It was a phenomenal sports trip, but to label it just a sports trip would do it an incredible injustice.
2 MLB games. 2 NCAAF games. 2 rounds of golf. 7 states. 1 very improbable and exciting sprint onto Notre Dame Stadium’s field.
If you believe me, let’s just say I had a 5th degree of separation connection with the security guard. If you don’t, Touchdown Jesus opened the gate.
I used to love the smell of arriving in a downtown, but twice this trip I stepped outside and smelled nothing but weed.
This trip had about eight iterations. Notre Dame was never supposed to be included, but a little birdie convinced me I should go.
As a father, I feel that my main role is to introduce my kids to the world. Not MY world. THE world.
My son said he didn’t want to wear a Penn State shirt to the game because he isn’t a Penn State fan. Dad, that’s your team. That made me very proud.
I had never been to many of these places, so we got to explore them together with fresh eyes.
When you go to real places like rural Indiana, Detroit, or Cincinnati and just pay the slightest bit of attention, you’ll get a good feel for what’s going on.
Due to a road closure, we experienced a little more of rural Indiana during the midnight hour than I would have liked.
My PSU and Michigan two game parlay hit, so that was pretty cool.
I tried to make sure every day had at least one or two traditional kids activities. Looking at Pokémon cards, reading at the bookstore, chalk drawing, or riding the merry go round.
You better pay attention driving around Detroit. One wrong turn and you’ll be headed to Canada trying to make a U-Turn that doesn’t exist.
Michigan Stadium is wildly uncomfortable.
A history lesson is the literal backdrop to Comerica Park (the Detroit Tigers’ stadium).
I was $300 under budget for this trip, which never happens.
I always try to see at least one good buddy along the way, when possible.
Playing golf inside Indy Motor Speedway was a unique experience.
Purdue vs Penn State…started out as a pillow fight but turned into one hell of a game.
All of the gratitude in the world goes out to the ladies at the McDonalds in Memphis, Indiana, the security guard at Notre Dame Stadium, and the manager at Greyson Clothiers in downtown Detroit. The level of customer service we received was out of this world.
We pulled into downtown Detroit, and a few minutes later, a fireworks show broke out.
The Detroit pizza was good, but because I was absolutely ravenous, let’s call it phenomenal.
The best nachos were a toss up between the ones at Michigan Stadium and the ones at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Along the journey, we stayed at budget hotels. At the destination, we splurged.
At all of these different places, I remind my son that we are guests and that we are super lucky to be able to experience all that we do.
I had no idea what we were going to do on the way home. So last minute, we went to Cincinnati and watched the Reds play the Rockies.
There were glimpses of autumn all around. College football, the trees in northern Alabama, the 60 degree temperature as we departed Michigan.
This year we have done Boston, Memphis, Charlotte, New Orleans, Atlanta, and now Detroit. Which one was best?
I am just endlessly inspired by being on the road.
Have a great week.-Benj
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