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On the road again – Astros vs Phillies April 27, 2010

Filed under: A Treat ($$$),Just Us,Out & About - Other — Nikki @ 5:06 pm

We flew to Texas for a few day getaway that included a night in Houston so we could catch a game at Minute Maid Park.
Daylight
Saturday, April 10, 2010 we started out with a stadium tour at 2pm. The tour took us to field level where we got to sit in the dugout and walk along the warning track around the whole park. We also got to sit in former Pres. Bush’s seats and see the owner’s suite! It was a fun way to see the ballpark and definitely worth the $9 charge.
Dugout
After the tour we decided to wait for the gates to open so we could score a free Throwback jersey shirt. We met a couple interesting guys in line & the hour or so passed fairly quickly, although the sun got hot & the sky threatened rain when it wasn’t sunny!
Lower Level
The game started at 6:05pm and was against the Philadelphia Phillies. We saw a couple firsts for the season…the first (and 2nd) Astros home run and the first Astros lead which unfortunately did not lead to the first Astros win. Some interesting things we learned about the park during the tour…
* There is a hill in center field that is in play
* The American Flag pole is on the hill in center field and is also in play
Hills?
* When there is an Astros home run the train that sits above left field moves along the track.
The Train
Chris’s Review
From the outside, closed Minute Maid park may be the ugliest park I have ever seen, but once inside when it is open, it is actually a pretty great ball park. Doing the tour was fun, and we got to go everywhere in the park, EXCEPT walking on the grass. It was nice to see another park so close, especially before the game.

Our hotel was close to the park so after the game we went back and grabbed a beer before the game. We had dinner there which is a must whenever you go to a new park. Fajitas were definitely the way to go.

The Astros lost, but it was still a fun game. It didn’t hurt that the couple next to us was very friendly, and we were able to talk to them about the Twins, and about how the Astros were doing (NOT good).

Best Part: Food, and fun. The tour was definitely worth going early for.

Worst Part: Nothing from the date, great night.

RATING: 4/5
Just Us
Nikki’s Review
Taking the stadium tour was a lot of fun! We got to see parts of the ballpark that most people never do, including the broadcast booth and the media cafeteria, the fancy-pants dining area for the Diamond Club guests and the old time scoreboard up close! We had a good time at the game too…there was some excitement with the home runs & the people sitting next to us were fun to talk to as well.

Best part of the night: Early in the game, a young boy sitting in the front row of our section (upper deck) was eating a hot dog & when he was just about done he threw it over the edge. “Look Dad, it flew like a bird!” is what he said. We laughed SO hard! Also, just being out in a new city is always fun with Chris.

Worst part of the night: The hotel we stayed at was very nice, but they had a wedding reception with very loud music until 11:30pm and then the wedding guests ran the halls every hour or so until 6 am. Needless to say, we didn’t get a lot of sleep that night, but that’s not part of the date I guess.

RATING: 5/5

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Weekend in St Louis March 17, 2010

Filed under: A Treat ($$$),Out & About - Other,Party of Four — Nikki @ 8:00 am

Group
We flew down to St. Louis the weekend of March 6, 2010 to visit our friends Shelly & Jeremy! Nikki’s Dad heard about a good flight deal & we were able to both fly round trip for a total of $228 which could not be passed up!! We didn’t have any reason to fly down except to hang out and visit which was awesome. However, we had no problem keeping very busy! We ended up going to Hodak’s, Schlafly Bottleworks (we took the tour!), Forest Park, the Boathouse, the St Louis Zoo and Ted Drewes!
bottleworks
Chris’s Review
We headed down to St Louis with almost no plan, and it worked out great. Our friends down there were in for the same type of weekend, so it was great just to be able to hang out with them. We ended up being able to hit the great St Louis Zoo, walk around one of the main city parks, and just enjoy the good weather. It was perfect to be able to get away for a few days, and I think that Nikki and I were really thankful for the weather, and being able to spend some good times with friends.

With the cheap flights to St Louis right now, I would definitely recommend it as a weekend get away.

Best Part: The weather couldn’t have been better. Definitely being able to sit by the side of a lake at the park to have lunch was great. It’s amazing how much better the weather can be just an hour flight away.

Worst Part: Sitting on the tarmac for almost an hour on both flights… but hey, can’t control everything.

RATING: 5/5
custard
Nikki’s Review
We always have a great time hanging out with Shelly & Jeremy. I’m lucky because Chris and Jeremy hit it off right away which makes it awesome for the 4 of us to hang out! This weekend was different because we didn’t have any set plans and it was nice to have a more relaxed pace. The weather was beautiful, the flight was only an hour (compared to a 9 hr drive!) and the company was fantastic!

Best Part: Lunch outside & walking around at the park and zoo…the temps got up to the 60’s!!

Worst Part: Getting up at 5:45am on Tuesday to fly home. Although, I booked the flights so I guess it’s my fault!

RATING: 5/5
zoo

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Husky Hockey Game in St Cloud February 20, 2010

Filed under: A Treat ($$$),Out & About - Other,Party of More — Nikki @ 8:33 am

On Saturday, February 13, 2010 we drove up to St Cloud, MN to attend a men’s hockey game and hang out in downtown St Cloud. There were 8 people total who went to the game and 6 of us stayed overnight at the Kelly Inn which is within walking distance of downtown!
Harry Buffalo
We had Gary’s Pizza & a couple drinks in our hotel room before heading out to MC’s Dugout for a couple more drinks before catching the MC’s shuttle to the National Hockey Center. We got our tickets and headed to our seats, only to find them smack dab in the middle of a section of UND fans. Seriously, we were surrounded!
our section
That would have been fine if the Husky’s had played well, but unfortunately they didn’t. You can read a game re-cap here, but I can tell you in 9 words…UND scores six unanswered goals in the second period. We actually left at the end of the 2nd and walked back to the downtown area. Some of us stayed out for a couple more drinks and others closed the bar down!

Chris’s Review
Hockey was a ton of fun, if only the St cloud state hockey team wouldn’t have given up 6 goals in a period. St cloud is a nice cheap place to go to for a nice weekend away, and being able to do it with friends was great. I would definitely recommend it to try and relive some of the college years. It has been a while since I ate room temp pizza in a hotel hallway at 3 am…

Best Part: Having a few drinks with friends and being able to talk, and hitting the bars in a different town.

Worst Part: Sitting in the UND cheering section, and watching a losing game.

RATING: 4/5

Nikki’s Review
Overall, the night in St Cloud was fun. I wish the hockey team had played better, but what can you do. We did get to meet a couple of Christy’s friends, hang out at a few of my old stomping grounds and only had to walk one way from the Hockey Center!

Best part of the night: The shuttle from MC’s and the first period of the hockey game. Also, Chris was pretty cute when he was drunk. 🙂

Worst part of the night: The second period where UND scored 6 goals to SCSU’s 0.

RATING: 3/5

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