07.08.16 MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York – Part One

NB_HOF_logoFriday, July 8, 2016 – Today we visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame.   It is an American baseball history museum and hall of fame, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, and operated by private interests. It serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, displays baseball-related artifacts and exhibits, and honors those who have excelled in playing, managing, and serving the sport. The Hall’s motto is “Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations.” The word Cooperstown is often used instead of the longer name of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The town of Cooperstown is so much more than the Hall of Fame and Museum.  There are many other museums here, lots of shopping opportunities and the short drive from our RV park and back was amazingly 20160708_143015beautiful.  This is the first of three posts about the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Way to much to cover in one!  The pictures I chose show just a little part of the place.  So much history is covered and so many amazing players’ memorabilia are on display.

The second and third floors are the the museum and the first floor is the Hall of Fame.  Part one and two will cover the trolley ride there, second and third floors  Part two will cover the Hall of Fame. All of the photos in today’s blog post are clickable and will enlarge if you want to see something better. 20160708_142914

There are three trolley pick up places on the Village Trolley Route.  You can park at any of them and for $2 take a ride to several different drop of points, one of which is the Hall of Fame.  The $2 covers the round trip. We got off the trolley a couple of blocks before the Hall of Fame so we could see some of the shops in the area.  There are parking lots in the city of Cooperstown that are between $12 and $14 a day.  We chose the trolley ride and loved it!

The Trolley

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Inside the Trolley

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Every little town around this area has these balls of flowers hanging from their light posts throughout the town.  Each town has a different color flower ball.  Such a beautiful site to see!vfiles8496 I was a baseball mom for many years, now I’m a softball Grannie, so this tshirt spoke to me quite loudly!!20160708_144840 Here we are walking up to the Hall of Fame building.  It is a very large three story building.

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Inside the Hall of Fame and Museum.  It was $15 for seniors and $12 for old military guys.  I believe the regular cost to get in is a little over $20.     20160708_150701

Representation of the “Strike Zone”

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Babe Ruth has his own area within the Hall of Fame. So cool seeing all that he did!

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Babe Ruth lugged this 36 inch, 43 ounce Louisville Slugger to his his 57th and 58th home runs of 1921. It takes a strong man to carry a bat like that!20160708_153016

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There was a special room where the Who’s on First video was shown.  If you have never heard the Who’s on First hilarious story, or haven’t seen it in a while, here’s a link to it: Click here

A glass case showed off pins, penants and rings from each year the World Series has been played since 1903.  Here a photo of some of the recent years and information about the 1903: The first modern world series. 20160708_162258 20160708_162136

When Greg Maddux played for the Atlanta Braves he was my very favorite pitcher.  He was called “The Professor” by of his deep knowledge of the intricacies of pitching and known as “Mad Dog!”20160708_162035

Javy Lopez was our oldest son’s favorite player in his younger years.  Javy was an excellent Atlanta Braves catcher as well as a phenomenal hitter.  He was always fun to watch.  I don’t know if he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame but he was recognized here!

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Hank Aaron had his own section as well.  He’s one of the amazing Atlanta Braves players from days past!

20160708_16113420160708_161343The locker used by Hank Aaron, at Atlanta Stadium in 1974.  Atlanta Stadium was the Braves home park from 1966 to 1996.  20160708_161317  20160708_161250 I’m going to end today’s blog with one of the wildest and funny mascots.  The Phillie Phanatic is the official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team. He is a large, furry, green bi-pedal creature with an extendable tongue. I’m including him and the Philadelphia Phillies cage showing lots of their memorabilia to say hi to the really nice ladies I had the pleasure of visiting with a couple of evenings ago.  They stayed in the spot next to us and we had a really nice time getting to know each other.  They are on vacation in an RV and love the Phillies!  So thanks ladies for being so nice and we surely did stay away from the Baseball Wax Museum!!!  Thanks for the Tip!!

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To my Chicago Cubs buddy Cat Davis, I got a couple of photos of Cubbies things for you, coming up in the next post!

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07.07.16 Adirondack Mountains exploration in New York

images Thursday, July 7, 2016 –  The Adirondack Mountains lie within the Adirondack Park, and contain millions of acres of protected land. Representing the largest protected area in the contiguous United States, the Adirondack Mountains boast more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails, over 3,000 lakes and ponds, and 1,200 miles of rivers.

