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July 4th In Cincinnati; Fireworks, baseball and fun

July 8, 2014

CAM00688This is the third game of the challenge. I watched the Indians and Angels last year as well as the Indians and Blue Jays.

I rode the bus to Cincinnati for two reasons. From Athens it’s only ten dollars and there is not a lot of parking in Newport Kentucky where I stayed. The bonus is the Greyhound Station in Cincy has a casino next to it.

We went into the casino and wandered a bit before deciding to play the slot machines. I won 53 dollars on my third or fourth play and quit. Nice to have a little extra spending money for the weekend.

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Like I mentioned earlier, we stayed at the Comfort Suites in Newport. It was a nice hotel with a great view of the river and downtown. Another cool feature was the Newport trolley bus ran right next to it. We traveled all over the greater Cincinnati area for a dollar a trip. Very handy and clean plus interesting fellow riders.

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The Newport Aquarium was right down the street as well. We checked that out and it was amazing. The fish and sharks and alligators all were very impressive and well worth the visit. It would have been a cool trip if it was the only thing we did there.

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The game itself was a blast. The Reds played the Brewers and won 4-2. Billy Hamilton hit a home run and made a nice leaping catch as well. The Reds did a really nice job of recognizing local servicemen and women before and during the game.

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The post game fireworks show was awesome. Lots of color and excitement right over the Ohio River.

My only gripe about the trip was how difficult it was to get out of the park. One escalator for a large group of people leads to trouble. And the post game traffic was also pretty intense. Luckily we could walk back to our hotel.

On the whole, we had a great time and look forward to another visit here.

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