Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

The Storm play here at the Diamond

Great ballpark

I love ballparks

Down the left field line

Warming up. Richard in foreground


Niece Tammy keeping score

A fuzzy DJ. Photographer error

Lets go Roughriders

Captain Richard in foreground


Big number 26

Bryna and Malik



David and Tammy first two on right and their crew

I checked, we have not seen rain in over a month and not since we got to California. Well yesterday we had a raining cool day. But that didn't stop us from having fun. The day started with us sleeping in until 9:30. We can't remember when we last did that. No travel and the camper was off the truck. After lazying around we took a walk but it started to rain again so we opted for the big honkin' dually and drove around Lake Elsimore. I read that there was a minor league baseball team here and the stadium was on our circuit. As Shirley is want to do she sat in the car and I headed into the team offices and was greeted with great enthusiasm by the staff. They let me take pictures and I have never seen a Class A ballpark that was this nice. We had a great time chatting about minor and major league baseball. I found out the Storm is in the California League and is an advanced A level, long season team. This opposed to short season A level ball that is played in the NYP League of which the Batavia Muckdogs are part. You may remember Shirley and I lived in Batavia NY with our two daughters from '73-86. The big thrill of the day (if that wasn't enough) was visiting with my niece Tammy, her husband David and 8 of their 9 kids! Richard is a star football player (and Captain) at the California Military Institute so we went to his game. The Roughriders won 44-0 and not only did he play every down on both sides of the ball but he kicked off and was the deep back on kick offs. Until they took the starters out Richard played every down. Oh I should mention proudly Richard scored 4 touchdowns. It was a bit chilly and we were wrapped up as much as we could be but Shirley was still a tad cold. Football is a family affair. Tammy is the cheer coach for CMI, her daughter DJ is co-captain of the squad. David was one of 3 manning the chains. Tammy also was keeping score on her cell phone which provides instant updates to a website for high school football. After the game we all went to dinner (13 of us). They put tables together at Denny's to accommodate this huge group. We had a great time visiting and getting to know Tammy and her family better. Thanks Tammy for an EXCELLENT evening (hope I got the captions right). Enjoy the pics.

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