The Adirondack Mountains are more than 5,000,000 years old. The Adirondack Peaks can be anywhere from 1,200 feet tall to well over 5,000 feet tall, and the 46 tallest summits above 4,000 feet are called the High Peaks.

On Wednesday we drove around 150 miles of the park seeing as much as we could!   We saw a lot of beautiful scenery along the way.  One of my favorite sights to see is a creek with rocks in it and water rushing along.  We saw a lot of that on today’s drive.

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We first went to see Lake Placid where the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics were held.  We were able to walk through the Olympic Training Center on our own.  A nice young man who is an Olympic Hockey player helped us find the ice skating rink.  The ice rink is used for both hockey and ice skating.  When we were there a youth hockey camp was in progress so we got to see a bit of that.  Roy stood in the penalty box (where he sometimes actually belongs) and we enjoyed the coolness of the air coming off the ice.  Here are some photos of the training center inside and out.20160706_143925 20160706_144044 The 1980 ice rink20160706_144753 20160706_14480720160706_144832

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The town of Lake Placid

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20160706_150757While around Lake Placid we found a McDonald’s advertising Lobster rolls so that’s where we stopped for lunch.  Quite delicious for a fast food restaurant.  Sure wish they offered this down south!

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We drove by Whiteface Mountain, the fifth-highest mountain in the U.S. state of New York, and one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Stopped at the North Pole, which unlike the one in Colorado was not free for old folks so we didn’t stay and play, just looked.

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On we went to Ausable Chasm which is known as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. A lovely bridge goes across the public part of the chasm so that’s where we viewed the amazing place. There is so much more that we didn’t pay to see.  Mostly because it’s quite strenuous and it was already late in the day.  I’d recommend this for anyone wanting to spend the day there who has lots of energy and strength. There is zip lining, tubing, rafting, wonderful walks through the chasm, etc.

The view from the right side of the bridge

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On our way home we passed by something we’ve seen a couple of times already but finally stopped to find out about it. What you’ll see in the photos below are a series of little cows individual rooms  I’ve never seen anything like it! We stopped and I talked to the man who owns the cows and he said the really young ones stay there until they are old enough to join the older cows.  I loved this!

20160706_173117 20160706_173054Another thing unusual that we’ve seen is numerous little water wells.  At least every fourth house has a water well in the front yard.  From little bitty ones to regular sizes ones.  I found out that some of them are hiding the well pipe.  It sure does look neat to see all of them as we’ve traveled.

That pretty well covers our journey around the Adirondacks.  We found out that a week could be spent checking it out and still not see all of it.

Today, Thursday, we (actually Roy) drove to Cooperstown, NY for three nights.  On Friday we will go to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a three story museum in Cooperstown.  As much as the Chauvin family loves and follows baseball this is one stop we are really looking forward to.  I anticipate a two part blog on that visit!!!

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07.06.16 Happy 35th Birthday Chip and Independence Day Parade in Plattsburgh, New York

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – Thirty five years ago a handsome baby boy named Chip Matthew Chauvin joined our family.  While we are not with him for this birthday we send lots and lots of love his way! We are so proud of the Godly man he’s become.  Happy Birthday Chipper!!

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On Monday, July 4th, Roy and I went to the nearby town of Plattsburgh for their Independence Day Parade.  Plattsburgh has a population of 20,000 and sits on Cumberland Bay. Here’s a couple of photos of the town.

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Plattsburgh is the location of the American victory in the War of 1812, Battle of Plattsburgh. The Thomas MacDonough Memorial commemorates that victory.

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The theme for the parade was Adirondack Pride.  We’re right next to the Adirondack mountains and they all love that!  I would too if I lived here.  The parade crowd was quite large where we watched the parade near City Hall. Lots of families gathered for the event.

Here’s some of the parade sights!

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We are going to drive around as much of the Adirondack Mountains as we can on Wednesday.  On Thursday we’ll leave this area going south to Cooperstown, NY where we’ll tour the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday!

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07.05.16 Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Braggs Farm Sugarhouse

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – After touring Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory we drove over to Cold Hollow Cider Mill.  The mill was not in operation that day but we got to taste their apple cider which was delicious.  Other than the mill there is a large shop where they sell all things made from apples and from maple syrup including bakery items, jellies, etc.

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While this wasn’t a tour it was a cool place to visit!  From there we went to Bragg Farm’s Sugarhouse.

