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U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Eugene, Ore.

Tower Bridge

Timeline

2004 – I was graduating from high school and learned the city of London would be the host for the 2012 Olympic Games. I knew at that moment,ย  it would take a STRONG force to keep me from attending in 2012.

2011 – I was able to get tickets for an Olympic event through the CoSport lottery system. I believed the hard part was over, so I continued prepping for an EPIC adventure in one of my favorite cities!

2012 – I received the bad news from my husband that he would not be able to go due to his work commitments.

I couldn’t see the rationale in spending money we saved together without him, so I made him promise we could go to London whenever he had time off from work. Knowing I needed to still get my Olympic ‘fix’, I decided to hop in the car and drive five hours to the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Olympic Tickets

Olympic Tickets

The trials were an amazing experience. It felt good to be around other Track and Field enthusiasts, and I even saw my former track and field coaches from my college days.

Nike Billboard

Nike Billboard

The best event to watch during a competition is the men and women’s 400m run. I didn’t know it then (well I could have assumed it), but I was watching the Olympic Champion in the women’s 400m, Sanya Richards-Ross.

(Lane 5) Sanya Richards-Ross

(Lane 5) Sanya Richards-Ross

If you are ever on Interstate 5 and pass through Portland, Oregon, be sure to stop by the famous Voodoo Doughnuts. Whatever your doughnut palette desires can be found in this world-famous Portland establishment. My favorite cereal is Froot Loops, so this doughnut choice was an easy decision for me!

Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut

 

 

NCAA Final Four – New Orleans, LA

I was lucky to get my hands on a pair of tickets to the 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana. I felt like I died and gone to heaven when I received the phone call asking if I was interested. Well, yeah… of course I am interested! Jake, the hubs, was on deployment at the time and my fingers were crossed he would make it back it in time andย  lucky for us –ย  he did!

I bet you asked yourselfย  “how can this amazing situation be made better?” Well, I will tell you! I have been a Kentucky Wildcats fan since I was a child, so watching my favorite college basketball team win a national championship was one the most thrilling sport experiences I have ever witnessed.

National Champions

New Orleans is a beautiful French inspired city with a vibrant culture and tasty southern food. A must-have while in New Orleans are fried beignets covered in powdered sugar. Cafe Du Monde has the best beignets in town and they are available 24 hours a day.

Beignets

An episode of Swamp People can prepare your tummy for an afternoon snack. Be sure to stop by the Old French Market and grab some alligator meat.

Gator on a Stick