For the moment I’m going to temporarily skip
over a significant part of my trip (the actual tournament) and move on to what happened
the next morning…or the same morning if you want to be technical. Because this
was an overnight tournament playing from 1:00-5:00 am it meant that by the time
I got to check into my hotel for the night it was really the following morning
and I had been up traveling and tagging for 27 hours straight. And since we’d
be playing the same hours the next night it’s logistically tricky to make a
sensible hotel reservation. To save me from having to pay for a second night’s
stay at the hotel Skywalker was kind enough to offer me a place to crash after
my checkout at noon, but the thing about travel is that it throws your body
clock so out of whack that even though I went to bed at 6:00 in the morning I
was somehow up and ready to go again by 10:00 am. So, rather than spend the day
sleeping (I could do that on the plane going home) I took that second wind and
figured out where I could play some tag during the day. Just FYI, this is what
I do during most tournaments…go play tag elsewhere during the break! But since
I played south of Fort Wayne the day before it seemed “sensible” (in quotes
because I’m not sure that’s the right adjective) to drive as far north into
Michigan as I could and tag my way back south to return in time for tournament night
two of BFTF.
So I drove about three hours up to Holland,
Michigan and my first stop of day two was to The Lost City. This place is rather
aptly named. You see, it’s located inside a really cute shopping area that is
designed to look a little like its own little town, but the plaza is large enough
that I had to drive around it a bit. Thank goodness for a birthday parent with
balloons walking by…always a good sign you’re near a tag facility! So I
followed in that same direction and found my way to The Lost City!
This is a very cool arena. Inside the briefing
room there is a 3D map.
I was told the owner designed the 5000 square
foot arena himself and it is not only visually stunning with a lot of really
detailed artwork throughout, but it’s also architecturally different from most
arenas I’ve played.
There are three ramps on each side to access
the second level. Two ramps lead you to the top center where one of the bases
is located (good use of the levels for sure).
The other ramps lead you to one of two
octagonal platforms on each side of the higher levels. I’d actually liken them
to little rooms on each side.
This site was using Nexus, but the shot speed
was quite fast (because kids don’t care about accuracy) and they cut like
butter with good, strong beams. They felt well maintained.
We played a fast-paced game and on the way out
I admired the beautiful wall art.
I had a great time at The Lost City and thought
this was a great start to the day!