Happy Valentine’s Day 8Unassisted Photo Tribute – 8 States of Rachel

From the heart, it is so incredible to have someone in life to share your passions, your experiences, your travel memories, and so much more. I am truly blessed to have such a person in my life – my wife Rachel. Rachel has attended baseball games, visited abandoned fields, listen to me go on and on about Ted Williams, and has generally been a really good sport in supporting my passion for writing and baseball. As a couple, we have visited many, many states together and plan on doing even more traveling as we age, together. Here is an 8Unassisted Photo tribute to my amazing wife, Rachel.

Chicago, Illinois – we took a tour of Wrigley Field, visited Navy Pier, the Bean, and had an amazing weekend in Chicago.

Memphis, Tennessee – I surprised her with Rob Thomas concert tickets at a Memphis Botanical Garden. General admission tickets, yes. However, when everyone took their seat, we shot right to the stage and stood about 10 feet from the bands. Very cool experience indeed. Little jealous, but I got through it.

Rockefeller Plaza, NYC – For many Christmas holidays prior to Covid-19 times, Rachel and I spent one weekend in NYC for Christmas. Shopping, star gazing, tree gazing, and walking the streets of Midtown Manhattan were just some of the fun things we did. I miss those trips and hope to return to that tradition in 2023.

Loon Mountain, NH – this picture was taken in a river stream just outside the busy resort area. Loon is certainly famous for its ski trails, but in the summer the walking trails and surrounding areas are just so beautiful to take in. Not pictured are Rookie and Nora having a blast splashing in the NH waters.

Martha’s Vineyard Ferry, MV – I love to sit outside on the deck whenever I travel on a ferry. Rachel typically does not, but will sit as long as she is not blown away by the wind and the water. This trip also featured a story I did on the Ocean State Waves vs Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, a trip to Sharkey’s Cantina, and a pretty decent sunburn.

Sam Adams Deck, Fenway Park, MA – Maroon 5 played a concert at Fenway Park and through the Red Sox Foundation, I was able to secure seats on the Sam Adams Deck to watch them with one of their biggest fans, my wife Rachel. Of course Adam Levine ripped off his shirt. I could have done the same but the effects would have been disgusting for the women up on the Sam Adams Deck, so I kept it on.

Cape Coral, FL – Just about every spring, Rachel and I would take my kids to visit their grandfather, who lived in Fort Myers Beach, FL. This was Rachel relaxing on the deck on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, soaking in temperatures about 40 degrees warmer than at home in Rhode Island.

Mystic Seaport, CT – Rachel and I spent an amazing day chatting and enjoying lunch with Babe Ruth’s Granddaughter Linda and her husband Andy. Two amazing individuals with a ton of stories to tell, right up my alley. Rachel and I just soaked it all in for nearly 3 hours and still stay in contact with the Tosettis to this day. Rachel, once again, sacrificing an afternoon to support me and my passion for baseball stories.

Happy Valentine’s Day Rachel. I love you and look forward to many, many adventures and experiences – together.

8Unassisted Life Experience Moments

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