Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wandering around Papago Park

The goal of my day spent exploring Papago Park was to crawl inside Hole in the Rock. I was prepared for quite a hike, but it was more of a walk up.

I stayed to watched the sunset and ponder my next move. Downtown Phoenix can be seen in the background.

Another Fall League Game: Scottsdale Scorpions vs. Peoria Javelinas

My favorite Scorpions player, Burgy:

Beware.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arizona Fall League game: Scottsdale Scorpions vs. Surprise Rafters

My first Fall League experience was exciting and entertaining. The weather was gorgeous (cool, in the 70s, with a light breeze), tickets were cheap ($6), and we had the pleasure of sitting next to a woman named Sue, an enthusiastic baseball fan who counts baseball players among her acquaintances. She cheers passionately for her team and doesn't let up. Many players acknowledged her as they made their way back to the dugout and seemed to appreciate her words of encouragement. ("You're the best in the universe!," she yelled.) My friend and I spotted Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young in the stands, after he stopped to say hello to her. There was also lots of buzz in the audience about Bryce Harper, who did not play but was set to make his debut. And Josh Collmenter of the Diamondbacks was there!

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Arizona Fall League

Friday, October 15, 2010

Late-night hiking at Hayden Butte Preserve ("A" Mountain)

No matter what time it is, you'll likely find people climbing Hayden Butte, better known as A Mountain. I climb it for fitness reasons, as I'm preparing for a Grand Canyon hike. It's a quick, steep ascent that really gets the heart pumping. Do it two and three times and you're set. But give yourself time to enjoy the view.
Hayden Butte Preserve