Bowling in Charlotte

Mike and I hadn’t been to a bowl game since the Liberty Bowl back in college (that one will definitely live in infamy).  We wanted to go to the Orange Bowl in 2006 but it wasn’t possible.  So when the Belk Bowl came around this season, traveling to Charlotte definitely came into discussion.  And well… we went to Charlotte.

It was a long drive there.  A long drive back.  But the good time we had was well worth it!

Charlotte in December

Charlotte in December

A little tunnel vision on I-40.

While I was excited about the game, about Coach Strong, about the big Louisville party at the Epicenter and the possibility of shaking Omawarisan‘s hand (which totally happened!), I was most excited about walking through Uptown Charlotte.  I haven’t been to a new city with my camera in a while.  The morning started out with the worst rain.  But the skies lightened and even though the wind blew, we went for a photo walk.   (I was excited.  The children in our company were not.  I can’t blame them… but I love that I got what I wanted.)

Charlotte in December

Charlotte in December

Charlotte in December

Charlotte in December
The Bank of America Stadium – the battlefield!

Charlotte in December

Charlotte in December

I had to snap it.  A self-portrait opportunity in street art.  It’s completely necessary.

The night of the game was a blast.  We walked the path with all the kids games.  We visited with the hubs’ co-workers and had our picture taken with the over-sized Charlie Strong head.  (Thanks Paula!)  We enjoyed the Chris Daughtry concert before the game.  There was so much excitement when we took our seats.  The stadium was a sea of red – you couldn’t tell where Louisville ended and where NC State began.

Well, you could when the cheering started.  We were severely outnumbered.  Severely.  But we cheered our butts off, tried to stay warm, yelled at the refs… and we left with our heads hanging.  We lost.  The walk back to the hotel was very cold and very long.  It was a sad walk.  The drive home wasn’t fantastic either.  But, all in all, it was a great trip.  The only thing that would have made it better was a W.  But you can’t win them all.

@ the Belk Bowl

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January 10, 2012 - 8:07 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Brooke, hope this isn’t the only fantabulous road trip you take in 2012….hint, hint. Love all the photos but the self portrait is my favorite.

January 10, 2012 - 9:54 am

katie o. - So that’s what Charlotte looks like? HA! I’ve only sold a station in that market for 7 years…:)
Looks like you had a blast.

January 11, 2012 - 9:03 am

omawarisan - It was so cool to get to meet you. Sorry it was so brief, please come back when I can stay longer! I promise not to be all bandaged up next time.

January 17, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Melissa - ha! I love that town… and your self portrait. go check mine out in the exact same awesome mirrored statue ( http://melissagay.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/my-amazing-last-day-in-charlotte-nc/ )

glad yall had fun!

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