Wow! It's hard for me to believe that my trip is actually over or accept that I'm back in
the "real world" after the adventure of my lifetime (so far). I accomplished everything I set
out to, with fewer complications than I had any right to expect. The games were terrific, the
driving never got old or tiresome, and I saw more of this amazing country of ours than many
people see in a lifetime. Throw in the relatives and friends that I saw for the first time in
years and you've got my dream trip - and it really happened!
I hope you've had the time and inclination to have perused some of the ramblings and photos
on these pages. I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing and recounting them.
Finally, I'd like to say one more big "Thanks!" to the people who made all my fun possible:
My mom, who put together an
amazing compilation of names and addresses of relatives that I didn't know I had and turned my
trip into a class geography lesson for the preschool class she helps teach; everyone who took me
in for a night (or nights) along the way; my younger sister Diane, whose worldly adventures
provided me a bit of inspiration; the gang at work, who proved that I wasn't needed there as
much as I may have thought; mother nature for keeping the rains almost completely out of my path
(even though I had to endure some of the hottest days on record in notoriously hot Florida and
Texas); the six or seven teams that graciously provided me with free game tickets; and all the
Major Leaguers that provided me with an inordinate number of close, exciting games and a ton of
great baseball memories - baseball truly is "the great American pastime".