**We will be squaring off against the Stars and Warriors for the next two weeks in the tropical climes of Hawaii, so I would like to essentially turn the blog into a mini travel blog to keep everyone updated on what we are doing on and off the field here.
I will try and post every day or two with a game update and some pictures from around the islands that Mark Twain famously described as, “The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean”, so check back with me on here and on twitter to follow along on our Hawaiian Baseball adventure.**
As anyone knows who has ventured across the Pacific Ocean to the Hawaiian Islands, it is quite a journey. The 4:30 AM wake up that accompanied the beginning of our journey surely helped to accentuate that point. The team met at the specified location, piled into our charter bus (along with our opponents, the Stars) and sleepily proceeded to the Oakland airport to board our 8:30 Hawaiian Airlines flight to Maui. I was already short on sleep from a dinner with a college teammate in San Francisco the night before, so after putting my phone in airplane mode and pressing play on one of the Adam Carolla Podcasts I had just downloaded it wasn’t long after take off that myself and the team were catching some Z’s.
I woke up with just a few minutes before touching down in Maui where we would wait another 3 hours to board a plane for another 30 minute ride and island hop over to the Big Island where our first series will be played. The second flight was great, either because it was short, or because we had two stewardesses that looked like Hawaiian goddesses, or because of the gorgeous views as we approached our destination. On second thought, it was probably all of the above. Here is the view we all saw when we managed to stop drooling over the stewardesses and look out the window…
As you can see it was a gorgeous day and the team took advantage of the rest of the day we had by enjoying the local food and going for a swim in the ocean and hotel pool which are about 10 feet from each other. We were even visited by a little sea turtle that came right in next to the table we set up on the walkway between pool and ocean swimming hole. It was fun to have almost all the guys hanging out, listening to music, swimming, playing cards and pulling card tricks on each other.
The sun wasn’t as amicable this morning as I woke up to a soggy drizzle. Andrew Pevsner (@Pevysouthpaw32), Will Krasne (@Pinkpoloshorts) and I decided to brave the drizzle and walk over to the world famous Ken’s House of Pancakes and it was well worth it as I scarfed down macadamia nut topped pancakes with various tropical syrups to top it off. I would highly recommend grabbing a bite there if you ever come visit. We left stuffed and decided to take the long way back to the hotel in an attempt to explore our surroundings. We came upon one of the most gorgeous public parks we all agreed we have ever seen and happened upon a local fish market that I was momentarily enchanted by (there is something inexplicable about fish that captivates me)…
The last leg of our exploration was drenched by a sudden heavy down pour that caused us to take an unplanned “morning job” back to the hotel since we were void of an umbrella and had to rely on the gargantuan Banyan Tree’s for cover from time to time.
It is almost time to catch the bus and head to the field. The sky has cleared up a bit and it looks almost certain that the rain that seems to be a fairly daily appearance here will not affect our game. Follow the game action HERE (let me know if this is the right place and if they are live updating or broadcasting please!) so you can very literally be on the bump with me(Gump) through all the action. Wish me luck!