Thursday was a full day! We traveled the 238 miles from Deb's house in Mountain View to the Super 8 Motel in Carson CIty, arriving at 4:45, stiff and tired from a day in the car. We traveled the back and very scenic highways once we left CA 99 north of Lodi, part of the time on farm roads that bypassed the little communities, thereby saving some time.
The most scenic part of the trip was CA 88 over Carson Pass, with several mountain lakes and lots of towering evergreens. We did not take time to stop for any pictures, as we had an evening appointment for pizza and football.
Granddaughter Renee and great grandson Darren met us at the motel and led us to the Pizza Factory, where Renee's husband Adam and our daughter Kathie and her husband Shawn joined us for pizza. After some nice family time and some good pizza, we hightailed it to Douglas High School for football.
Grandson Sam, Shawn and Kat's son, is a sophomore at Douglas, and is the second string center for the Junior Varsity Douglas Tigers. As the team charged onto the field. we quickly located Sam by the big 77 number on his jersey.
Your question right now is -- why no pictures from the pizza gathering? Why no football pictures yet? Reason is, my camera had gotten turned on when I put it in my fanny pack, and the battery was dead. Suzy's camera was in the car during pizza. From here on there will be football pictures, but I'll admit I'm not familiar with the settings on Suzy's camera, so my pictures aren't the best football pictures you've ever seen.
Here's the team lined up before the game. Sam, #77, is way down toward the left end.
Had to get the required shots of the pretty girls in cheer leader uniforms!
Still waiting for the game to begin. Sam (77) is behind the Gatorade bucket.
Even little Darren was rooting for Uncle Sam's team in his Tiger outfit! Although he seems to be more interested in his GeeGee.
Had to have a couple of action shots! Suzy and I needed to leave just before half-time, so at this point we don't know which team won. But we do know this. In one play during the first quarter, the first string center had the wind knocked out of him, and Sam was sent in for a 3rd down play. And that play resulted in a touchdown for the Tigers! Yay Tigers! Yay Sam!
Friday is a quiet day, and we'll end up at Adam and Renee's house for dinner. We'll find out which team won at the end of this Thursday in ... Our Life on Wheels.
Now a question for the more accomplished photographers our there. Because the field was well lit, I turned off the flash on the camera. My "action shots" were quite blurry, because the shutter was fairly slow (1/13th of a second). If I had used flash, even though the light would not have reached the action, would the shutter speed have been faster, thereby stopping the action better? Then maybe I could have improved it in Picasa.
Late breaking news flash! Just heard that the Douglas Tigers won the game, 14-7! Although the offense didn't play well, the defense recovered a bumbled pass and ran for a touchdown in the final quarter! Yay Tigers!