Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Friday-- Lees McRae College

We decided to play at a different location on Friday in order to experience the variety that playing on different surfaces with different views provides. Walt, Ron, Doreen, Wayne, Danny, Sue, Shirley, and myself tried the softball field at Lees McRae college in Banner Elk. The surface was typical of a baseball field-- nice and flat with a little drag provided by the loose dust. But the views were spectacular! The mountains in the background were difficult to ignore.

The teams were pretty evenly matched and we had some good games. We had made the assumption that we could play since the college walking track and similar facilities are open to the public. The girls' softball coach came out and told us that we needed to make reservations, but Shirley went up and talked with the athletic director who told us we could finish our play. Just wanted any potential players to know you should check first. It's a beautiful place and we would not want to cause any problems should the college have something scheduled for the field.

By the way, the large picture of Shirley was taken on the hiking trail near the Linn Cove Viaduct Welcome Center. Go if you enjoy mountain hiking.

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