Birmingham & Auburn (WAR EAGLE), AL. 21-23 Sep 2012
We arrived in Birmingham, Alabama Friday afternoon to our good friend Charlie’s house. Charlie was anxiously awaiting our arrival in his driveway as we pulled up. He gave us a quick overview of the shenanigans he had planned for us for the weekend before we headed out for the fun.
Friday night Charlie took us to his older sister’s house where we had a delicious BBQ with his entire family, who are all just as fun and entertaining as Charlie is. After dinner we departed to downtown Birmingham to a local brewery called Avondale Brewing Company where we ordered a flight which included samples of all the beers they brew. The brewery interestingly enough was once located next to Birmingham’s old zoo which housed the world’s largest elephant, her name was Ms. Fancy, which is the name of one of their best selling beers. After a few beers at Avondale we changed locations to a bar where Charlie’s friends band was playing. The rest of the night was spent listening to great live music and sipping on our favorite drink, pickle backs (whiskey chased with pickle juice…don’t judge, it’s delicious).
After just a few hours of sleep we woke up early on Saturday morning and headed to Auburn for the Auburn/LSU football game. Jeremy had never been to a college football game and more importantly he had never tailgated at a college sporting event. Tailgating at Auburn is not just something people do once a week, it’s an entire culture. People travel from all over in their motor homes and camp out the night before. Most people come equipped with satellite dishes, flat screen tv’s and enough food to feed a small army, which is what the Auburn community could easily be described as. We tailgated for about 6 hours before the game, which could be considered an endurance sport of itself. We were lucky enough to score free tickets thanks to Charlie’s brother-in-law and headed into the game to experience all of the pre-game traditions, including the release of the War Eagle and the marching band routine. The game was one of the best games any of us had ever seen. Auburn lost by only 2 points which was unfortunate, but it was such an exciting game. After the game we headed home completely exhausted.
We woke up the next morning and headed back to Birmingham. We stopped on our way back at the Waffle House so Jeremy could experience some of this country’s best hangover food. Once we were back in Birmingham we packed Rusty back up, said our goodbyes to Charlie and his family and were back on the road to Florida! WAR EAGLE!