#23 Regions Field

I finally made it to a Birmingham Barons game last week. And whoa baby, talk about fun. I met up with some friends from school and we had a blast! Regions Field is brand spankin new, and really nice. I’m fairly certain that everyone under the age of 35 in Birmingham was at the game. It was like a flash back to school.

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Featuring: Anne-Marie and me!

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Our group

I had so much fun with my friends that when I left, I wasn’t even sure what the score was. And I might have had to ask which team was which. Whoops!

My Birmingham Bucket List:

  1. 16th Street Baptist Church
  2. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  4. Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  5. Alabama Theatre
  6. Aldridge Gardens
  7. American Village
  8. Avondale Brewery
  9. Birmingham Museum of Art
  10. Birmingham History Center
  11. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  12. Birmingham Railroad Park
  13. Birmingham Rights Heritage Trail
  14. Irondale Cafe
  15. Kelly Ingram Park
  16. Moonlight on the Mountain
  17. Moss Rock Preserve
  18. Lover’s Leap
  19. Oak Mountain State Park
  20. The Peanut Depot
  21. Pepper Place Saturday Market
  22. Red Mountain Park
  23. Regions Field
  24. Rickwood Field
  25. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
  26. Sloss Furnaces
  27. The Vulcan

#8 Avondale Brewery

Dang, y’all. I have to get busy with my bucket list!

I’m here to report on # 8, Avondale Brewery. My friend Anne-Marie takes friends to Avondale Brewery (amazing idea) when they come to town, and was so sweet to invite me to join her, her boyfriend Ryan and their friends from Auburn one weekend a while back. To say it was amazing is a bit of an understatement. Beer, live music, an outdoor patio and amazing BBQ just a few doors down = Heaven. I’m currently looking for apartments in the area. No, just kidding…that would be dangerous.

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Me and AM. The gentleman we asked to take our picture was struggling.

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Yum! Spring Street Saison is the bee’s knees (elephant’s knees?). #trunksup

After we hung around at Avondale for a while, we decided to venture over to Good People for one more drink.

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I don’t remember what the name of this one was, but I assure you it was awesome.image

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The ladies.

Want to come visit? Please do. We’ll grab a drink!

My Birmingham Bucket List:

  1. 16th Street Baptist Church
  2. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  4. Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  5. Alabama Theatre
  6. Aldridge Gardens
  7. American Village
  8. Avondale Brewery
  9. Birmingham Museum of Art
  10. Birmingham History Center
  11. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  12. Birmingham Railroad Park
  13. Birmingham Rights Heritage Trail
  14. Irondale Cafe
  15. Kelly Ingram Park
  16. Moonlight on the Mountain
  17. Moss Rock Preserve
  18. Lover’s Leap
  19. Oak Mountain State Park
  20. The Peanut Depot
  21. Pepper Place Saturday Market
  22. Red Mountain Park
  23. Regions Field
  24. Rickwood Field
  25. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
  26. Sloss Furnaces
  27. The Vulcan

My Birmingham List: #17 Moss Rock Preserve and #18 Lover’s Leap

In looking up things to do around Birmingham I discovered that there is a place right down the street from me called Moss Rock Preserve. I called up Natalie and we decided to go on a Sunday afternoon. It was an amazing place! There were huge boulders to climb, hiking trails and even a waterfall. I could have stayed all day!

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We took the long way home and ended up passing a historical marker on the side of one of the mountains in Birmingham (that has a breathtaking view). I am not one to pass up reading a historical marker, especially when it’s on the side of a cliff, so I insisted Natalie turn around and take me back. It turned out to be a Lover’s Leap. From what I’ve read (on Wikipedia), Lover’s Leap is “a toponym given to a number of locations of varying height, usually isolated, with the risk of a fatal fall and the possibility of a deliberate jump. Legends of romantic tragedy are often associated with a Lovers’ Leap.” The Lover’s Leap in Bluff Park has a replica of the first four lines of Lord Byron’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” that were inscribed into a rock in 1827 by Colonel Thomas W. Farrar.

To sit on the rocks, to muse o’er flood and fell

To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene

Where things that own not man’s dominion dwell

And mortal foot hath ne’er or rarely been.

Another story associated with Lover’s Leap is “an Indian brave, supposedly grown weary of the attentions of an Indian princess, took her to the high crest where he stabbed her with a bone knife. Suddenly stricken with remorse, he gathered her in his arms and leaped off the bluff.” –From www.bluffparkal.org

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My Birmingham Bucket List:

  1. 16th Street Baptist Church
  2. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  4. Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  5. Alabama Theatre
  6. Aldridge Gardens
  7. American Village
  8. Avondale Brewery
  9. Birmingham Museum of Art
  10. Birmingham History Center
  11. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  12. Birmingham Railroad Park
  13. Birmingham Rights Heritage Trail
  14. Irondale Cafe
  15. Kelly Ingram Park
  16. Moonlight on the Mountain
  17. Moss Rock Preserve
  18. Lover’s Leap
  19. Oak Mountain State Park
  20. The Peanut Depot
  21. Pepper Place Saturday Market
  22. Red Mountain Park
  23. Regions Field
  24. Rickwood Field
  25. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
  26. Sloss Furnaces
  27. The Vulcan

My Birmingham List: #27 The Vulcan

The Vulcan was one of the first things I wanted to see when I moved to Birmingham. After deciding that I wanted to do a “New Year, New City” card to send to my friends around the new year, I knew that I had to take my picture with the man of iron.

