Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Super Adventure: Spring Training 2011

Six days. Three games. Two trips to In-N-Out. One large canyon.

Every Christmas, in lieu of traditional holiday gifts, we plan adventures for our niece and nephews. Throughout the year, each one gives us a list of potential adventures. These are all local trips like the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, a baseball game, Art Institute of Chicago. Places like that. A few years ago, we decided that eighth grade was the cut-off. So, to celebrate the final adventure, we decided we would plan a Super Adventure. Based upon brief survey questions, we could wind up anywhere within the 48 contiguous states. Sorry Alaska and Hawaii.

This was the first year we had a Super Adventure to plan. Our oldest nephew wanted to be surprised. We think we accomplished that. He didn't find out where we were going, or what we were doing until we checked our bags at O'Hare and the woman said, "Enjoy your stay in Phoenix."

Yes, we planned a trip to see spring training in Arizona. Here's an extremely brief overview.

To kick things off on Friday, we hopped on a plane and headed for the southwest. Thanks to a Garmin Nuvi that spoke French and randomly planned routes to travel, we arrived at our hotel in Fountain Hills late that evening.

On Saturday, we made the trek to Surprise, Arizona to see the Chicago Cubs play the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. That facility is jointly operated by the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. The Cubs won. For dinner, we hit In-N-Out. Too bad we need to travel west for this stop.

Time to see the Cubs at home. On Sunday, we headed to Mesa to see the Cubs play the Colorado Rockies. Our nephew received an autographed baseball from former Cubs pitcher and Hall of Famer, Ferguson Jenkins. We also saw a fire in a concession stand. We also saw the Cubs having their cars packed up and shipped to Wrigley Field.

On Monday, we visited the Milwaukee Brewers facility in Phoenix to see the San Diego Padres and Brewers play. I need to write a separate blog about this game, but our nephew served as the batboy for the Padres. Yes, he was sitting in the dugout with the players. Very cool.

We had a non-baseball day on Tuesday and made the trek to the Grand Canyon. Honestly, I think this was hit favorite part of the trip. I can't argue. Unless you've been there, you have no idea how fascinating that place really is. For dinner, another stop at In-N-Out.

This morning, we grabbed breakfast and hung out for a few hours. Next, we hopped on a plane and came home.

What a great trip.

Tags:  Arizona, baseball
Sounds like a super time. Definitely a memorable last adventure for your nephew.
LGrant   Wednesday, March 30, 2011
And your bet about Tyler Colvin's Grandslam.
Brody   Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Oh yes. I'll be creating that Tyler Colvin shirt. I'll do my best to recreate that aardvark-looking Cubs logo.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Bill had the teams made their minor league assignments by this time? I am intersted in where Matt Hill with the Cubs was sent. Also, I would be interested in knowing where the Rockies sent the ACC Quarterbacks that they signed: Russell Wilson and Kyle Parker. If you know please post it.
BeanCounter37   Thursday, March 31, 2011
Bean, do you mean Matt Camp? If so, he'll be in Iowa at the AAA level in 2011.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, March 31, 2011
That sounds like one heck of a super adventure. Will you be my uncle?
SallyPants   Thursday, March 31, 2011
Sounds like an awesome trip.
girlcarew   Thursday, March 31, 2011
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