After visiting Gustine in the morning, I made my way north to Gordon. When you come into town, the first thing you see is the United Methodist church. If you don’t follow the curve of the road, you will cause them to do major remodeling. Then you meander through the downtown area, across the railroad tracks, and past the car dealership. Once at the field, I was quickly welcomed by Coach Reed and his staff.
It was 103 outside so the coolness of the locker room was a physical relief. Gordon started school this week so the luxury of practicing in the mornings, like many other schools, is not an option. He showed me around the locker room and told me about all the new things they have done and the plans for the future. I told him it was the best smelling locker room I had ever been in. He quickly pointed to some air fresheners and told me he doesn't mind splurging for those.
I got a quick interview, and we sat and enjoyed the cool office before the boys came. Very quickly the sounds of voices filled the air. I sat right there while the coaches got up and attended to the players. As a woman in this realm of work, I know where and where not to be in a locker room. Coach Reed came back by, and we headed out into the 103 heat and onto the field.
The Gordon field is a lush green field nestled between two big hills. Some might call them mountains. They make for a beautiful backdrop to the stadium. Every now and then a cloud would pause over us and a soft breeze would blow. It was just enough relief to keep a person going a bit longer. Lots of water and allowing helmets to be off at times got the boys through safely. I personally am older and more plump and was ready to feel some air conditioning after an hour. Two trucks in the parking lot with American flags attached to the back caught my eye as I was leaving. I snapped a few pictures of the trucks. I felt they summed up my visit to Gordon very well.
See you on the sidelines!
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