Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tripleheader Saturday.

For Part 1 of our weekend, click here!

Saturday, we got up early (as I tend to do when I'm on vacation for some reason...).  We were going to hit up the free breakfast at our hotel, but there was a SWARM of pre-teen girls and their mothers there for some conference that were taking up the entire lobby.  Plus, the food we did manage to get to wasn't great.  Fortunately, we had a Cracker Barrel next door that was more than welcoming.  :)

After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and headed to the Durham Farmer's Market.
It was bigger than I thought it would be.  There were a ton of people there peddling their crafts, vegetables, and flowers.  Oh wow-- flowers galore!  I wanted them all but knew they'd die sitting in my car all day.  I had brought a cooler for any food we bought but not flowers.
I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more fruit, especially given that it's the season for it.  But oh well. We did see a bunch of food trucks, but of course, we had already eaten, so we didn't stop.

After the Farmer's Market, we went to the Duke Gardens.  I had never been to the gardens-- I mean, it was in the heart of enemy territory, aka Duke University, when I lived nearby...  But it was so beautiful!  It's 55 acres of gardens in the middle of the university.  It reminded me of the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens that we went to for our anniversary last year.  Fortunately, the weather was MUCH better this time around.  :)

After we left the gardens, we made a quick pit stop at Starbucks then made our way to Chapel Hill for our first baseball game of the day!
One of my favorite things about Chapel Hill is how everything is
Carolina blue.  Even the trash bags.  :)
George Steinbrenner's daughter went to UNC, and the family is
a big supporter of Carolina baseball!
Play ball!
Donny knows how to dress appropriately for Carolina sports.
Carolina won easily, which was expected.  I got sunburned, which was also expected.  The new Boshamer Stadium was beautiful, and we had a blast.  We did have to leave before the game ended to get to our second game of the day at the Durham Bulls stadium.
We had already purchased our tickets to the 5pm game, but due to Friday's rainout, they had a doubleheader of two 7-inning games.  So, of course, we stayed to see some of the third game too.  Wil Myers is the #1 prospect of the Tampa Bay Rays (the MLB team for which Durham is an affiliate).  As it turns out, Wil went to my high school!  He was several years behind me, so I don't remember him at all, but it was a lot of fun to see someone from my tiny Christian school playing professional baseball!
So there you have it-- the day we went to three baseball games and lived to tell about it.  Fortunately for us, we had Sunday at home to rest and recover before Monday morning came!  We needed it...

Helene in Between


  1. Looks like a fun trip! Those gardens are beautiful!

  2. what a great trip! those flowers are gorgeous and make me so happy for spring!!

  3. This is hands down what I would call a "perfect day"

  4. Ah, I just love photographing flowers! I especially love the first few photos, wow, I wouldn`t have been able to resist those!

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  5. Three baseball games in one day?! I can barely handle one but good for you girl! Those gardens are absolutely beautiful.. Love all the tulips!

  6. Wow what a day! The gardens are definitely gorgeous and I think a trip to North Carolina will be in the cards for us (eventually)! Also looks like you got your fill of baseball :P

  7. Yeah, I would agree.... seriously a great day!

  8. You go girl - 3 games in one day?!? I've done multiple games in a weekend stint but not in one day.

  9. Totally fun about the guy from your high school!! And I love that red bridge at the gardens.