Turner Field

I don’t know if it’s obvious, but we’re a baseball family. So of course, when planning our vacation, we had to figure out a way to visit a ballpark we had never been to before. Going to Atlanta was barely out of the way to Charleston, so we decided that we’d take in a Braves game at Turner Field while we were on the road!


Our seats were OK…we were more interested in seeing the whole park than where we were sitting, which is why we went for the super-cheap outfield seats, instead of our preferred spot behind home plate or along the baselines. We were shocked at how few fans were at the ballpark!


The best part of visiting a new ballpark (for me at least) is seeing what is unique to that location. In Atlanta, this includes a lot of Delta sponsorship, Waffle House, and references to Hank Aaron everywhere!

And the giant drum that leads the infamous Tomahawk Chop!


There were plenty of opportunities for family photos, as well:

We also enjoyed walking around “Monument Grove:”

And seeing the different views from different places in the ballpark:



And one last tribute to Hank Aaron in the parking lot:


I don’t think I’d ever care to go back to Atlanta (the traffic was a nightmare!), but I’m glad to say I’ve been to yet another Major League ballpark!

Markel Family Summer Vacation–Day Three

We were up (not) bright and early on day three of our summer vacation to head to Atlanta for a Braves game. Going through Chattanooga, I discovered that I’m terrified of driving through mountains, even small ones, especially when there are runaway truck ramps on the side of the road!


I also learned that the traffic in Atlanta is horrendous, the name “Hotlanta” is well-deserved, and there is an appalling lack of Braves fans at Turner Field. It was still fun seeing a new ball park, however, and Chickadee loved that the Chick-fil-A cow did the Tomahawk Chop with the crowd!


After the game, it was time to get back in the car, and head to our featured destination, Charleston, SC. It seemed like we’d never get there, but we finally arrived at our hotel, and even had time for a quick swim in the hotel pool before crashing!