photo is unrelated to everything above, but since it was in the same time period (and Chris looks adorable), I'm including it.

Coming up next = a day trip to Birmingham, Alabama.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tennessee, Summer 2014, Part 2

Here's Part 2 of the Tennessee vacation photos, living up to my blog's tagline of "Now with 100% more baby!"

Christopher loved his grandparents' house.


He spent a good amount of time in the wading pool.

Grandma made sure to assist him.

That yellow ball became his favorite toy, possibly ever.

Yes, I take photos of food... even homecooked meals!  But I had to remember what that potato looked like.  Yum!

Chris really enjoyed having maple bars for the first time.

Awww... time to go out and about.

Dinner one night was at the Boathouse, on the Tennessee River.

(that's the river)

I'm a fan of oysters, though I rank alone among my family members.

Maybe one day this little tyke can be my oyster shucking partner.

Time for another adventure - to Ruby Falls, just down the mountain from the grandparents'.

It's been a few years since I've gone, so I forgot about the long cave leading up to the waterfall.  Chris enjoyed spending time with his paternal grandpa.

Ooooooo, ahhhhhhh...

Time for a man adventure, to the Chattanooga Lookouts game.

My brother-in-law convinced us to test our speed.

I actually had the fastest time... but considering how slow it was, I'm not sharing.  Tommy John surgery is in my near future, however.

Unfortunately for us Giants fans, the Lookouts are a Dodgers AA affiliate.  Blech.

And how!

View from our seats, which faced directly into the sun for the majority of the game.

Multiple runners scoring for the Lookouts.

I let this guy (gal?) hang out on my palm.

Fireworks afterward, in the lead up to July 4th.

Christopher woke up on his 1st birthday to a present in bed (well, our bed).

He didn't seem too enthused with the birthday bow tie, however.

Cool birthday cake!

Party time...

Christopher seemed a little confused by what was going on... "Why am I wearing this hat?  What are you putting in front of me?"

He took a piece of frosting off of the cake...

...but it turns out he's not a frosting fan.

The cake itself was a bigger hit.

I can't believe I have a 1 year old.

And my father-in-law probably can't believe he has a 1 year old grandson!

One of the rare photos of me on this trip (and yes, it's a selfie... d'oh).

Part 3, featuring the Atlanta Braves, Chickamauga, and the quirkiest museum in the South, coming up next.