Thursday, February 12, 2015

Presidential Pathways: #16, Abraham Lincoln

Born: Feb. 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Ky. (Visited: June 2005)
Died: April 15, 1865, in Washington, D.C.
Burial Place: Oak Ride Cemetery in Springfield, Ill.


The Lincoln cabin no longer stands, but a Memorial Building contains a replica cabin.

There are 56 steps to the Memorial Building, which represent the 56 years of Lincoln's life, and 16 rosettes, which symbolize Lincoln being the 16th president.

The replica cabin inside the Memorial Building.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Presidential Pathways: #9, William Henry Harrison

Born: Feb. 9, 1773, in Charles City, Va. (Visited: Dec. 2009)
Died: April 4, 1841, in Washington, D.C.
Burial Place: William Henry Harrison Tomb Historic Site in North Bend, Ohio (Visited: May 2011)


Historic marker outside of Berkeley Plantation.

Main entrance to the mansion.

Burial Place

View of William Henry Harrison Tomb Historic Site from Brower Road.

Stairs to tomb entrance.

Harrison family crypt.

Graves of William Henry and Anna Harrison, and their son John Scott.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Presidential Pathways: #28, Woodrow Wilson

Born: Dec. 28, 1856, in Staunton, Va.
Died: Feb. 3, 1924, in Washington, D.C.
Burial Place: Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (Visited: April 2010)

Burial Place

Exterior of Washington National Cathedral.

Bay with Wilson's tomb in the South Nave.

View of Wilson's tomb and the nave.

Flowers left at Wilson's tomb.

Wilson is the only president buried in the District of Columbia.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Baseball Stadiums: 2015 Resolutions

Last year I made resolutions to visit some Minor League Baseball stadiums and wrote about those resolutions on this blog (read the post here) and recapped my success-failure, too (read post here).  So I decided that I would make some resolutions for 2015, and detail them here, too.

Without further ado, my 2015 MiLB travel resolutions are...

Annually since 2010, I attend the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.  The 2015 conference is in Chicago, and I plan to attend a White Sox game while in town.  Finding an MiLB game nearby is a bit more difficult, but the Kane County Cougars are only about an hour drive from downtown Chicago.  So I'm planning to rent a car and make the drive out there, and hopefully meet a blogger I've been following during the past year.

Over the past year I've started to read more blogs about Minor League Baseball, and now follow Craig Wieczorkiewicz.  Craig writes The Midwest League Traveler blog, and tweets extensively about former and current players with connections to the league.  I have only interacted with him via Twitter, but look forward to watching a game with him and discussing our mutual interests of attending Minor League Baseball games.

In 2014, I attended a Nashville Sounds game at Greer Stadium during its final season (read the post here).  After years of negotiations and many failed efforts, the Sounds will finally move into a new stadium this season.  I've never specifically trekked to a stadium during its opening season, but Nashville is one of my favorite cities so I am looking forward to planning an excursion.

Since 2010, I have traveled to Cincinnati to participate in the AP Human Geography Reading, and twice I've been lucky enough to get together with my friend Mike Bradley, who is a leisure studies professor at Eastern Kentucky University.  He's invited me to spend a few days in Lexington, where he lives, so I'm aiming to spend a few days in the Bluegrass region after completing my work before I return to Alabama.  I attended the University of Kentucky for two years in the mid-90s, and rumors circled about Lexington getting a Minor League team but it did not come to fruition until the 2000s.  So I've never seen a Lexington Legends game.

Last year I resolved to see all four Georgia teams, and succeeded in only seeing one of them - the Gwinnett Braves (read the post here).  I'm optimistic that I can accomplish this resolution because I will not be held down working on a dissertation this coming summer.  I'll probably work on some kind of research this summer, but I'll feel more free to travel without the weight of a dissertation hanging over my head.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Baseball Stadiums: Reviewing 2014 Resolutions

In January, I made four resolutions related to visiting Minor League Baseball stadiums.  As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to revisit my resolutions and see what I accomplished.

My first resolution was...
I visited the Gwinnett Braves in July (read about my visit here), but did not succeed in visiting the other three teams.  I spent a majority of my summer working on my dissertation, and did not get to visit Augusta, Rome, or Savannah.  So I was only 1-for-4 in completing this resolution.  Now that my dissertation is completed, I hopeful will visit those teams during the 2015 season.

My second resolution was...

I was 2-for-4 with my goal of visiting all the Minor League teams in Alabama.  I visited the Birmingham Barons in early May (read about visit here), and visited the Huntsville Stars in August while meeting up with a gang of former Stars coworkers (read about visit here).  I did not make it to Mobile or Montgomery though.  Again, working on my dissertation prevented me from fulfilling some of my travel goals for 2014.

My third resolution was...

I actually accomplished this resolution.  On the first day of the AAG Annual Meeting, I made a trek from downtown Tampa to Clearwater for a game between the Threshers and Tampa Yankees (read about visit here).  The game and meeting Phinley lived up to expectations.  I went on a Tuesday night, but the Threshers had a beer special so I enjoyed a few Yuengling lagers.

My fourth resolution was...

I was 1-for-3 on completing this resolution. I saw my first Bowling Green Hot Rods game (read about visit here), but did not get to visit the Lexington Legends or Louisville Bats.  I had hoped to visit the Bluegrass region before going to Cincinnati for the AP Human Geography Reading, but at the risk of sounding like a broken record I did not get to do that because I was working on my dissertation.

Of my four resolutions, I only completed one.  Maybe I was too ambitious with my resolutions, but at least I tried.  Tallying up the individual components of my resolutions, I was 5-for-12, which depending upon how you look at it is amazing or decidedly mediocre.  It means I accomplished 41.6 percent of the tasks to complete all four resolutions.  By normal standards of excellence that's not good, but by baseball standards I'd be batting .417 which is Hall of Fame caliber stats.

Ultimately, I'm disappointed I didn't complete more of my resolutions, but I knew that some of them were overly ambitious.  Regardless of my results, I am glad that I set some travel resolutions to keep myself motivated and my mind churning with ideas of places to visit.  I will set some travel goals for 2015 and post about those within a few weeks.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Presidential Pathways: #35, John F. Kennedy

Born: May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Mass.
Died: Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas
Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (Visited: April 2010)
Library & Museum: Boston, Mass.

Burial Place

An eternal flame watches over the grave site of John and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Tombstone for President Kennedy.

Tombstone for the First Lady.