Putt Putt Golf & Games
Putt Putt Golf & Games is a fun area franchised all across the United States. It is mainly known for its mini golf courses, but there are other activities such as go cart racing, bumper boats, a game room, and there is a canteen where folks can eat and drink between activities. Lee, Bill, and I went there to try out go cart racing and mini golf. I wasn't too keen on the go cart races at that age, but I improved impressively at mini golf over the weeks. In 36 holes, I made 4 holes-in-one. I went into both things with no illusions or delusions: if I didn't crack up the go cart with me in it and if I shot below 90 on the mini golf, I could hold my head up high. The important thing is being able laugh at myself and have fun.
Equipment: They provide all the equipment you need.Related to:
- Family Travel
High School Football
Unlike many countries, in the United States, public schools sponsor sport programmes. High school football is an autumn ritual all from Maine to Hawaii. Usually, the games take place on Friday evenings, with Saturdays reserved as a makeup day in case of bad weather. The photo (please enlarge) shows the 2005 homecoming game at Lee-Davis High School. Traditionally, homecoming games are set up such that the home team plays against a team they could most easily beat. However, the Armstrong Wildcats hammered the Lee-Davis Confederates 38-13 and then had the cheek to do a victory circuit around our track. Despite the loss (due to the graduation of a few key players), I had fun hanging out with my younger friends Adam, Will, Katy, and Lee (all Lee-Davis graduates) and Jessi (Lee's girlfriend).
Baseball - a National Obsession
Baseball has been a passion in the US for a long time and now it is also played in many other countries (particularly Latin America and Japan).
Most cultures have some type of stick and ball game. Most historians agree that baseball is based on the English game of rounders. Throughout the early part of that century, small towns formed "townball" teams, and baseball clubs were formed in larger cities. Although popular legend says that the game was invented by Abner Doubleday, baseball's true father was Alexander Cartwright who in 1845 formalized a list of rules by which all teams could play. The first recorded baseball contest took place a year later, in 1846. Cartwright's Knickerbockers lost to the New York Baseball Club in a game at the Elysian Fields, in Hoboken, New Jersey.
In 1866, Charles A. Peverelly wrote, "The game of baseball has now become beyond question the leading feature of the outdoor sports of the United States ... It is a game which is peculiarly suited to the American temperament and disposition; ... in short, the pastime suits the people, and the people suit the pastime."
Equipment: To watch baseball, all you need is a ticket to the ballpark. Most ballparks have internet ticket sales. The URL will tell you the Major League Baseball schedule.
To PLAY the game, you need balls (obviously) and bats, plus the catcher's protective gear, and mitts for the team out in the fiels and batting helmets for the team at bat.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Adventure Travel
Baseball - MLB
Starting in April and ending with the World Series in October, Major League Baseball's 30 teams play a massive 162 games in the regular season. Beyond that there is spring training in the preseason and the playoffs as well. So there are a lot of games available to see. If you have never seen a professional baseball game in the United States, it is definitely worth seeing in person. Most people don't like baseball too much on television. But going to the park and seeing it in person is really worth it. The experience, sights, sounds, and smells make it all worth it. The following U.S. cities have professional baseball teams.
(Anaheim) Los Angeles Angels (California)
(Arlington) Texas Rangers
Atlanta Braves (Georgia)
Baltimore Orioles (Maryland)
Boston Red Sox (Massachusetts)
Chicago Cubs (Illinois)
Chicago White Sox (Illinois)
Cincinnati Reds (Ohio)
Cleveland Indians (Ohio)
(Denver) Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers (Michigan)
Houston Astros (Texas)
Kansas City Royals (Missouri)
Los Angeles Dodgers (California)
(Miami) Florida Marlins
Milwaukee Brewers (Wisconsin)
(Minneapolis) Minnesota Twins
New York Mets (NYC)
New York Yankees (NYC)
Oakland Athletics (California)
Philadelphia Phillies (Pennsylvania)
(Phoenix) Arizona Diamondbacks
Pittsburgh Pirates (Pennsylvania)
San Diego Padres (California)
San Francisco Giants (California)
Seattle Mariners (Washington)
St. Louis Cardinals (Missouri)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (Florida)
Washington Nationals (D.C.)
American football - the NFL
Starting in September and ending with a February Superbowl, the NFL's 32 teams play 16 games in the regular season. Add to that a few preseason games and playoff games and there are plenty of chances to check out a game if you want. The following cities have professional football teams.
Atlanta Falcons (Georgia)
Baltimore Ravens (Maryland)
(Boston) New England Patriots
Buffalo Bills (New York)
(Charlotte) Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears (Illinois)
Cincinnati Bengals (Ohio)
Cleveland Browns (Ohio)
Dallas Cowboys (Texas)
Denver Broncos (Colorado)
Detroit Lions (Michigan)
Green Bay Packers (Wisconsin)
Houston Texans (Texas)
Indianapolis Colts (Indiana)
Jacksonville Jaguars (Florida)
Kansas City Chiefs (Missouri)
Miami Dolphins (Florida)
(Minneapolis) Minnesota Vikings
(Nashville) Tennessee Titans
New Orleans Saints (Louisiana)
New York Giants (NYC)
New York Jets (actually the stadium is in New Jersey)
Oakland Raiders (California)
Philadelphia Eagles (Pennsylvania)
(Phoenix) Arizona Cardinals
Pittsburgh Steelers (Pennsylvania)
San Diego Chargers (California)
San Francisco 49ers (California)
Seattle Seahawks (Washington)
St. Louis Rams (Missouri)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Florida)
Washington Redskins (D.C.)
