Monday morning we headed out toward Cooperstown from Albany. It was a two hour drive, but it was very beautiful. There was alot of breathtaking scenery along the way, and a few spots that brought back some memories.
When I was a teenager I lived in a little town called Pleasant Brook, just outside of Cherry Valley. It wasn’t the most pleasant, more like camping out for the summer.
Of course that was about twenty-five years ago, so most everything has grown up around where the old house used to be. Sometimes you are not prepared for the memories that come flooding back when you revisit places that may not have held the best memories as a child.
But I thank God I have learned to forgive and be able to smile and remember the positive things out of maybe some of the worst memories.
Pretty soon we were coming up to my dad’s place. I love the road off the highway that leads up to his home. It is so pretty, but in winter time it’s a bugger to get through. This used to be my dad’s families old farm when they left New York city. I barely remember my Nana, just a few memories from when I was real little. She was Italian and I can still remember how I loved to sit and listen to her when she spoke.
Just past Nana’s old house my dad was able to keep about ten acres and built his home. Our visit is bittersweet as it is great to visit with my dad and my step-mom, Sharon, but it breaks my heart knowing this will probably be the last time I get to visit with them before they pass.
My dad’s health hasn’t been going to well and the doctors have given him just a short time left and Sharon is passing from lung cancer and is on hospice at home.
We were not sure if she would make it till we got up here, but of course she has always been very stubborn, and we were able to visit with her for a little bit before she became too tired. It was nice to be able to visit with both of them for a bit.
After our visit with my dad and step-mom I took the girls down into Cooperstown. We just had to eat at Sal’s Pizza! It is probably the best pizza I have ever eaten. If you are ever in Cooperstown you want to eat here.
But go after lunch, during the lunch rush there will be a line down the block to get a slice. The girls really enjoyed their giant slices of pizza!
After our Pizza break we wandered next door to the Tin Bin Alley. By far the best fudge and old fashion candies you will come across. It is worth the visit just to look around. They have unique signs and collectibles too if sweets aren’t your thing.
But of course no trip to Cooperstown is complete without a visit to Doubleday Field or the Baseball Hall of Fame. Or one of the many baseball shops in town. They still continue to use the field. While we were there they had a youth baseball game going on.
Just remember to plan a full day to visit, you can’t just see it all in a day. Maybe even a few days. There is more than just downtown. They have a Farmers Museum that has a working carousel, and an Art Museum, plus much more. There is Otsego Lake and there are many places to stay around the area, some even have gorgeous views of the lake and are a quick hop into town. Some even are close to Trolley stops that can take you into downtown.
My daughters and I love the architecture of the older homes and buildings in the area. And of course the weather was really nice. It was about 75 degrees with a light breeze. It was 100 down in East Texas at that same time with 90% humidity.
Overall we had a very enjoyable day.
Till next time, enjoy your journey,