Saturday, June 20, 2009

2009 East Coast Trip - Day 2 - Cooperstown

After a very late night, I slept until after 9:30 a.m. Eventually, I went out for a 5.5 mile run on the County Road 8. Getting cleaned up, I went drove past the Cooperstown Dream Park and into Cooperstown for lunch.

I spend some time wandering downtown Cooperstown. I ended up sitting at the bar in the Doubleday Cafe for lunch. I got a kick of their t-shirts; the slogan on the back is “A Drinking Town with a Baseball Problem.” At this point, it started to rain pretty hard outside so I lingered over my lunch and a couple of beers. I talked to Sharon in Chicago; She is winding her way east today.

When the rain stopped, I wandered down to the Baseball Hall of Fame. I spent some of time exploring; I am hopeful that we will get a chance to bring the team to the museum later in the week. I went to Doubleday Field next.

At this point, I headed back to the Cooperstown Dream Park. The opening ceremonies were scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the skills competitions to follow. It was raining steadily at this point. Meeting up with the rest of the Gunners parents, I spent an hour plus in the stands in the pouring rain waiting for the opening ceremonies to start. Just about the time I was completely soaked, they announced that the opening ceremonies would be rescheduled for Sunday morning and the skills competitions rescheduled for Wednesday morning.

After a quick stop at the house for some dry clothes, I headed to Albany to pick up Sharon. It is a little over an hour drive back to the airport; it poured the whole way. Somehow in the chaos of Friday night, one of the coach’s bags got left at the airport. As a result, the team was glad was going back to the airport so I could pick up the bag.

Collecting Sharon, we stopped and had a late dinner at the Reel Seafood Company in Albany. By the time, we got back to the house and settled in it was about 12:30 a.m.; another late night.

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