This morning we checked out of our motel in Fishkill, New York and began our drive to Springfield, Massachusetts. For most of that drive, we avoided Interstate highways and drove on US routes and state routes. We did so intentionally, to avoid traffic and to see the towns and rural areas of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
A small portion of our drive in New York was spent on the Taconic State Parkway. After a brief spell on the Taconia State Parkway, we veered east to head into Connecticut. We spent a few hours this morning driving through northern Connecticut.
We arrived in Springfield, Massachusetts right on schedule at 10:00 AM. Our rural route, which avoided the major freeways, added 35 minutes to our morning drive. We didn’t mind the extra time. We like to roll through small towns and see the country. On many freeways these days, the scenery consists of sound barrier walls.
We came to Springfield, Massachusetts to visit the Basketball Hall of Fame. We arrived at the Basketball Hall of Fame as it opened at 10 AM. The crowd on this Friday morning was very light.
Our visit to the Basketball Hall of Fame lasted about two hours. I enjoyed the Basketball Hall of Fame more than I enjoyed the Baseball Hall of Fame when I visited Cooperstown in 2009. The exhibits at the Basketball Hall of Fame held my interest longer, and it was a great idea to have a court on the first floor where all visitors can shoot hoops. If I’m ever in the Springfield area again, I’d gladly make another visit to the Basketball Hall of Fame.