River Bandits 3rd baseman, Sam, was a big hit with us!! We met Sam at his neighborhood ball field with his family for a “pitch and catch”. If I threw it over the plate he nailed it. Sam had an aorta issue when he was very young and Tiffany, his Mom, said they almost lost him. He did lose his leg below the knee. This energetic 10 year old loves baseball and with his CAF grant he is getting specialized coaching and a ball machine to improve his skills. I wanted to keep playing ball with him (instead of riding) as he was so into it and the day together was perfect!
The local media came out and covered our visit (Ted the CBS Sports Director was formerly at KUSI!), plus the local newspaper reporter (young woman named Sam!) ernestly spent time interviewing us and taking many pictures. While I explained CAF’s involvement , Sam was the real star ⭐️. He comfortably told his story and charmed us all!
Tiffany, Sam , his Grandmother Laurie and Sam’s brothers and sisters were all there ( taking a day off school) to celebrate Sam’s grant on this beautiful Montana day! We also have connected Sam with Eduardo ( CAF mentor) who lives in Bozeman to help encourage Sam as he pursues his love of sports. Great day , great young man , great family and Sam has a great arm!
Old Faithful (the geyser) blew its top at 3 minutes past 1:23pm , its anticipated erupting time! Yellowstone is enormous and full of wildlife; Bears, Bison, Elk , Deer , Eagles and Asian Tourists were every where!!
Mama Grizzly Bear and her cub were spotted from a safe distance😬! We spent the entire day driving through this magnificent national park. The thermal geyser pools were fascinating and breathtaking. After a very sunny day at Yellowstone and meeting Sam we were back on the road. The temps hit the mid 80’s and while we had a headwind slowing us down the breeze kept us cooler. I have now ridden over 1,000 miles , averaging 14 mph and nearly 4 hours of “seat time” per day (My poor rump is feeling it!) and I’ve been locked out of the RV multiple times😳. The athletes we have met and sheer beauty we witness every day are fuel for our souls. We wouldn’t trade this experience for anything👍! Thanks for your comments , encouragement , and following along with us and of course for your generous donations to CAF😊!! Onward🚴