I'm a bit bummed - I typed up a post yesterday about Day 1 but it somehow didn't get saved. I hate when that happens!!!
We started our trip flying a redeye Friday night (July 4th) from San Diego to Chicago, then from Chicago to Syracuse. Monica helped me out bigtime by driving us to the airport on the 4th. We checked in just befor 9pm for our 10:50p flight. We were about to go through security when one of the ticket agents caught us and said:wait before you go through security - it's time for the fireworks!" San Diego's airport is right near the bay, where thew shoot of fireworks. From in front of the terminal we could see four simultaneous displays, about 15 minutes worth, and we listened to the delayed echoes from each of the four sets of explosions. Way cool!!
The flights were pretty uneventful, although I always seem to be behind the guy who wants to recline his seat all the way... We got to Syracuse around 8:45am, picked up our rental car (be on the lookout for a white Ford Fusion) and started driving east towards Rome, NY and Granny's house. Along the way we stopped to look at the "World's Smallest Chapel
," which looks like an outhouse perched on a small dock in the middle of a tiny lake. Just room enough for bride, groom and a preacher.
Granny greeted us with open arms and fed us chicken and biscuits (yummy) and we caught up and visited (Gomez would say we "chatted"). The rest on Saturday was spent resting and recovering.
This morning, AJ and I got up with the sun and headed out to play the first course of TdR 2008: Oxbow Falls Park in Canastota, NY
. We played one round (no mulligans) - AJ shot 59 (+4) and I shot 52 (-3), so I am now the owner of Emeral Isle bagtag #4! I had three drop-in birdies, but three bogies. Oxbow is a fun course, very well-maintained except for needing some replacement tee signs. On the front nine I think I counted 5 left-to-right curve shots - I think the designer is a lefty or sidearmer. The fairways were well mowed but tight, and most holes had blind tee shots and most were either up or down hill. Actually, I think there were more uphill holes, but #18 was a very big downhill. I would recommend this course for those travelling through, but having a local guide and/or spotter will make the round go much faster - I had to hike up or down most fairways about half way to find the baskets. Hole #8 was a wierd short hole 90-degree right turn 60-70 ft. off the tee then a right to left curve sshot of 150 ft more. No way to go over the top - just a dink tee shot followed by a short approach. All-in-all though it was very pleasureable, a great way to start the disc golf portion of our trip.
After we returned to Granny's, Granny and her husband Harold treated us to a great meal at the Buffalohead Restaurant
in Forrestport, NY. AJ ordered a 24 oz. steak, which he will be finishing up for breakfast tomorrow. After a great drive home along bucolic country roads we hung out, watched TV and yakked. A great day!!!
Tomorrow mid-day we will hit the road, going east towards Vermont. We plan to play Hyzer Creek in Saratoga Springs, NY, and maybe one more course, depending on time. Tuesday morning's plan is the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour, which Katie has been looking forward to.
Tune in tomorrow!!!