Sunday, April 17, 2016



We stayed at Langley AFB FAMCAMP about an hour drive to Richmond. We saw the Virginia Capitol Building and three National Park in one day. On our way out of Virginia we make a stop to see  The Cleveland Indians High A minor league affiliate Lynchburg Hillcats.  

State Capitol 

First stop was the Capitol Building. The dome is small and can't be seen from the street level. The entrance is unique then an other Capitol Building we have been. The entrance is from the street  where you walk underground until you reach the inside of the building. When the Capitol Building had remodel work done, there was rotten wood and water leaking behind the walls. This gave them the two year remodeling to place the underground entrance.  

3 National Parks

Next, we headed to Maggie L Walker, born in 1864 this African-American was born free. At an earl age she found her place in the church St Luck. She would go on to graduate high school, further her education at night after work all day. She was the key to the success of the community where she started black business in town next to successful white businesses. She would go on the be the first African-American woman to be president of a bank. Other while known African-American like Booker T Washington would visit  Maggie in her home. In her latter years, she was confined to  wheelchair, but that did not stop her. She had wheels placed on her living room chair so when other saw her at home she did not look like someone who could not walk, but someone who was still work hard for the community.

After a quick lunch break we were only a few block from the Chimborazo Medical Museum, We wanted to see the Richmond National Battlefield, but that is located in a different area. Chimborazo is part of the Richmond NBP so it was still good.  Wounded soldiers would stay here to recover. The wounded was separated in hospital tent by the state they were born. If the soldiers made it to Chimborazo after miles of traveling in house back wagons they had a 98% chance of recover from their wounds or amputations.  

The last National Park for the day was close to our campground at Colonial Parkway. There is a 23 miles driving path to several battle sites along the bypass to Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. If you see one open battlefield they all start to look the same open fields. However, the Yorktown National Park visitor center has a battlefield next to the building and is the location where the French along with the American forces fought to won the battle over the British.


Arrived at Calvin Falwell Field two and a half hours before the gates opened. Good thing we did because when we arrived we went to the top level of the parking lot that was one way. I had to ask the worker in the ticket window to help me move the parking barrier gates so I could turn into the lower level of the parking lot. I missed the turn when we pulled in to go down to the lower level. They had us park on the far side of the parking lot on a hill. I had to use my tier block just to be safe that the RV did not roll down the hill.

There is a $2 discount of tickets with a military ID. Calvin Falwell Field marks my 60th different baseball stadium I have been to, to see a game.

I was hoping to see BP, but the weather must have been to cold. The team did not have BP on the field, they must have had BP inside the cage. I did find a ball while walking to the gates. I was able to get 10 autographs before and after the game. The Hillcats Anthony Santanders shattered his bat in three pieces during the game. After the game I asked him for the bat and he pulled it out of the dugout trashcan to give to me on his way to the clubhouse. The name on the bat was Francisco Mejia. He is currently the Cleveland Indians number ten minor league prospect. Now I got to get him to sign the bat. If I don't see him this season (currently plays for Lake County Captains in OH), definitely in Arizona spring training 2017.

It has been hard for me to get autographs and take pictures at the same time. So I got a GoPro chest strap so I could record getting autographs. The video turned out pretty good for the first time using it. I'm hopping to get enough video to make a really good baseball Youtube video someday. FYI, Lynchburg Hillcats (Indians) won 5-4 over Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox).


West Virginia, but saw snow and made a U Turn.

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