Mr. Honey and I were on the road this past weekend. For some reason, I had the bright idea we should go to Cubs away games. It started with a simple two hour drive to Milwaukee. It used to be when we went to Miller Park there were more Cubs fans than Brewer fans until one year they had a ‘take back the park’ drive. It was still fun to go but it got pretty routine. Then I thought since I have family in DC, Phoenix and other places, when we go there, we should do it when the Cubs were there. Then it evolved to visiting all the stadiums.
It would have been better to start this when we were younger. But there it is.
So far, we have done Milwaukee, Cinncinati, Phoenix, Denver, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and the latest park: Target Field in Minneapolis.
We actually didn’t get to see much of Minneapolis. We usually do get to see some of whatever city we’re in but this time we went to a night game followed by a day game so there wasn’t much time in between.
I saw some of the city when we were driving in: There’s nothing like the Chicago skyline and I’m not saying that because Chicago is my hometown. It really is an impressive congrete jungle. Minneapolis has a nice skyline. And one thing Minneapolis has that Chicago doesn’t is the mighty Mississip. We have Lake Michigan but a lake is not a river.
Once we parked the car downtown at the Marriott, we didn’t get in it again until we left. We walked everywhere. But everywhere consisted of going to the ballpark and back to the hotel and to dinner – which was across the street from the hotel.
We got in Friday afternoon had time to check in, get unpacked and then walked to the ballpark.
Let me tell you something about this walking: Mr. Honey announced we would be staying close to the park to save on parking at the park and the dreadful traffic getting in and out of parks. I was a high school and college athlete but now a mile walk was not going to be the easiest thing for me so I started prepping in April byt starting small and increasing the distance until I was sure I could make it.
Turns out the ballpark is a half mile from the hotel and I did the walk in half the time it took me to do a half mile at home. Don’t get me wrong: my knees are mad as hell at me and ibuprofen stock should rise but I did it.
We had some good food – not the best meals we had but not bad. (Except for the park food, we love ballpark food but the first game we learned this park does not do park food well so the second game we limited ourselves to a strawberry chill and a malt cup.) But the hotel at a nice breakfast buffet.
Strawberries, watermelon and grapes were the appetizer to scrambled eggs and bacon.
Lest you think I forgot this is a knitting blog, I did take knitting with me but because we were walking, I didn’t want to carry my knitting to the park. I would have if we were driving and I would have knit in the park before the game but the knitting bag didn’t go with me but knitting was very much pat of the trip.
I usually find a local yarn shop to visit – let me say, I have done a LYS in every city except Milwaukee and I still have at least some of it from every city. I have knit with some of it and even sold some of the items. I decided this time to forego the LYS because part of the trip was driving through Wisconsin and this week was the warehouse sale at:
So Saturday night I asked Mr. Honey since we had to drive through Wisconsin anyway and it wouldn’t add to the travel time, we would just go a different way, if we might not stop in Stevens Point and have breakfast and tool on over to the sale and he said yes. No, I am not spoiled.
I promised I would not be very long in the store because I knew I wanted nothing but cotton yarn as I will be knitting for the spring and summer soon and I wanted to make halter tops and cuffs. They had the Lily’s on sale for less than I can get it at Knitting Warehouse. Here’s the haul. Now that I think about what I spent and what I thought I got – I may have been overcharged so I am going to check and see what I have.
I am going to be resting the legs for the next few days but will continue the walking because I don’t like being so out of shape a series of short walks will do be in.
A change is gonna come.