I got to Morgan before practice so decided to drive around a bit and get a feel for the town. I was very impressed that all the roads are paved. That may sound silly to some but that's a huge thing in the towns I visit. I live on a dirt road in town so seeing all paved roads in a small town is exciting. Morgan also has not one but two stores that sell gas. Again, a big thing to this small town gal.
I ventured around the school and saw some high school boys in the back parking lot so figured I was in the right place. I pulled in and parked and was quickly greeted by Coach Aviles. I followed him around and we visited while he gathered up the last of what they needed to take to the field across town. He had thought my visit would be more formal so had the boys ready to put on their full uniforms for a group photo. I assured him that wasn’t necessary that my visit was a casual one and I would just be taking some snapshots of practice. That seemed to put him at ease a bit as he really hadn’t known what to expect. I never really thought about anyone thinking my visits would be anything but laid back.
The boys loaded up in a yellow dawg with Aviles at the wheel and I followed along behind them. Once to the field one of the boys jumped out and opened the double gate for us to drive through. It’s such a beautiful stadium set on the edge of town with real grass. Once out of the car I could hear a rooster crowing faithfully in the distance. While I was there two trains went by. At first I couldn’t see the train behind the trees but then I saw an opening further down and saw one zooming by. If you think trains are a thing of the past, think again. I hear and see them all the time in my visits to 1A schools. They are very active.
This was an evening practice and I must say starting after 6:00 is the way to go. The heat was starting to subside and there was a nice breeze. It was like hanging out in the back yard watching the kids play. Perfect ending to the day. The boys were all working and playing together and following Coach Aviles instructions. They seem to all be good friends and enjoy their time together. Coach Aviles is the lone coach of the team. I asked him how that was working out and he told me the boys knew he was on his own so they had stepped up and helped him with whatever he needed.
I decided it was time to head out. I drove back through the lush grass to the gate and started to head out of town when I spied a car wash. Yep, paved streets two stores and a car wash! I had hit gold. My car had seen so many dirt roads, bugs and tree sap from parking under them for shade I was in desperate need of a car wash. I zoomed in and dug in my change stash. It only took a dollar fifty to use the foaming brush and power rinser to give my car a good going over. Not to mention I enjoyed getting a little misted myself in the August heat.
See you on the sidelines!
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