Traveling to Phoenix for work feels surreal. It’s the city of my birth, yet it looks nothing like I remember. An electric light rail zips through the city, connecting the suburbs with downtown, and as a result a new Phoenix has risen. It is a place people seek out on weekends, wandering the streets, enjoying the cultural offerings, and sampling the local fare. The city and its suburbs are thriving, and welcoming visitors with open arms. Many travelers will arrive during the next month for the weather, but just as many will come for baseball and spring training.
We have reached the stopping point for our road trip to Cooperstown and are ready to explore. Cooperstown is a small village nestled along Lake Otsego in upstate New York. Most visitors arrive for the baseball tournaments that take place at the nearby Dreams Park for thirteen weeks each summer. Families congregate along the main street (aptly called Main Street) and filter in and out of the numerous baseball souvenir shops all day long. Thankfully, there is more to Cooperstown than baseball, you just have to know where to look.
This summer our family will be embarking on a favorite American pastime, the great summer road trip. We will travel from our home in Chicago to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. While this might not be at the top of everyone family’s bucket list, for a mom of three boys playing travel baseball, it’s pretty high on ours. We will be traveling with our twelve year old’s team to play other teams from around the country at the Cooperstown Dreams Park for a one week tournament. The players stay on site in barracks with their coaches and chaperones while parents and families stay off site. Many families will fly, but we have decided to undertake the 12 hour… [Read More]