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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Take me out to the Ball Game...

This weekend we were invited to a baseball game with a friend. It was a fireworks game, so we were guaranteed baseball, fireworks, gin and tonics I smuggled in and stadium dogs. I'm not interested in sports, but I like the sociability of baseball. It's a family venue where you can relax and chat through the various innings, stopping only to do the wave, cheer for the A's or to sing "Take me out to the ballgame..."

Explaining the game to me, I need to have it explained over and over! The Coliseum is an older stadium that doubles for baseball and football. You can see the top layer of seating that is covered over for baseball season.
After taping off the diamond, following the game, they allow the crowd onto the field to watch the fireworks. Like these two guys we stayed in our seats to enjoy the show.
The fireworks were spectacular and because of some sort of 'tie in' they were set to the music from Star Wars. There's something magical about the wonderment you feel when you see them bursting into the sky above. It's great sitting in the cold, looking up and being surprised by the beauty and power of something so transient. I can still hear the noise of them going off in my head!
We're smiling even though the A's lost - they must have been good fireworks.Thanks Birdi - go A's for 2012!