I've been to 16 of the last 19 years of Spring Training, and this year is the longest trip of all - 10 days. I normally make the annual pilgrimage to the Cactus League with my Bay Area cousins (and fellow SF Giants fans) but they weren't able to make it this year. So instead, I'm visiting my Pacific Northwest cousin Jenna...
...who now lives here. Her Mom (my aunt) also flew down from the PNW. I also have another aunt who lives here, as well as my sister so it's been somewhat of a Girls Trip.
I'm five days into my trip, and the time has flown by; I can hardly believe it's already Friday. Technically today is my last "vacation day", as I'm actually back to work on Monday even though I'm staying in AZ through next Wednesday.
I've spent the past five days...
...Going to Spring Training Baseball Games
+ SFG's vs. White Sox at Camelback Ranch
This was my first trip to this ballpark. The White Sox share it with the Dodgers so I really didn't have any interest to visit, but since the G's were playing here I decided it was as good of a time as any to make my (likely) once-and-only visit.
The park itself is really nice. Parking was free and the lawn area was really nice and spacious. And I was able to get a seat with this view at the last minute.
+ SFG's vs. Indians at Scottsdale Stadium
My seat wasn't as good at Scottsdale Stadium...
Ever since the G's won the World Series in 2010 it is hard to get a ticket to a Spring Training game. Back in the day we used to be able to walk up to the ticket office and get lawn seats for $5. These days, you really have to purchase them in advance.
But the seat that I had was fine, and it was right next to my favorite food in the park.
It was fun to be among "my people." SFG fans are passionate - even in a Spring Training game.
+ Ballpark Food
Speaking of ballpark food, the food at Camelback Ranch was so boring and uninteresting. All they had were hotdogs and pizza. There weren't any healthy options.
However, it's a whole different story at Scottsdale Stadium. Like AT&T Park, there's the traditional boring stuff like at Camelback Ranch, but there's also BBQ, Jamba Juice, etc. My personal favorite is:
I didn't think I'd be able to have this now that I'm eating gluten-free, but they offered to make a batch of noodle-free veggies for me so I could still have it. It was just as good as I remembered; I savored every bite.
However, I do have a confession. As much as I've stayed committed to eating gluten-free, I faltered on my "no refined sugar" goal. I gave in to temptation and had this:
What can I say? The weather was hot, ice cream is my weakness, and it looked good. And it was SO GOOD. But as soon as I was done eating it I felt eaters’ remorse. I also paid for it dearly. My lactose intolerant stomach ached for two days and I had the worst headache ever. I'd like to say that it was enough suffering for me never to have ice cream again...however, the Kona Coffee Ice Cream Sundae at The Yardhouse is calling my name...I can hear it...
...And working out
I've run three times on this trip. Scenes from the run:
While all three runs went well; i.e., the muscle strain wasn't an issue, they were all hard. I always struggle working out on vacation and it took every ounce of motivation for me to get the minimal miles in. The Arizona heat didn't help either. But at least there it was overcast on this morning's run.
...done a little swimming...
...been to a hot yoga class (blog post coming soon)...
...and went hiking!
(blog post on the hike is also in the works!)
We're heading to Sedona this weekend for more hiking and adventures. I've never been to Sedona before and I'm really excited to see what it has to offer!