Baseball and nature – not really related, but that’s the way we’ve spent the past couple of days down here in sunny, hot Florida.
Friday we took in a Tiger game at their Lakeland spring training facility. Have to say it’s a pretty impressive stadium, and run really professionally, with lots of volunteers handling everything from checking bags, helping with seating and answering questions about the building and the team.
We had great seats right behind the Tiger dugout, too bad the Tigers didn’t play very well.
The second pitch of the game the New York Mets player hit a home run, and it was downhill from there. Miguel Cabrera, one of the Tigers star players came up to bat three times, managed to get on base once, but never scored.
He didn’t seem happy, and ran rather slow, just back from an injury that kept him out of the game most of last season. Still, it was cool to see him up close.
The Mets just had better pitching, the score ended up 7 to 1.
The one run Detroit scored was a homerun. That was fun to watch.
It would have been more fun to see today’s game against the Atlanta Braves. We hear the Tigers won 7 to 4, and Miguel hit a home run in the 5th inning.
But I can’t dwell too long on what we didn’t see, because today we saw an awful lot of beautiful. We went to two parks; the first was Hollis Park which is in Lakeland and sits on a beautiful pond in the middle of town with lots of water birds.
And today it also had lots of runners as there was a 5K and 10K road race going on when we arrived.
This little park is a gem sitting in the middle of town. Lots of beautiful flowering things…
…koi in a fountain…
…and some very unique sculpture tucked away amidst the plants.
It’s a wonderful little park, and there’s more to see than what I’ve shared. Maybe I’ll put together a slide show of the things that didn’t make it into this blog.
For sure I’ll do a separate post about Bok Gardens, the stunning garden we visited in the afternoon, complete with a carillon and a winter estate home built in the 1920s with wonderful winding paths through azaleas and camellias, and huge mossy live oaks.
And then we made it over to the Gulf of Mexico just in time to see the sun set.
I’ll share more about all that in the next post. Right now it’s time to get some sleep, tomorrow is our last day in the sun.
Better rest up!