Thursday began with some chicken and biscuits in Chapel Hill. Even though we spent the next six hours going from barbecue place to barbecue place to BBQ place, this was the best thing we ate all day.
In between stops for barbecue, we found some time to play bocce.
First we played on the grass, then we played on the playground. It was an odd playing surface - bark covered rubber surface. The balls took odd bounces and made some unexpected sounds upon landing. I put together a movie of some bocce - swingcam style. Erik was the N.C. bocce champ.
More swingset fun.
While looking for a place to play, we find the North Carolina Softball Hall of Fame. We tried to visit but were told at the door that they were closed due to "getting the trophies ready for the tournament."
After the game in Winston Salem, we got on the road again. We almost made it to Richmond before we almost got washed away in one of the worst thunderstorms I've ever been caught in.
The next day, we enjoyed our fancy room.
After Richmond, we drove to Fredericksburg, VA to spend time with Balgavy's parents and to take photos of embarrassing photos. This is Balgavy's senior year picture - Fredericksburg's own Steven Soderbergh.
Balgavy and his parents.
I've listened to Balgavy extol the virtues of Carl's for years. It did not disappoint.
To complete the trip, we drove to Washington for that night's Mets - Nats game. We had some time to kill so we played some bocce on the mall.
I was the D.C. champ.
After the game in Washington, we drove back to NY so I could get back to have my heart broken in bocce and for Marc and Erik to reclaim past glory.
Oh well, I'm still the reigning champ of Washington D.C.
Fredericksburg and Washington
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