Vol. 1: Strategic Distancing, Both Physical and Mental Health
Logan Morrison is a professional baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers. Logan’s love of travel and adventure makes him the ideal client of D. Alexander. One of the ways in which Logan prepares in the offseason is to travel to his favorite destinations. He loves the ocean, the beach, and the mountains. He loves to get away from the grind of professional sports to rejuvenate, relax, and spend time with his wife and kids. With the recent pandemic, travel took on a whole new meaning for him and his family.
D. Alexander recently caught up with Logan regarding his stay at the Destination Isolation retreat in Sedona, Arizona.
You grew up playing baseball. How has baseball and the discipline of playing professional sports helped you during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Playing any sport at a professional level requires not only physical discipline, but a mental regimen that keeps you going when your body is wanting to quit. Recent news articles have reported on how many people are unfortunately struggling with depression and physical ailments from being in quarantine. I think the physical and mental demand of being a professional athlete has helped during this scary time. My hope is that those who are sheltering-in-place stay healthy both physically and mentally because it can be a real challenge at times. I am grateful for my athletic training, as I feel it has helped me during this time of pandemic.
Did all the travel with baseball give you the travel bug?
Baseball has given me the incredible opportunity to travel. I am an adventurer by nature, so I am always up to explore and get out to see things I have never seen. The fact that there is so much to see and places to explore, we have an obligation to take care of our planet--not to abuse it--so that future generations can do the same. I think my travel bug comes natural. I am a military child, so constant moves and new places were the norm in my life. This is probably why in my journey to the pros in baseball, with the constant travel and the many places I lived, I never got homesick. As the saying goes, ’Home is where the heart is.’ So, as long as I have my wife and kids and a cool place to stay, it’s all good.
How did you find out about D. Alexander?
My agent found the property for us. The baseball season was up in the air due to the pandemic, so I thought, ‘Let’s hit the road and go to beautiful Sedona, Ariz.’ I believe everything happens for a reason, and we end up in this cool D. Alexander place in the desert. Incredible!
How did the pandemic change your approach to travel?
Due to my military childhood and baseball, I have developed a love for traveling by car. We drove everywhere as a kid. So, car travel is pretty second nature when it comes to traveling. Since we really could not fly due to travel restrictions, we hopped in the car and drove to our destination. And now more than ever, due to the baseball season and pandemic restrictions, I am more cognizant of where I travel and the need to have access to a workout facility to train for baseball.
If there is one thing you could share with your friends and fans about travel, what would it be?
If this destination is as good as the journey, you are in a great spot. I relate this to my own journey to the major leagues. The journey there was a total grind, and I thought I hated it. But, as I reflect back on those times in the minor leagues, I miss hanging out with my teammates in the clubhouse. You don’t have much of that in the big leagues because most of us have families. But, the perks of being able to travel and enjoy getting away is a definite plus of where I am at now, and I love sharing that with family and friends. So, get away with your family and friends!
What is on the travel horizon in the future and what other D. Alexander locations are you scoping out?
I think the future for us will have to require some flexibility since baseball season is still being worked out. This is the great thing about D. Alexander; they have homes on the ocean, in the mountains, and in the desert. So, it’s good to know that wherever we end up, we will be able to find a place that works for us. Regarding the locations we are scoping out, definitely The Smoky Mountains. I played baseball for a time in the Carolinas and we loved driving through the mountains. So, we are looking forward to spending some time in the D. Alexander getaways in the Smoky Mountains.
Why are you such a fan of Destination Isolation and D. Alexander?
Because I enjoy the fact it is what it says it is. The houses are exactly what I see in the pictures online. I have not been disappointed. The houses are in incredible areas with great outdoor spaces that my kids enjoy. Destination Isolation is a 5-minute walk to the downtown areas and 10 minutes to the trail.