I did gain an appreciation for driving. Although I have made numerous trips to Florida and Colorado, it has always been in a car. I do not have a fear of flying, but I would rather get somewhere when I want and be able to come and go as I please. I am also somewhat of a tight wallet. Driving is a lot easier on the funds when you have a family of four.
If you have read my blog before, you know I drive all over the place for my baseball fix. Early this month I drove 16 hours to attend Cardinals spring training. I will also drive 2-3 hours numerous times each summer to watch minor league baseball. This past weekend my son and I made the 2.5 hour drive to the west side of St. Louis. Every year one of the local sporting goods store has a baseball expo where you can try out new equipment. There is also a former Cardinals player who signs autographs for free. 2 years ago we went to this when Brian Jordan was there. The crowd was not too big and Jordan was very friendly. This year the former Cardinal was Ray Lankford. I had him autograph some things at the Cardinals WWU in January, but you cannot pass up a free signing with your favorite player.