I had bought tickets to fly from Portland to Atlanta to Dayton but the fire at O'Hare pushed our departure from Portland back 45 minutes, which was the exact amount of my layover in Atlanta. Shelly was able to reschedule a connector for her from Atlanta to Raleigh to see her daughter but I couldn't get another flight into Dayton. Luckily I was able to get a flight into Cincy, and since we were planning on seeing a game there on Saturday anyway, I just got us a hotel room and problem solved.
I got into the Cincy airport on time, where my daughter was waiting for me. We went back to the hotel, had a cocktail at the bar and then had pizza and beer in the room. The next morning we drove across the Ohio to park in Newport, KY to then walk across the bridge to the ballpark and see the Reds take on the Pirates in the next to last game of the season.
|Crossing from KY to Cincy looking NE up the Ohio.|
|Some Cincy skyline and Reds history banners outside the park|
|Directly across the ballpark|
The Reds really had nothing to play for but the Pirates still had a chance to win the division. Unfortunately the ballpark was half full and frankly rather lifeless. I ordered tix that would give us a view of the game but also of the riverfront behind the ballpark. I guess I should've consulted a sun chart because the bright sun that day was directly in our faces.
|Dad and daughter|
|And Wes using the '14 Reds team photo as a visor|
|From our seats, right above home plate|
|From the top of our section in the shade, which made for a better photo|
So we watched a few innings from our seats but then retreated to the overhang and concourse to walk around, see the park and game from different angles. In the end the Reds dashed the Pirates' hopes of a division title.
We subsequently walked across the bridge, taking pictures of the Roebling Bridge and back at the skyline and stadiums lining the river.
|Statue of a fullsize paddle wheel in the park along the river behind the ballpark|
|The bridge we walked across with paddlewheel boats|
|Back at the skyline at from L to R football, baseball and arena|
|Even better skyline shot and sporting venues|
On the concourse of the arena was a statue of a pig wearing a hockey helmet and carrying a stick, despite the fact that the ECHL franchise that plays there is called the Cyclones. RJ, do you know of an earlier franchise there that would explain the pig?
Once across the bridge went to the Hofbrauhaus, an authentic German bierhaus, where we had arguably the best time of the weekend. The atmosphere, food and especially beer were outstanding.
I would like to go again sometime and spend more time downtown, including WKRP.