Standing more than 56 ft tall, The Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue. Vulcan was designed in 1904 by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti, and cast from local iron. It has overlooked Birmingham since the 1930s.

It was an incredibly cold day, and standing on the catwalk wasn’t really easy for me (you can see straight down to the ground. It’s high up!) but we managed to have fun, learn a lot about Birmingham and enjoy the view–of downtown Birmingham, and Mr. Vulcan’s cast iron buns.

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My Birmingham Bucket List:

  1. 16th Street Baptist Church
  2. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  4. Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  5. Alabama Theatre
  6. Aldridge Gardens
  7. American Village
  8. Avondale Brewery
  9. Birmingham Museum of Art
  10. Birmingham History Center
  11. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  12. Birmingham Railroad Park
  13. Birmingham Rights Heritage Trail
  14. Irondale Cafe
  15. Kelly Ingram Park
  16. Moonlight on the Mountain
  17. Moss Rock Preserve
  18. Lovers Leap
  19. Oak Mountain State Park
  20. The Peanut Depot
  21. Pepper Place Saturday Market
  22. Red Mountain Park
  23. Regions Field
  24. Rickwood Field
  25. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
  26. Sloss Furnaces
  27. The Vulcan

My Birmingham List

It’s been a while, huh? I’ve been traveling all over the place since I moved to Birmingham, so I haven’t really had anything to blog about yet (unless you want to hear about being tired, cancelled flights, snowstorms and the like. But I bet you don’t, so we’ll skip that whole thing).

A friend and I got together last weekend for a trip to Moss Rock Preserve, and while sitting on one of the big boulders, we decided to start a list of touristy things we want to do while in Birmingham. I regret not seeing and doing more in Columbus, so this time, I want to make sure I see a much as I can. I promise to take pictures and share my experiences with you.

My Birmingham Bucket List:

  1. 16th Street Baptist Church
  2. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  4. Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  5. Alabama Theatre
  6. Aldridge Gardens
  7. American Village
  8. Avondale Brewery
  9. Birmingham Museum of Art
  10. Birmingham History Center
  11. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  12. Birmingham Railroad Park
  13. Birmingham Rights Heritage Trail
  14. Irondale Cafe
  15. Kelly Ingram Park
  16. Moonlight on the Mountain
  17. Moss Rock Preserve
  18. Lovers Leap
  19. Oak Mountain State Park
  20. The Peanut Depot
  21. Pepper Place Saturday Market
  22. Red Mountain Park
  23. Regions Field
  24. Rickwood Field
  25. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
  26. Sloss Furnaces
  27. The Vulcan

The Time Has Come

“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.
‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.
‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I definitely know the full meaning of the word bittersweet. I have been standing at the fork in the road for a few months now. Questioning what it was I wanted to do. I’ve never felt so pulled in opposite directions… these choices are the hard ones. On one hand, the past two and a half years have flown by. I’ve had a blast. I’ve made best friends in Ohio. I’ve learned a lot about an amazing city. On the other hand, I’ve missed being close to my family, missed the great state of Alabama and it’s weather, missed Auburn football and sweet tea.

So to make it short and sweet, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally made a decision…I’m moving back to Alabama! I’m packing up and moving to Birmingham in just a few weeks (I’m now a city girl, so this was the only real choice). I’ll get to see friends and family that I haven’t seen (or seen much of) in the past few years. I’ll make it to an Auburn game here and there. It’s going to be sweet. And the sweetest part? I’ll still be working for Kappa 🙂

So for the bitter part…I’m leaving fabulous friends in Columbus. I’m leaving people who would do anything in the world for me. I’m leaving people who I’ve spent the last two and a half years with. I’m leaving a city that I truly love.

It will be hard. It will be fun. It will be another learning experience. But I’m excited to start down this new path, open this new chapter, begin this different part of my life. I’m excited to have a bit of direction. And excited to have something new to blog about…

The Kick

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The Kick

As it turns out, I’ve always been an author. The Kick is a fabulous (and insanely thrilling) short story I wrote in first grade. It’s about a girl who puts her foot in the air and then back down. In addition to being a very creative great writer, I was quite the artist. My first grade teacher happens to live next door, and happened to be cleaning out her attic while I was home on vacation. Talk about lots of laughs!