8/30/2014 – A League of Their Own

 

Bath/NY: Beyond the Interstate

Bath/NY: Beyond the Interstate

 

Take advantage of I-86 proximity, but turn south again onto US-15, enter Pennsylvania, and drive through gorgeous rolling Appalachian mountain scenery: inclining/declining view, small, isolated farms; shade-seeking livestock; inviting creeks… Reality perfecting a series of “rural America” clichés.

 

 

 

Roll into cloud-menaced Williamsport/PA. First impressions suggest still another “hard-scrabble” racially-mixed mill town fallen upon “hard times”. Drive through downtown halts as a formidable stone jail, with a prominent “The Cell” sign turns out to be an eatery. Wandering farther find an indented parking lot between several buildings covered with murals of local history.

Wlliamsport/PA: Bullfrog Brewery = parking lot wall murals

Williamsport/PA: Bullfrog Brewery – parking lot wall murals

Williamsport/PA: "The Cell" - jail turned eatery

Williamsport/PA: “The Cell” – jail turned eatery

 

 

 

Williamsport/PA: Bullfrog Brewery - interior

Williamsport/PA: Bullfrog Brewery – interior

 

Williamsport/PA: Bullfrog Brewery - interior

Williamsport/PA: Bullfrog Brewery – interior

Pop into Bullfrog Brewery to lunch and am surprised at upscale crowd. Owner Sam spins a yarn of starting in restaurant business, heading west to learn microbrewery processes, returning “home” to convince his parents to co-sign an SBA loan (will be discreet and not mention WHICH parent reminded him mowing a lawn as a child had taxed Sam’s skills at completing a project), and, finally, getting a “deal” on vats and a 150-year-old walnut bar. Eighteen years later, Sam says “The rest is history”, before directing me toward original and current Williamsport Little League World Series Parks.

Williamsport/PA: Little Leaggue World Series Park - scoreboard & "Casey at the Bat" sculpture

Williamsport/PA: Little Leaggue World Series Park – scoreboard & “Casey at the Bat” sculpture

Williamsport/PA: Little League World Series Park - field/stadium

Williamsport/PA: Little League World Series Park – field/stadium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave Williamsport and embark on “one hell of a journey” toward Philadelphia. Obviously, the lady on my GPS is on drugs as she directs me on a bizarre route. As a cloudy day turns darker, and finally, black, struggle on narrow, car-clogged back streets before finding sanctuary in Fairmont Park’s Chamounix Mansion’s uncrowded youth hostel.

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