Days 41 -- 45 (31 July through 3 August) Milford, NY
Friday July 31 we left Watkins Glen at 9:15 am and drove 132 miles to Milford, NY (near Cooperstown with Baseball Hall of Fame). We arrived at our RV Park at 1:25 pm, setup and drove around Cooperstown. The town has very narrow streets with a few, very expensive parking spots. Fortunately, the town has a trolley that runs between three parking lots at the edges of town to the Baseball Hall of Fame and other places in town.
We went into town to see the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Brian was most interested in the Randy Johnson displays as he was inducted in the class of 2015, the weekend before we arrived. Johnson was a dominating pitcher with many performance records and he was the lead Diamondbacks pitcher when they won the World Series in 2001.
We found a very nice 18 hole mini-golf course not far from the RV Park and we played twice during our stay; Brian won both rounds.
Cooperstown Dreams Park (all pictures are provided by the Dream Park website)
The mini-golf course was adjacent to Cooperstown Dreams Park—a complex of 22 baseball diamonds that are used by teams composed of young players:
“Promoting a high caliber of play, players twelve years and under, experience the purity of baseball as it was meant to be played!”
There are thirteen weeks of baseball tournaments for youth teams from around the country and the world. The teams pay a fee for admission and must provide their own transportation. Teams are housed in barracks at the facility. Each team has at least eleven players, two coaches and an umpire.
The week we were visiting Cooperstown, there were 104 teams involved a weekly tournament. Each team is guaranteed to play at least seven games, weather permitting, before the final eliminations begin. The teams were from across the United States, including a team from Hawaii, and one from Canada. A team from Nevada played a team from Virginia and the Virginia team won the championship.