Thursday, March 21, 2013
No beach; that’s fine
It was a brief spring break trip but a much-needed one.
Activities ranged from college baseball to collecting beaver-made walking sticks.
The first stop for wife Pam, daughter Erin, Erin’s friend Anushka and myself was in Hamilton, Ala., to drop off dog Daisy for a three-night stay at my mother’s house.
Then we drove about an hour and half south to Tuscaloosa for a Wednesday night baseball game between the Crimson Tide and the University of Memphis.
I’d been watching the weather for some time. Originally, I thought it was going to be great. But that changed. It was cold, thanks largely to the wind.
We were prepared – with coats and gloves.
But about halfway through the game, we were very chilly.
We hung in there through seven innings and thank goodness the Tide hung on to win, 4-2. Three of Alabama’s runs came in the first inning.
The highlight of the evening may be have been Erin’s catching an extra large T-shirt for her dad.
We left the game, ate hot soup at the nearby Newk’s and drove about an hour to Birmingham for a two-night stay.
Thursday, we took the girls to the McWane Science Center in downtown Birmingham. It features four floors of hands-on science exhibits as well as an IMAX theater.
It took about three hours to enjoy the wide range of activities.
Then we drove about 15 miles for lunch and some shopping at The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds. I’m not much of a shopper, particularly when it comes to clothes, but the new shops were nice and I did find a couple of bargains on some items I definitely needed.
That night we enjoyed some sushi at a local restaurant near our hotel and did lots of relaxing.
Friday morning, we drove back toward Marion County for an afternoon cookout and overnight stay.
We always look forward to these family visits and this one was one of the best ever.
The girls helped feed the cows and even named one of the new calves – Sugar.
We went fishing – at two different ponds – and picked up some beaver-made walking sticks. Beavers are apparently prominent at one of Roger and Gayla’s ponds and they leave behind very well crafted sticks. We even brought a few home.
We joked about marketing the beaver-made walking sticks from Camp Creek Farm via the Internet. Hey, it might work.
The grilled hamburgers and hot dogs were great, and the fellowship with family was even better.
That night we stayed up late and played the game Chicken Foot (using dominoes). It was fun, except for the fact that my 11-year-old daughter beat everyone. She loved being the champion.
The next morning, after some more farm chores, we enjoyed a super country breakfast that included eggs, ham, sausage, biscuits, gravy and so forth.
Then it was time to head home.
This spring break included no beach, but that’s just fine.
We experienced a ride up a mountain on the Polaris and a good view of several wild turkeys. We walked to the small creek behind my mom’s house – something I had not done in years.
Spring break made this converted city boy long for the country.
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