Where did this summer go?
As I write this – on Labor Day (and it will publish sometime the morning of Tuesday) – I look back and it seems like the summer just started.
And, like that, it was gone.
Don’t get me wrong, it was one heck of an action-packed summer. And, technically, the summer is still here. Officially, it doesn’t change until September 23. And with the heat wave we’ve been getting (seriously, now it turns to summer?), it definitely doesn’t feel like the fall is anywhere near coming.
Anyway, I always figure the summer ends when schools are starting, kids are getting back to that routine, fall sports are underway and colleges are back in session.
All of that takes the quietness out of the smaller towns.
It’s also a good time to look back on the summer, at least in a shorter way. At some point, once I get back into the full flow of blogging, I’ll go a little more in-depth about things. But the summer overall was pretty fun.
Here’s a few items from the summer that stick out:
This was an interesting year for softball. It started without knowing if we’d even have a league to play in. Turns out we did. The regular season went OK as we only lost two times. Unfortunately, it was to the same team. And that team is our biggest rival. What that meant was we were the No. 2 seed. No biggie. In the first round, we played the No. 3 seed, winning the first and losing the second. We came out swinging in the third game and moved on to the final, once again to face our top rival.
We’ve faced this team in the playoffs the past two years. Each time, the team that won the first game of the best-of-three series ended up losing. The rival team came in unbeaten (much like us last year). We won the first game and lost the second one to open this year’s final. We held a lead late in the third game and ended up scoring six runs in the top of the seventh to open an eight-run lead. That seemed to be the big moment in the game as we held on to earn our second straight title and fourth in six years. This one was really a fun one to win, though.
I had the chance to do a little traveling this summer, though not as much as I would have liked. There were a few weekend trips I was hoping to take that I never did get to go on. I also really wanted to visit a few more New York State parks, but it didn’t end up happening, unfortunately.
My big trip was out to Seattle. This was mainly a geocaching trip as three of us went out for the final Geocaching Block Party. It was a fun experience. I think Seattle would be a fun trip on its own, so maybe one day I’ll get back out to the Pacific Northwest. I will definitely have some posts on this.
I also went to Maryland in May for Geowoodstock, which was fun. Other trips were based on baseball travels (see below about that), but those trips usually meant adding a few fun stops at places I might never have ever thought about going to (such as the Pez factory). What I truly need to do is sit down and just take a nice rainy day and write a dozen or so blog posts about some of these items and schedule them to run. That way, they are there. Of course, that means I need a rainy day off!
This was the second straight Summer of Baseball. And, as of this writing, I’ve seen 29 professional games (minor and major) in 24 different stadiums. I have plans to hit at least three more games (minor league playoffs), weather pending, so I’ll hopefully have seen more than 30 games by the time it’s over this year.
Seeing all of the different stadiums has been a lot of fun, and I’ll slowly be doing reviews of many of those stadiums throughout the fall. Once again, I just have to gather my thoughts. Unfortunately, during the summer, I just don’t get the blog gusto like other times of the year. I’ll be writing about them all soon, though.
I am sure I’ve missed some things here. I haven’t had the chance to play as many board games as I’d like, but that’s because I’ve been gone or going to games for many of the weekends. But as the fall comes and the weekends become less busy, hopefully I’ll get to jump back into playing some games.
In the world of photography, I’ve had my camera out some, but not as much as I’d like. I don’t usually take it into games with me because it would just be something more I have to carry in with me. Maybe I’ll start doing that over time, but I truly do like keeping a scorebook during a game, so a lot of times the iPhone is the best way for me to capture the scenes at a stadium.
So, overall, this wasn’t a bad summer. The weather was decent, for the most part, which is always a nice thing.
How about you? How was your summer? Did it go by too fast? Or was it just right?
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