Remember that I was shut out of the Pittsburgh hockey tournament last weekend due to illness? Well, this weekend I was “on” as chief driver and trip coordinator as son Caleb and friend Kevin traveled to London, Ontario to play on another all-star team. After this tournament there was no doubt in my mind that Canada and Hockey go hand-in-hand!
Away from the house by 7:00 a.m. we crossed the border from Detroit into Windsor by 11:00 and arrived at our hotel at 1:00. Room not ready . . . so much for being early! Lunch and a quick shopping trip brought us back to the hotel at 2:00, just in time to move in, get settled and head to the ice rink, an easy 5-mile trip.
Kevin and Caleb in their sledges.
With over 700 pictures it is hard to know exactly what to share on my blog. I think I’ll begin with some pics of the players getting on the ice. They have to get out of wheelchairs and situated into a sledge off the ice, and then make their way (knuckle-walking!) to the rink. . . a bit awkward! But after they get on the ice, it become a beautiful dance.
Here is some of our line-up as they fall through the door, onto the ice.
I worked hard during all 5 games trying to get great action pictures of the players. I like a picture that shows smooth motion and action with the puck. But, I also like those moments when things slow down and players are able to take a quick break on the ice to re-group!
(WARNING: all pictures were taken through dirty protective glass and safety nets, from a balcony high above the rink -- in poor lighting! Oh, and I was balanced on a bench seat trying to get up high for the action!)
And, a few more pictures of my favorite player!
It's time to start wrapping this post up with pictures of the happy team receiving their gold medals. I was able to get down on the ice to get some up-close pictures of each player!
Ceremony over! Quick picture of Caleb with his medal! Time to get cleaned up, load the gear, and get on the road for home!
And just for good measure, we arrived home in an ice/sleet storm!
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