Winter illness prevented me from going to this weekend’s Hockey Tournament in Pittsburgh, PA and Tom, Caleb and hockey player friend Kevin had to head out without me. Devastated to be left at home, I sent Tom with a camera and instructions to take pictures and call . . . frequently! He did a great job of keeping me updated and helping me be there “virtually”. We’ll see if I am able to record the trip for the blog!
Caleb and Kevin were drafted for a throw-together team for The Pittsburgh Winter Classic and planned to make the trip together. Kevin came to our house Friday night and Caleb got home from work at 11:00 and they were up and on the road by 6:00 a.m. Saturday for a 5-hour trip to Pittsburgh. The afternoon games were played on a unique outdoor ice rink created right down by the Monongahela River at the base of Mt. Washington, with the Philadelphia landscape in the background. Awesome!
The weather had taken a surprising swing up to the lower 60’s which was great for being outside for the afternoon – but not so good for the ice! Starting out in good shape, the ice rapidly deteriorated until the players were literally paddling through water and splashing up heavy spray with each swing of the stick. Overall, the outdoor experience was an ideal different hockey experience to add to the collection!
Here are some pictures of the action on the outdoor rink.
The rest of the games moved into the Bladerunners Ice Complex, the usual location for Pittsburgh tournaments and close to the hotel (love that!). The boys had a 9:30 night game, and getting back to the hotel room before midnight was priceless!
Sunday morning was perfect timing with a 9:00 a.m. game, done by 10:00, back to the hotel to get cleaned up and on the road by 11:00, and home by 5:00! And, the weekend yielded some good experience with 1 loss (by only 1 point), 1 tie, and 1 win! Everyone happy!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown