Volleyball Vacations


By John Rezell

An entire volleyball team, coaches and parents packed more than a few tables shoved together at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle a few years ago, when the waiter asked the 14-year-old girls if they had any musical favorites they wanted to hear.

A lot of pop music requests followed, just as he figured, until one gal pipped up, “How about AC/DC’s Thunderstruck?”

The waiter burst out laughing and asked, “Whose daughter is this?”

My wife proudly confessed, and a few minutes later the place was rockin’.

As we closed out the Sports Events Vacations February issue I paused and took a trip down memory lane when driving around to youth volleyball tournaments gave us a chance to explore beyond the gymnasiums of a city.

I’m pretty sure our trip to Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture might have slightly influenced my daughter’s music selection that day. Well, that and more than a couple of AC/DC songs playing on the five-hour drive up from Eugene.


Gazing out across Puget Sound from the top of the Space Needle after a ride on the Seattle Center Monorail, or strolling through an ocean of fresh seafood in the Pike Place Market are great memories of Seattle.

When volleyball took us to San Francisco, we gorged on sensational ice cream at Ghirardelli Square and warmed up from the cold winds blowing off the Pacific Ocean with clam chowder in sourdough bowls at Boudin Bakery.

Fact is, I don’t remember much about the volleyball, per se. The other memories, though, they will last a lifetime.