Thursday, March 10, 2011

2011 SD Padres

Spring Training in Arizona

Last week we spent a week in El Mirage, Arizona, for Baseball Spring Training. Alex flew in for a couple of days; Nicole, David and family drove over for the weekend, as did David's parents and his sis, Carly and hubby, Chase. It was great spending time together. We had warm weather, sunny weather during the days and cool evenings.We saw a couple of games at Peoria Sports Complex where the SD Padres train (Padres won one and lost one);got players' autographs, even Manager Bud Black's, shown below tossing the signed baseball back to Alex!Nick and Alex drove to Mesa, AZ, to see another game at the D'backs new Spring Training Facility (Padres won!) We all went to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ, where the Dodgers train, to watch the Dodgers v Giants (Giants won). Of course, I am told, winning doesn't matter at Spring Training, but it is always great when our team wins!

We rode bikes, took walks in the RV park, went to the pool (Gigi loves to swim), and hit a bucket of balls at the driving range. Fun times!!

Seems like this trip has become a new tradition for our family. We're hoping Alex and his family of 3 will join us next year, along with Nicole's family of 5 next yr, although we aren't sure where everyone will sleep. Someone might have to get a hotel room since the RV Resort we stay at (Pueblo RV Resort) doesn't allow tents; and our motorhome, while huge, isn't huge enough to sleep 6 adults, one dog, 1- 4 yr old, 2- almost 2 yr olds and 1- almost 1 year old!!!!! There's just not enough beds or enough floor space to go around. At least Nick and I know we have a nice big comfy bed and so does Sydney.

More pictures:

Nicole's pictures are here.

Alex's very original and creative pictures can be seen at alexanderpavone photography