An In-Town Tourist Feature:
…because Adventure begins in the heart and Travel starts at the end of your own driveway.
Our trips to the local batting cage began with an aberrant pitch (mine) that connected rather solidly with Matt’s forehead a few years ago. No amount of pleading on his part could bring any subsequent pitches within the three foot safety zone my horrified brain immediately froze into place around him.
I finally suggested the local batting cage, theorizing that mechanical beanballs would be less psychologically traumatizing than maternal ones -and so began our summer treks to Westerville Golf Center.
We were already fans of the lushly landscaped miniature golf courses and the ice cream vending machine in the Pro Shop that transports each frozen selection via a suction hose. Prices are quite reasonable with plenty of weekly specials for those interested in deeper discounts. The hand-lettered sign with weekly promotions is local commerce at its best and attracts a well-mannered clientele of families, dating couples and groups of friends.
At the batting cages, $5 buys 84 pitches, 14 at a time. $10 wields 14 tokens and almost 200 pitches; plenty for an evening outing for Matt and a friend or two. The eight cages feature a two-wheel ball shoot for a more consistent pitching experience than many kids will have with their enthusiastic, under-skilled parents who are (most definitely!) better with spirals than curve balls.
What are the favorite summer hang-outs where you live?
Updated from September 11, 2009.
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