Saturday, April 20, 2013

Walking Around the Stadium

(Hoover, AL) Hi 62 Lo 38 – Brrrrr, it got cold last night. I think we should have stayed in Florida just a bit longer. We’re getting used to the time change to central time. I guess it really doesn't make any difference, we don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time anyway.

We’re back to our normal morning routine of coffee and computers. Then we went for a walk. There was something going on in the stadium parking lot all morning, but we couldn’t figure out why the traffic was so heavy. We walked over to find out and talked to someone at the fire truck.
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Today was the annual county hazmat drop off day. Hoover County residents can drop off paint, chemicals, and any other hazardous materials for disposal. There was a line of traffic coming in from 8am to noon.
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Cars would drive up, quickly drop off their materials, then do a u-turn and exit the way they came. It was an un-ending procession of cars.
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The line of traffic stretched from stadium parking lot all the way down the road about mile.
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It was windy and chilly during our walk around Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. A walk around the perimeter of the surrounding parking lots is about 1.6 miles.
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We snuck through an open gate to get some photos of the inside.
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It's really a pretty ballpark. It was the home of the Birmingham Barons minor league team until this season. Jim can't understand why they spent all that money to build a new ballpark downtown when this one is so nice. Plus, the new one holds 2,000 fewer fans (8,000 vs 10,000). Apparently the stadium is now used for college games, Hoover High School Football, and can be rented for events.
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There were workers doing a lot of power washing. The Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament is in May, so they're getting the facility spiffed up.

We found a path that led through the woods around the outfield wall. Here's a view through the trees.
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The path is about a quarter of a mile long and quite hilly.
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The path came out right to the edge of the RV park.
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We came back, ate some lunch and then went out to see what’s around the area, including a stop at Walmart for some much needed groceries. We don’t like going on weekends, but we needed some things right away, like milk. There's a huge, high class mall nearby (it has the word 'Galleria' in the name, so it must be fancy). We were going to check it out, but the parking was so full and the traffic so bad we  gave up. We're retired, we don't need that kind of stress. :)

Jim watched the Cardinals game and I crocheted and got in the chatroom during the evening.

2 comments:

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

We know how you feel. We a rein Resaca, Ga and it was cold last night!

Jim and Sandie said...

If it's brr cold - you definitely left too early. I'm glad to see so many folks taking advantage of the hazmat disposal. We also try to stay away from stores on the week-end. Way too many people.