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Their manufacturing season is in the Spring so they were not collecting and processing the maple when we visited.  We watched a video about how they do it.  These are some of the 2500 pails they collect the syrup from the trees in.

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Our wonderful Boondocker’s Welcome hosts in Orange, Vermont, Marj and Lee treated us to a delicious dinner Friday evening.  We had a wonderful time visiting with them and getting to know them better.  We left their house fatter and quite happy!

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Saturday morning we left their home and drove to Twin Ells RV Park in West Chazy, New York. It’s in upstate New York near Lake Champlain.

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07.04.16 Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Waterbury, Vermont

imagesMonday, July 4, 2016 –  Ben & Jerry’s factory is located at 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Route 100, Waterbury, VT 05676.  It is a very cool place to visit, to tour and to enjoy their ice cream.  The cost was $3.50 for Seniors.

We visited there last Thursday.  We have ever eaten Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and we found we liked it, especially the chunks of things in it.  Blue Bell is still the best but this was a cool tour and we loved that they gave us samples.

They do not allow photographs to be taken of the actual factory but I took photos when I could in the public areas.  Here they are!

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 When we finished the tour we went on to see Cold Hollow Cider Mill and then to see Braggs Farm Sugarhouse where they make maple syrup. More on those places next!

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07.02.16 Robbins Nest Covered Bridge and Ladder 1 Grill in Barre, Vermont

things you want to do go do themSaturday, July 2, 2016  – We don’t have covered bridges in Louisiana that I know of so seeing them up here in New England is a special treat.  I looked up some information about them and specifically the one we saw this week.

A covered bridge is a timber-truss bridge with a roof and siding which, in most covered bridges, create an almost complete enclosure. The purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather. Uncovered wooden bridges have a lifespan of only 10 to 15 years because of the effects of rain and sun. Bridges having covers for reasons other than protecting wood trusses, such as for protecting pedestrians and keeping horses from shying away from water, are also sometimes called covered bridges.

The Robbins Nest Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that crosses the Jail Branch of the Winooski River off US Route 302 in Barre, Vermont. Even though not historic, the bridge was built as a replica to one that stood just downstream and was swept away in the Vermont Flood of 1927, and is of authentic design and construction. It is on private property and in 1990 the owners installed steel beams to reinforce the deck.

The first photo is of the river flowing underneath the bridge.

20160629_122805 The rest are from outside and within the bridge.  It may be on private property but I wanted photos so I got them!!

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I love the plaque inside that shows the various fees for crossing the bridge.  It says at the bottom that church goers could cross Free!

20160629_122828We enjoyed delicious Lobster Salad Rolls and French Fries at Ladder 1 Grill.  Had to have lobster one last time while we’re still in lobster land!   Ladder 1 Grill is an old firehouse restored as a restaurant.  Very cool memorabilia and other decorations and the food and service was great.

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This wrapped up a very full day of exploring the Barre, Vermont area!  By the time I write about the next days adventures we’ll be on our way out of Vermont headed to upstate New York for a week.

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07.01.16 Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont

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Friday, July 1, 2016 – Located in Barre, Vermont, the “Granite Capital of the World,” Hope Cemetery serves not only as a place to remember those who work outside the craft and are buried there, but also as a tribute to the stone cutters and artisans interred among the sculptures they created while they lived. Now about 65 acres in size, Hope Cemetery holds more than 10,000 tombstones and memorials. A common tourist destination, Hope Cemetery is known as the museum of granite sculpture or the gallery of granite artistry.

Each year visitors from all over the world tour Hope Cemetery to see some of the finest examples of memorial design and granite craftsmanship ever produced. We saw20160629_154101 some of the most unusual tombstones as we walked through this huge and amazing cemetery.

As we were walking around I’d see large monuments with just last names on them.  I figured that this was such a popular cemetery that people erected their 20160629_154108big statues before anyone died.  Soon we started noticing plaques in the ground near the larger tombstone with the information about the deceased.  Guess that’s how they do it here.

Being raised in New Orleans where large monuments and mausoleums are numerous it wasn’t that aspect that got our curiosity.  Normally I’m interested in the dates on the tombstones since I find really old ones to be intriguing.  This time we were looking for the most unique designs.  Here are some that we found:

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Guess what,  I applied for Social Security, yes I’m that old!!!!!

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