Summer Slide Show

Time for my annual "how I spent my summer" blog.  This year featuring recent vacation trips to Colorado and New York.  My son, Andy, is headed off to NC State next month where he will study engineering and also be involved with the Air Force ROTC program.  Months earlier, I had booked a trip for us to stay in Denver and visit the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.  Of course, at that time nobody knew that a good portion of Colorado would be burning up with wildfires.

As you can see, we made it to Coors Field just fine and saw the Rockies beat the Nationals 11-10...even on vacation I can't escape that number combination.  The game went 11 innings and lasted 4.5 hours thanks to Bryce Harper's tying home run in the 9th.  Downtown baseball (LoDo) as they call it Denver was awesome with plenty of great places to walk to and take in the NBA Draft following the afternoon game.  Hope to get the chance to do that kind of thing in Uptown Charlotte with the Knights some day.  Despite the fires, we were still able to tour the Air Force Academy, hike at Red Rocks and visit Golden, Colorado for a nice visit.

uly 4th, Sandra and I took two of our (five) kids to New York City.  We made it to Coney Island, but a few hours after the hot dog eating contest, so I was unable to provide live play-by-play of the event for WBT as I had hoped.  Settled for one chili dog at Nathan's instead. 

The Yankees were out of town and a stadium tour was going to be $100 for the four us, so I passed.  I spent $30 total on tickets for Andy and me in Colorado to give you a price comparison.  Plenty to see and do though including throwing a frisbee at Central Park, visiting Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Little Italy, Chinatown, Rockefeller Center, FAO Schwarz, and fireworks over the Hudson River.  Our hotel overlooked Madison Square Garden, but definitely saw a lot more of the new Brooklyn Nets merchandise being worn around town than the New York Knicks.  There was also a giant Tim Tebow billboard on the side of a nearby building, not bad for a backup QB.  Jimmy Clausen wouldn't get the same celebrity status I guess. 

It's back to work though.  I will be hosting the morning show next week with Bo and Stacey out, and it's just two weeks until we crank up an 18th season of Panthers football with training camp in Spartanburg.  Gotta pay for those vacations and college tuitions now.

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