Equipment: Depends on the weather. Check the forecast because a lot of stadiums are open air.
There are many kinds of water sports activities in the United States. One of them is sailboat racing. There are several kinds of sailboat racing. The one that is familiar to most people are the around the bouy races like the American's Cup. All the boats in those races are built to the same standard dimensions.
There are races every year in Key West - these races have several different classes of boats.
Equipment: The Governor's Cup is another kind of sailboat race in which different kinds of sailboats compete sailing from one point to another.
In this case, they leave Annapolis (the current state capitol) on Friday evening, and must finish the 70 nm course to St. Mary's City (the first state capitol) within 21 hours. The race has been run for 30 years.
The picture shows the Dove replica marking the finish line. [The Dove was one of the two boats which brought the early settlers to Maryland.]
The race is governed by the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing, the C.B.Y.R.A. Handicap and Cruising One Design Rules, and Special Sailing Instructions.
Each yacht in each class of the handicap division has to have a valid rating or measurement certificate on file with the appropriate C.B.Y.R.A. class organization.
All competing yachts must display their proper class flag from the bow pulpit and at least six feet above the deck on the backstay.
They have winners in each class, and an overall winner.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Trekking in Arches National Park
Each arch is unique, but I especially like the world-famous Delicate Arch. The 45 mins trek to view the Delicate Arch is worth every second of it. Try to reach there before sunset, find a spot and simply enjoy the scene...
Equipment: Good hiking/trekking boots.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
- Road Trip
Horse-riding in Monument Valley
This is one of the few places where you are allowed to run a horse even though it is your first time on a horse.
The two and half hour horse ride and the scenes were marvellous, and it ended with an overnight camp in the midst of the valley. We had a red indian style dinner over a "fireplace".
Equipment: I think you should be able to find an organized trip when you are at Monument Valley. I joined Trek America and it was part of the Indian Trail itinerary.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Road Trip
- Horse Riding
always go by bicycle
cycling is a great way to explore america.
also if you want to find yourself.
the guy on the picture just broke up with his girlfreind and took a biketrip to relax and think it all over.
very nice and thoughtful guy.
you always meet cool people on the state forest camps.Related to:
US Open Tennis Tournament
Apart from the Super Bowl (which changes venues every year) and the World Series (which follows the teams playing), the US Open is an internationally known venue that stays put at the US Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, New York (a short walk from Shea Stadium in Queens). World-class players compete here every summer for the richest purse in sports (apart from prize fights), giving out over $16 million in 2003.Related to:
- Family Travel
There are 32 NFL teams across the country in stadiums in some of the nation's largest cities. The odd quirk is that Los Angeles has NO professional American football team, but the much smaller city of Green Bay, Wisconsin does. The regular football season lasts from early September round about Labour Day through to late December. Playoff games are played between the 12 best teams (6 in each conference) for a goodly part of January. The definitive game of the season is called the Super Bowl between the best teams in the National and American conferences, traditionally the last Sunday in January. It takes place in different cities each year.
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League hosts games from October through to June. It used to be that professional hockey teams were only popular in cities noted for cold weather. However, now hockey fever has caught on in places like the Carolinas, Tampa, Atlanta, and Nashville. That demand for southern hockey teams was influenced, to a large degree, by come-heres (Northern transplants). Aside from the National Hockey League, various colleges and universities in the northern tier of states have NCAA (National College Athletic Association) teams.
NASCAR is the most popular form of American auto racing. It used to be exclusively a southeastern pastime, however, NASCAR has races in Delaware, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, upstate New York, and even California. NASCAR fans are fiercely loyal to a specific driver or make of car (Chrysler, Ford, Chevrolet) such that there is a fierce rivalry between the fans. The Daytona 500 is the most important race of the year. Unlike many sports where the most important race closes the season, the "world series" or "super bowl" of racing is at the beginning of the season. While fans may argue amongst themselves over who is the best driver, there is a points system tabulated throughout the season (late February through to mid-November) that gives a more objective assessment.
Baseball: America's pastime
There are 30 major league baseball teams around the country. The regular season lasts from mid-April through to mid-September. For the rest of September through to late October, baseball has a series of playoff games. The top teams in the American and National League teams square off in a (best of 7 games) World Series. The 30 major league teams have minor-league teams in smaller cities. For example, the Atlanta Braves rely on the Richmond Braves to keep replenish their ranks at a major injury or retirement.
Equipment: A good catcher's mitt for foul balls that make the stands.
NASCAR - an American Phenomenon
This is automobile racing. It is supposedly the most popular spectator sport in the United States.
Personally, I have never attended any NASCAR event because it doesn't interest me. Yet fans who do attend are mesmerized by it. They talk about "dirty air" and other strange things.
If you like auto racing, by all means check it out.
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