Friday, September 10, 2010

A Labor Day weekend trip to Orlando

For Labor Day weekend, Aaron and I drove down to Orlando to visit Aaron's brother, TJ, and his wife Tiffany, who were beginning there week-long vacation there. (sidenote- SO excited that Aaron's been able to be free on the weekends!)

We left mid-morning Saturday, stopped at the Chipotle in Gainesville for lunch, and arrived in Orlando in time to watch part of a football game with the Wichita Nixes. I knew there was a Husker watch group in Central Florida, and I thought it would be fun to see if they were meeting anywhere that we might be able to join them and watch the game, since it was on Fox Sports Net's Pay-Per-View. I'm glad I did - the Husker Alumni Association pointed me in the direction of the Pour House Bar and Grill, so I called them and asked if they were going to be showing the Husker game. The person who answered the phone answered "ABSOLUTELY! We'll be showing it on the big projection screen, too!" Aaron didn't believe me when I told he, TJ and Tiffany how enthusiastic she sounded, and despite being uncertain about what we were getting involved with, we headed to the Pour House to watch the game, expecting a small group of Huskers to be there.


Even before we entered the restaurant, we saw signs for the Husker watch party lining the parking lot, with arrows pointing to the pub. Cars with Florida license plates and Husker decals packed the lot, and as we neared the entrance, we saw a Central Florida Huskers sign displayed prominently. Even though it wasn't Memorial Stadium, it felt like home.

Emily and Aaron at Husker watch party

The restaurant was packed with Huskers. The organizer said he planned for about 100 people to show up, maximum, and the final count was closer to 250. People were turned away because the place was at capacity (and a family of Florida Gator fans left willingly), and it was so exciting to finally feel like we were back in in the company of people who "get us" and Husker football.

Huskers packed the Pour House

A great time was had by all, and it was fantastic to be able to watch the game. This is my first football season as a grad, and I missed Memorial terribly!

The weekend was restful and enjoyable, except for the smothering humidity. We did some shopping browsing Tiffany and I ran through the Mall at Millenia while Aaron and TJ waited for our table at dinner, we swam at the resort's pool, we played miniature golf at "The Best in Florida," and we ate lunch at the grossest place ever (which is another story for another day). We had a great time, and I wish we could have stayed longer and gone to a park or two while we were there. Thanks to TJ and Tiffany for letting us crash part of your vacation!

TJ and Tiffany at Husker watch party

Stocks at Pirates Cove

Aaron and TJ at Cypress Harbor pool

Do not feed the alligators at Marriott Cypress Harbor

us at Pirate's Cove

Paper peonies at Mall at Millenia

Tiffany, TJ, Aaron, Emily at Cheesecake Factory

1 comment:

Tiffany said...

A good time was had by all! Thank YOU both for driving to Orlando! :)