Have you ever taken a family vacation in which you’ve already been to the place before? Well, that was this trip- but inside of thinking “Are you serious,” I was psyched! Sure the trip was for my brother’s baseball tournament in Cooperstown Home of the All-American Game, New York. The experience was unforgettable. Well we left a week prior to the tournament because we were flying into Boston Logan Airport.
When I was two my parents had taken me to Boston and I fall in love with it. I think I was the only Miami girl who spoke like a Bostonian after the trip. This time we were there to show my brother the historical city and explore the rest of the New England states, as we made our way to upstate New York.
I can recall how ecstatic I was when the plane landed. For three days my family and I walked the breathtaking city of Boston. Not only was it great to be spending time with my family, it was so educational I was ahead of my class in U.S History.
Many may think being in car for so long must have been drastically boring. But unlike the views you get driving in Florida, the New England states are enchanting- the drive didn’t seem so long. The people in the Northeast are so different from those down south.
Their whole mentality, language, lifestyle, and values put others to shame. On our way we stopped in Salem, where the Witch-hunts occurred. Salem was one of my favorite places we visited.
Not only did it look historical and have an eerie feel, we met actual Witches-a real religion! We sat in on a seance, took tours, and walked through a hunted house. One of the tour guides-a witch himself-told us about some amazing chocolate chips cookies with fudge in the middle called Horribles. They were nowhere near horrible! I learned so much from my journey into the past in just one day.
When we finally reached our last destination we still had an entire week ahead of us. Cooperstown All-Star Village, the Driftwood Noles were there at last! We had rented a house about 5 miles from the ball field-where my brother and his teammates would be staying in the barracks. The house was down a very hilly road in the woods, where you could not get reception.
Our neighbors owned horses in which I would go and feed everyday after the games. The house had its very own vegetable garden that would attract all kinds of wildlife: deer, rabbits, bears, and otters. Down the road there was this young man about twenty that would sell fruits off the back of his pick-up, it reminded me of a real country music video.
It was so perfect! The first day at Cooperstown All-Star Village there was a BBQ for all the teams and parents to get to know each other and trade pins. Then the parents were allowed, the one time only, to help the boys settle into the barracks. From there on out it was game time. As you can probably tell, I am a true Baseball Sister. Boy did we dominate! No one would have expected us to be in the Championship game! But we were. Even though we didn’t take the cake, we came in second out of 62 teams from all across America, and we did beat all the other teams in the individual competitive games such as Roadrunner and Home Run Derby. The people I meet that worked at CASV were the nicest. I made a ton of new friends that I still talk to them today; they know me as Miami Girl! In Downtown Cooperstown we met and mingled with Cleet Boyer, ex-New York Yankee player who recently passed away. My Summer 2006 trip was a blast. I met exciting new people, traveled across the Northeast of the United States, hike for miles, watched my brother play in the championship game, and spend two weeks with my family-no interruptions! This is one trip I will remember forever and tell my grandkids about and that everyone should take. If you love to take adventures travel throughout the New England States and visit as many places as possible. And if you’re a baseball player, you definitely need to look into the once in a lifetime chance of playing in Cooperstown-Home to the greatest game on Earth. Family vacations do not have to be a drag!
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