Morning Peace

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Second Hand Gymnastics Report


Adventure Location:

Decatur, Alabama

Date: September 16, 2023

We had nasty rain this morning as the OFM Teams made their way to the gymnastics competition over in Huntsville. The traffic was very heavy. When we got to the competition location and tried to park there was no parking places available. It had already filled the gym lots and the overflow lot next door at the tractor dealer. And the OFM was at least a half hour early. As it turns out two sets of folks we know had beat us there by about fifteen minutes and they got parking but very nearly the last couple of spots.

With the help of several nice folks guiding us carefully, we got turned around and went out the driveway to the frontage road, we looked left and got a rough count of thirty vehicles lining the frontage road waiting for an open spot to park in the overfull lot.

So we did all we could think of and went back to the Castle 30 miles away. Now we know that these events will be crowded and we will be better prepared for the next one.

The rest of the day was spent coloring, talking to friends, looking at future travel options and later in the day looking at pictures of the competition that Piper's dad had taken and sent to us. She did well but found out what she really needs to work on also. The next competition is a couple of road hours away and may conflict with the repairs on the Castle but we hope not. We want to attend one of the competitions in person to FEEL the competition.

Tonight is a good night to practice getting rid of frustrations and prep for a great day of trying to have tooooo much fun tomorrow.


  1. Sorry you were not able to find a parking spot, Barney. Sometimes things just do not work out & frustration wins. It's so hard to feel you let a loved one down. Been there. Don't beat yourself up. Piper knows you tried and most importantly loves you! Like you said, try something else next time. Is it possible to ride with the kids?

    1. The family and I and the other family members that could not get parking either had a pleasant discussion about the situation. No solutions but get there an hour and a half early next time.