Fun at the Field of Dreams Movie Site

Trip Start Jul 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

We are east of the Mississippi River! (Tom) "If you build it…" I woke up today in South Dakota. We were at some store an hour from Sioux City.  After a heart-healthy breakfast of chocolate cereal, we headed off to Iowa.  There wasn't much going on until we ate lunch at Wendy’s.  After lunch, there wasn’t much going on again until we got within 3 miles of the Field of Dreams Movie Site.  Those 3 miles were mostly corn and farm houses.  Once we started seeing signs, we started to get excited.

We finally saw the field and its outfield corn.  May I just state that the camera makes things look huge.  Even though it wasn’t as big as I thought it would be, it was still the size of a major league ballpark.  This “major league park” didn’t look like the one we’ll see tomorrow in Milwaukee.  Did we mention that Kristen (Mom’s college roommate) got us seats right behind the plate!  I’m psyched about it.  Anyway, we took our picture at the Field of Dreams sign and Darren and I walked to the field.  I guess Mom walked behind us to take pictures of us in front of the field.  It was so cool.  We couldn’t go into the house, it was fenced in.  The owners actually live there.

When we walked onto the field, Darren and I started to play pass in shallow right-center field.  I noticed right away that a major league team has to be warmed up before the game.  I could barely get the ball to Darren who was 20 feet away from me!  Batters have to be strong too.  That comes later.

When we were playing pass, we saw a woman screaming into the corn.  She was yelling a name.  We continued passing until we took our photo in the corn.  Mom then took a video of me, Dad, and Darren walking in and out of the corn.  A group was gathering over by where the woman was.  Mom asked if they wanted us to help them.  She told us that there was a boy and a girl, 9-year-old twins.  The girl’s name was Sara and the boy’s name was Christian.  They walked into the corn field and they didn’t come out.  We said too bad and left because it wasn’t our business. (JUST KIDDING)  That wasn’t what we really did!  We went in four rows and started to yell their names.

About 4-5 minutes after we started searching, their father found them.  Someone that was close to him, told the woman that they were on the other side of the cornfield!  “Other side of this cornfield?!  They’re in big trouble!”  When the kids popped out with their dad, Sara ran up and she jumped and slammed into her mother.  The mother asked if she was crazy.  The girl apologized to everyone that helped look for her (her mom told her to).  We headed for left field where we could get a picture of us with the field in the background.  When we looked back, we think the boy was crying.

Once the infield was open, we ran for it.  First, I pitched to Dad.  It’s a pretty long way from the pitcher’s mound to home plate on a major league park!  Dad got two hits off of me in five swings.  Darren stepped to the plate and he got four hits off of me in nine swings.  We let someone else hit a little bit.  Darren and I played long toss out in left field.  After those people were done, we went back into the infield.  I batted and I didn’t get very many balls that I could hit (no offense Dad).  The ones I could, I always fouled them off.  After a boy that could hit hard ground balls finished, his little brother came up and he was hitting them pretty good for his size.  He might’ve been three years old.  Darren and I got one more hit before we went to the gift shop and went towards Milwaukee.  Darren hit a nice one that hit the back of the infield where a shortstop would play.  I waited a few pitches and I swung as hard as I could and I hit it down the third base line and it barely hit on the outfield grass.  That’s why I said that batters need to be very strong too.  We got a lot of stuff from the gift shop.  The lady at the counter didn’t seem she was having a day to write home about.  She was about to close up and we were picking shirt after shirt and denying them.  When Mom asked if she could write in the guest registration book, the lady opened the window that she just closed.  She opened it very thoroughly and almost threw the book out in front of Mom.  Mom looked at Dad as if the lady had lost her mind.  Darren got a cool shirt that shows the players in the corn and you put it on and the warmer your body gets, the brighter the players get.

We said bye to the Field of Dreams and had pizza to go and got to our campsite.  We still have a lot to explore on this trip and we only have 6.5 days left!

(Kevin)  We had a good night of sleep at Cabela’s.  They certainly cater to the RVers.  There was a car/truck and RV wash next to the store where we washed a few layers of bugs off the front of the RV.  Couldn’t get them all.  I got some oil for the generator at Wal-Mart, filled up with gas and we were on the road at 8:20. 

We had a long day of driving and tipped the 7,000 mile mark.  Not much to look at but miles of corn and soybean.  To pass the time, the driver again counted motorcycles headed towards the motorcycle rally.  I only counted for the first hour of driving because it was a good idea to keep an eye on our side of the interstate.  I counted 1,348 in only 1 hour!  We are staying at a campground in Galena, IL and we are off to Milwaukee tomorrow.

503 miles, avg. speed 57.3 mph, driving time 8:45, stopped time 3:30, total miles for trip 7,077
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Doreen on

I just got caught up on your blogs this evening and loved reading every one of them. Tom and Darren have the best way of describing all the details and I felt like I was there with you. Great job. So glad that you are having a wonderful trip....I have added a few of these locations to my bucket list because of the great writing done on this blog :) Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Aunt Mary & Uncle Dana on

Uncle Harry has been forwarding your blogs to us and what a joy we have had in reading them. Tom & Darren, you have done a fantastic job describing in detail what you have seen. Tom, your explanation of Mount Rushmore brought tears to our eyes. If one is not patriotic after reading your notes, something is wrong. A great trip for you all. May safe travels continue.

mandy on

hey, when are you guys gonna be seeing the sox in toronto?? make sure you make huge signs and wave to the camera! we'll be watching!
nice pitching unc kev! sissy.

Alan on

They won't be able to wear Sox shirts at the Blue Jays games - They've worn them every day so far!

hanscomxcountry on

Thanks for the comments everyone. Mandy - we are going to the Toronto game tomorrow afternoon (Thursday). We will have details in today's blog.

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