Since CenturyLink Field , the home of the Seattle Seahawks, is nearby, I thought we should make this a real experience for Sophie (and yes, for me) and take the Cougar for a birthday tailgate.
Sally Ann, Sophie and I loaded our Dometic Portable/Refrigerator Freezer with our tailgating spread and headed to see Sophie’s new favorite team.
There’s some construction going on at CenturyLink field, so we were unable to park where RVs usually gather for the pre-game festivities, but we were able to park right in the shadow of the stadium…for $100. It didn’t take long for Sally Ann and Sophie to get tired of listening to me lament about the old days of parking at high school football games for $1. However, the opportunity to gather around fellow football fans and RV enthusiasts was worth every penny.
Sally Ann was a little worried the tailgating area would be a little, as she put it, “rough and rowdy.” We were lucky to find an area where several other families had pitched their temporary camps. The couple next to us was longtime RV travelers and had been tailgating at Seahawks games since the late 70s, just after the Seahawks became an expansion team in the NFL. When they found out we were there celebrating Sophie’s birthday, they gave us a stuffed Seahawk plushie for Sophie. They would have given it to her themselves, but Sophie had taken all of 30 seconds once we arrived to find some other kids to toss around the football and generally run wild all around the RV area.
We finally slowed Sophie down long enough for her to devour about half a hamburger before she wanted to play again with the group she’d met earlier. I’ve told you before that I’m no chef, but hamburgers are my specialty. No tailgate event is really underway until the smoke from the burgers begins to permeate the parking lot. We gave Sophie the stuffed animal our neighbors passed along to her. Her response was a “that’s nice”, and we guided her to kindly thank the couple for the present. I was a little perplexed. I thought she would love having a toy mascot of her newfound favorite football team.
As we went into the stadium for the kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks, I noticed that as soon as Tony Romo, the Dallas quarterback, ran onto the field, Sophie was standing and cheering. Sally Ann and I were mortified. I’m sure the people around us thought we were terrible fans… and worse parents!
I asked Sophie why she was cheering for the “other” team. She said, “I never said the Seahawks were my favorite. I like Dallas. That boy #9 (meaning Romo) is cute!” She had apparently seen him on TV recently and was excited that he was coming to town. She failed to share that little nugget of information with her parents.
Sally Ann and I couldn’t help but laugh. We enjoyed the game and the fans in our section were luckily good-natured enough to encourage Sophie to keep cheering for “that boy” even though they were rooting hard for the home team.
After the game, we made our way back to the Cougar while Sophie smiled all the way. She said “it was her best birthday ever.” That was worth the $100 parking fee. And more.
By the way, this is also a birthday of sorts for this blog. It was September 2011 when the good folks at RV.com first allowed me to share my experiences with you. Let me know about some of your tailgating experiences in your RV this football season, and maybe I will share them right here!
Catch ya next time!
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