Fort Wayne, Indiana
Sunday, May 31, 2015 - Thursday, June 4, 2015
So, my first trip traveling with Jill while she was teaching since the Albuquerque debacle earlier this year. We headed out separately on Sunday morning; I had a flight from Binghamton through Philadelphia, Jill had a flight from Syracuse through Detroit. Both of us arrived in Fort Wayne just a few minutes apart from one another. Grabbed our luggage and rental car and off we went in search of some lunch!
Found a place called Scottys Brewhouse for lunch; good food, decent beer. Afterwards, headed to the Hampton Inn near Parkview Hospital, which would be our base of operations for the week. After getting settled there, went out to the store and grabbed dinner at The Lucky Moose, which didn't prove to be as good as Scotty's was earlier in the day.
Monday brought Jill's first day of class. During the day, I drove down to Parkview Field, which is in Downtown Fort Wayne, took some pics (the park is open during the day for walkers!), grabbed our seats for the game later that night, and perused the gift shop. Drove by the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum as well - home of the Fort Wayne Komets - before heading back to the hotel for the afternoon.
Monday evening we headed back to Parkview Field; parked in a lot across the street from the entrance. Got there a bit before gametime, so we stopped in at O'Reilly's Irish Bar for a drink before going in. Stadium was probably one of the nicest minor league ballparks we've been to; lots of seating areas to choose from, walk around concourse, decent concessions (including some gluten free options!). Stayed until the 7th inning stretch before calling it a night and going back to the hotel.
Tuesday I wandered a bit in Fort Wayne, had lunch at Bar 145, a new restaurant to the area in an old Outback Steakhouse building. Decent meal, good beers. Back to the hotel afterwards. In the evening we stopped at the Trolley Steaks and Seafood for a drink and appetizer before going to 800 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza. Had a great couple of pizzas there - one with a gluten free crust - and some libations. Back to the hotel after dinner.
Wednesday was our 10th (Vegas) Wedding Anniversary! (and the reason I tagged along :-) ) Jill taught during the day, then in the evening we went to downtown Fort Wayne to a really cool spot that Jill found - Club Soda. Really cool old building, great use of space, and great drinks and meal! After dinner, we walked over to a park nearby where there was food trucks and music, but the live band was on a break so we headed out; back to hotel to crash for the night.
Thursday brought with it my return home - working the ER on Friday and fire department on Saturday I needed to get home. Fort Wayne to Philly to Binghamton, home by 1:30 in the afternoon.