A Father-Son Adventure
As many of you know, I am an avid fan of college athletics. Of the sports, football is my favorite. I love the traditions, the marching bands, the energy and excitement in the stands — Not to mention the tailgating!
One (of many) shared interests my father and I have is attending sporting events together. This year is a special one because we have three big (to us) games to attend. The first of these was last Thursday evening when Appalachian State traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee to face the University of Tennessee for the first time.
The stands were filled with over 103,000 fans of which only 4,000 were wearing black and gold (ASU colors). It was loud, it was fun and most of all, I was getting to spend quality father-son time with my Dad. These are the memories that will live on forever!
Here are a few pictures I wanted to share of our trip…
9:30 am as we were departing my parent’s house in Durham:
The Tennessee Band bringing their team out on the field in their famous T formation:
This is the running play where Appalachian State took the lead 7-0. They never trailed in regulation:
Leaving the stadium after an amazing game. Check out the sea of people leaving the stadium:
For those who did not see the game, Appalachian State was a 20 point underdog and led the game the whole way. Unfortunately, two missed kicks and a clock management mistake helped Tennessee take the game into overtime where they were able to win ultimately.
Regardless of the final score, Dad and I had a fantastic time. Appalachian was able to take the #9 ranked team in the nation to overtime.
When it was all said and done, we clocked 11 hours and 37 minutes of driving time (not counting stops for fuel, etc.) and we covered 724.7 miles round-trip. Beyond the long trip, it was a great time spent between father and son, spending quality time together and I would not trade it for anything!
Until the next trip!