Carlsbad, NM

Carlsbad, NM

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 4 - Friday

To start off, after the Field of Dreams we made the decision to travel to Mt. Rushmore in S. Dakota, so we spent a lot of time today trying to make good time. Because of that, our opportunities for good deeds were minimal. We tried though - we stopped at two different broken down cars and asked if they needed help. They both had someone working on them and thanked us for stopping but no thanks.

Our day began with an hour drive to the Field of Dreams - the site of one of my three favorite movies. It takes less and less for me to get emotional these days, and I actually got a little choked up a couple of times while we were there. We met the owners who have done a remarkable job of keeping everything the same as the movie. They do a year round good deed, admittance is free and and they simply want a place for families to come to be happy for a while and to experience the promise made in the movie: "People will come." The only good deed today was when a family with little kids was trying to play a short game on the field. They were struggling to make it work and we helped them out. While we were there we saw a very touching scene. There was a TV crew filming a lady in a wheel chair along with the owners of the farm. The woman is dying of cancer and has very little time left. She is a big Cardinal fan and had a final request of her family - to see the Field of Dreams. Ours were not the only eyes there filling up...

After the Field of Dreams we made our way up into southern Minnesota and stopped at an interesting 1900s museum in Albert Lea. My team at Collins Hill actually competed against Albert Lea in a tournament in Minnesota two years ago. From there we ate up a lot of pavement and made it all the way to Mitchell, South Dakota. We visited the Corn Palace there, which is a large building for events that is made mostly out of corn - really.

Tomorrow - Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills. We'll do our best for more good deeds.


Aunt Kathy said...

The field of dreams sounds awesome. I missed playing tennis with you this morning. But Joel and I managed to win anyway at line 2, uh huh !

Jeff said...

Sounds like you two are having a blast. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the rest of us.