Into the Work a Little Fun Must Come

April 30, 2016 (by Angela)

Jim’s been working pretty hard, and I stayed quite busy myself the first quarter of the year. The last six weeks has found both of us taking care of business matters and home chores in addition to work and caring for family. It is important to take time for a bit of fun. You may have read about our adventure to the Casey Jones Village and Museum here.  In addition to this, Jim and I have taken time each of the last three weeks to do something to make us smile.

On April 16th, we loaded up the dog and went over to Shiloh National Battlefield Park; there are lots of wonderful opportunities for walking, and we decided to hike the Indian Mounds trail. With hiking boots on, skin covered by sunscreen and bug spray, and with water bottles and camera in hand, we began our trek.

Hiking boots on and ready

Hiking boots on and ready

Jim and Chewie at the Shiloh Indian Mound Historic Site Center

Jim and Chewie at the Shiloh Indian Mound Historic Site Center

The three of us meandered along the trail and around the mounds, reading the information shared at various sites, finally reaching the largest mound, which overlooks the Tennessee River.

One of the several informative signs along our path

One of the several informative signs along our path

Passing one of the smaller mounds

Passing one of the smaller mounds

Atop the largest mound, looking across it toward the Tennessee River

Atop the largest mound, looking across it toward the Tennessee River

The next weekend, we’d planned to make another hike on Saturday, but due to updates to the hospital’s system, Jim couldn’t work on Friday, so we hiked Pickwick Landing State Park that day since he’d have to work Saturday instead. It was another amazingly beautiful day.

And we're off - Chewie nearly got the jump on a squirrel

And we’re off – Chewie nearly got the jump on a squirrel

We wandered pass the Marina

We wandered past the marina.

Along the way, we had a great view of Pickwick Dam.

Along the way, we had a great view of Pickwick Dam.

and past a grave yard in the park

Walking past a grave yard in the park

Hike done, we head home. That's me in the mirror.

Hike done, we head home. That’s me in the mirror.

This week, we had planned to go to Jackson, Tennessee, to see the AA Minor League Farm Team for the Mariners, the Jackson Generals, play baseball. Lucky for us, the night we planned to go, which was Thursday $1 night, the weather not only cooperated with no rain, it was also the perfect night to watch a game.

Outside the stadium

Outside the stadium

Yep, $1 per person admission.

Yep, $1 per person admission.

I still haven’t wrapped my head around the fact that the Jackson Generals, both city and team namesakes of one of the former presidents from Tennessee, have as their mascot a bull dog named Sarge. Can anyone explain this to me?

Jim with Sarge - Do you think they look like brothers?

Jim with Sarge – Do you think they look like brothers?

The ball game experience was a ton of fun on a cheesy level that had moments of excitement; there were two or three praise-worthy double plays. The loss by the BayBears to the Generals was in great part due to the fact that the BayBears left the starting pitcher in way too long, so we saw the Generals with bases loaded many times.

Bases loaded often leads to several runs for the Generals.

Bases loaded often leads to several runs for the Generals.

We enjoyed the game while also enjoying an inexpensive supper of $1 hotdogs, popcorn, and sodas (beer also was $1). The Generals won 6 to 3. It was a nice date night.

What did our three weeks of fun dates cost us? Admission at the park and food and drink for all three outings combined was about $15, which included water for the hikes. The only other expense was our gas to get to our “fun time” location. Who says you have to break the bank to have a great time together? We sure don’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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