September 6, 2016


On Thursday, "I'm leaving on a Jet Plane"!  (I love those lyrics.)  I'm going on a trip called the Ultimate Game Day Weekend.  I did this trip last year with my cousin Carol.  She had a health scare this year and couldn't go.  The company I travel with, Jay Buckley Baseball Tours, is a great company.  They are well organized and family orientated; it makes it easy for me to travel alone.

This is what's included on the trip:

On Friday, we will journey down to Washington, DC to watch the World Series contenders Washington Nationals, led by reigning MVP Bryce Harper, take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

On Saturday, we travel to Annapolis, MD to witness one of the greatest traditions in college sports…our Naval Academy playing the University of Connecticut in football. We will enjoy a pregame tailgate and have a great location to watch the pregame traditions.

On Sunday, we will enjoy an afternoon game at the famous Yankee Stadium between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. Afterwards, we will enjoy the sights and sounds of Times Square.

On the last day of our trip, we will spend time at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park area and enjoy the many dining options of Reading Terminal Market. That night we will attend the first Monday Night Football Game of the 2016 NFL season featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.

Included features: Included in this tour is deluxe motorcoach transportation, hotel room for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights, tickets to all four games, breakfast every morning, tailgate food and beverages at the Navy game.

I'm flying into Baltimore from San Diego.  It's the first time I've flown out of SD,  I'll be sure to post lots of photos on  Instagram and Facebook, and do a post on the blog when I get home.  This time, instead of boarding the dogs, a family friend is staying at my house, with them.  He'll feed and walk them, and spend the night.
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July 1, 2016

Baseball Tour, continued

Next stop, Detroit.

Comerica Park is a wonderful ballpark, and it has Tigers!

I sure wouldn't try to take the ball away from this Tiger!

As I said, rain was predicted almost every day, and we kept lucking out!

Street art in Detroit.

I have a friend, Jan, who lives in Cincinnati.  I was pretty sure I wouldn't have any spare time while I was there, so I didn't let her know I'd be in town.  I was right, as soon as we got into town, it was game-time.  (I also would never ask anyone to spend money just to come and see me.)  But Jan found out and she and her husband Mark and friend Yvonne, got seats really near mine and we had a wonderful visit.  Jan and I have been blog and FB friends for about 9 years and this is the first time we've met IRL!.

This is the three of us, Yvonne, Jan, and Jan!

Cincinnati is called the Queen City.

Before the game, we visited The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.  It was mostly about Pete Rose because he was just inducted into the hall that week.

There were many interesting exhibits, including these giant bobbleheads.

 This is one wall of the Hall of Fame.

There was a downpour before the game, but the Reds ground staff was prepared.

Next, we went to Milwaukee,  I had a rough start to the day because it would have been Bob's 74th birthday.  But life goes on, and I know he would have been proud of me for carrying on.

Miller Park is a beautiful stadium.  We were treated to a pre-game Tailgate Party.  It was a lot of fun.

At the very top of the stadium, in nose-bleed territory, is a statue of Bob Uecker.  When one of the guys said he was going to climb to the top and get a photo of the statue, I decided to go with him.  I swear it seemed like One Million steps!  But, I made it!

This is a horrible photo, but I made it!

The view from the top of the park!

The next day, we were back in Chicago for a White Sox game.

It was a daytime game, so the Home Run Fireworks were hard to capture.

During the ballgame, this guy dozed off.  The game wasn't boring, he was just tired.

After the ballgame, we had a farewell dinner at Harry Caray's Downtown.

Chicago is a great town.

This is a photo of most of our group, some were camera shy.  I sure had a great time, and I'm looking forward to my next Jay Buckley Baseball Tour in September.
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June 30, 2016

Baseball Tour, the first half.

This post is going to be heavy on photos.  All of them from my cell phone, my Canon point and shoot, went missing somewhere between LAX and Chicago!   I'd had her for over 10 years, it was sad and bad timing, too.

The first day of the tour, we saw a Cubs game.  When the tour was planned, it was an afternoon game, but the time the tour rolled around MLB had changed it to a night-time game.

This is the company I toured with.  I highly recommend Jay Buckley's Baseball Tours.  They put together 26-28 trips a year.  This was my third trip with them, and I've already booked another trip, in September.

Selfie, at the elevator.

Since the scheduling had changed, they needed to fill up our day, before heading to the ballgame.  One stop was at the United Center, to see Michael Jordan's stature.  This statue is wonderful.  It emphasises how little chance his opponents had!  I always wear a shirt for the home team, unless my team is playing.

Our next stop was the Italian American Sports Hall of Frame.  It was very interesting.

Then we went to Chicago's Navy Pier.  We had lots of time to kill and it was time for lunch.  I love their Ferris Wheel.  This replacement was produced by the Dutch company that made the first one for the Navy Pier.

The next day we were in Cleveland for an afternoon game.

On these bus trips, it's important to find a landmark, so you can get back to the bus!

Progressive Field is a beautiful ballpark.

Every day on the bus. there were a couple of cribbage games, going on.  Me, I usually had my nose stuck in a book.

Then we were off to Pittsburg.  I love Pittsburg!   It's a city of rivers and bridges, and it's beautiful.

I could see Heinz Field from my hotel room.

This is a view of PNC Park, from across the river.

In the morning we had a tour of PNC Park.  The tour included the batting cages.  See that sign, only men touched the bats.  All the women resisted.

This is the view from the home team dugout.
Below, I'm posing with my new friend JoAn.

JoAn is a Californian, too.  On our bus of 54 people, 5 were from other countries, and 15 were from California!  We Californians like to travel!

After the tour of PNC park, we were back on the bus for a tour of Pittsburg.  The neat thing about this tour is that I saw all new sights.  (Different from the last time I toured.)  

 A couple of shots of Pittsburgh from an overlook.

And a couple of shots during the game.  We had rain threatened at every game, but we were very lucky.  No games were rained out, and 6 of the 8 home teams won!

The fifth day we went to Canada to see Niagra Falls!

Niagara Falls

American Falls

This photo was taken by my friend JoAn.  It's just perfect.

One of mine, of Niagara Falls.  They were really spectacular.  I was amazed that I really couldn't hear the roar of the falls.  I was expecting them to be noisy.

We had great seats at every ballgame.  At Rodgers Centre in Toronto, we initially had the sun in our eyes, but that didn't last long.

Russell Martin, on of my favorites, was catching for the Blue Jays.

The view from my seat, looking straight down the 2nd base line.

Toward the end of the game, this was our sky view.

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