Every year my dad and I like to take one or two sports-watching road trips. This is usually just a weekend or less - but they are always an adventure.
This March we went down to Lexington, KY to watch my schools softball team play in a tournament against University of Kentucky and Southeastern Missouri State. I grew up playing softball, I work at my schools softball games, and I honestly just love the sport. Every father and daughter sports-watching road trip isn’t complete without two pictures. The first one being a pic of us in the car on the way down:
I was running on 3 hours of sleep and we were out of the house at 6:30am!
It is a road trip tradition of my families to always eat locally - so when my dad and I stopped to eat at Bob Evans for breakfast in Florence, KY my mom wasn’t too happy. But we were so hungry it just tasted so good!
From there, we went straight to the stadium and watched Ohio University (my school) play their first two games - they did lose but definitely held their own, especially against UK. After that we took a nap for a bit and then got ready to go eat and shop a bit - I needed khakis for work and my dad needed work-casual shoes. Quick side note - I got SO burnt during those two games earlier. It could have been the sun or the wind, but man, my face was a tomato.
Anyways, I had one of the best meals I have ever had that night. We ate at Winchell’s and I got the Makers Mark Marinated Pork Chops (two grilled pork chops the size of my hand). Now, because I’m new and it’s not always on my mind yet, I didn’t save a picture of the meal :(. But man, I can’t recommend this place enough. They were packed but the service was still great, the food was amazing, and the environment was just really cool and inviting. I would say it's like a sports bar meets restaurant with high end southern style food. If you are ever in Lexington, KY you definitely need to give this place a visit! You can check out their website/menu here.
The next day we got up a bit early to make it to Ohio’s first game. We didn’t have breakfast any place fun because our hotel had a free hot breakfast, and who doesn’t love free food? *Shrugs*. Ohio played really well the first game and took home a W. They played their second game later on in the day and we just couldn’t stay for that because we had to get home. During this game we got a chance to take the second picture that will complete a father daughter sports-watching road trip: a picture in our seats.
On our way back we were getting really hungry around lunch time and I was craving pizza. We were close to passing through Cincinnati so we figured that was a good place to stop. We ended up getting pizza at Brooklyn Pizza and Pasta in Montgomery, OH. It was so good. And it was locally owned so it fit the rules! If you are ever in the area you should check them out - click here for the website/menu.
Overall, I had a great weekend. I love that my dad and I get to do this, we always have so much fun. I also just really enjoyed the city of Lexington and would love to go back someday or maybe even live there for a bit!
Have you ever been to Lexington? What are your favorite spots there? Let me know in the comments!