I am taking on a blog challenge because the theme is right up my alley – dream baseball road trip. Road trips are the best, especially since I absolutely love sleeping in a moving car going 50+ miles an hour on an open highway. And it just so happens my bucket list includes a road trip down the east coast to see the sites I read about in my high school American history class. Combining these two areas of interest and sprinkling in a little geocaching along the way (so I can earn new state badges for my profile) would make this one for the books.
My trip would start in Philadelphia, home to the Phillies who play in Citizens Bank Park. According to Wikipedia, this team, founded in 1883, is the “oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports.” Of course, I would pay a visit to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Constitution was signed. Being a huge fan of Philly cheesesteaks, I wouldn’t be able to leave town without first trying a sandwich from each of the famed arch-rivals, Pat’s and Geno’s. Then I could finally decide for myself which one was truly the best.
From Philly, I would journey east to Gettysburg to explore the famous Civil War battlefield before my next stop in Baltimore, where I would catch my second game of the trip at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Hopefully, there would be a chance for me to spot a real live Oriole (the bird not the baseball player) so I could check it off my life list. Nearby Fort McHenry, the defense of which served as the inspiration for the lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner, would be a definite must-see.
The flag itself is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., one of my favorite American cities. The fact that my little sister lives there makes the city even more special. Going to a Nationals game together would be a ton of fun. And she tells me that D.C. is known for sausage delicacies called half-smokes so I would need to hunt some down. Given the state of affairs, I had better squeeze in a tour of the White House before the window of opportunity is closed forever. Never in a million years did I think I could lose the ability to tour this iconic landmark when I skipped a visit in the late 1990’s thinking it would always be there for me. As I grow older, I have learned to grab every opportunity that comes my way because one never knows when it might come along again.
Since I was a little girl, I have been intrigued with Scarlett, Rhett, and Tara. I remember being giddy with excitement anticipating the annual airing of Gone with the Wind on television (before VCR’s, cable tv and DVD players were commonplace). Finally having the chance to see Atlanta in person and visit Margaret Mitchell’s home on Peachtree Street, where the novel was written, would be incredible. To round out my trip, I would tour the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and dine on some low country boil and boiled peanuts before attending my final baseball game at Turner Field to end my dream baseball road trip.
Now that I have an actual itinerary, I realize that I probably need to win the lottery in order to have enough days off and money to afford the myriad of hotel rooms required to make this happen! But a girl can still dream…