Road Trip from Maryland to Southern California

Summer ball is coming to a close, for me, that means planning for the road trip home.  I have a few things planned, but it doesn’t seem like it’s enough.  Since this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, I want it to be planned out well.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to go across the country and you don’t have a time limit, I suggest driving.  There are plenty of people who do it just for fun, why not turn your trip from just an expense, into an experience??? This post is for people who are looking for some pointers on things they should do, I won’t experience it all, but if you’re reading this and want a few pointers on how you should plan your trip, go ahead and contact me and I’ll help you out.

As of right now, this is my road map –

Road Trip map

I am driving with a buddy who lives near San Francisco so we mapped out the route we would take if we were going to his house as well as to my house.  I found that the road through Colorado, Utah and Las Vegas looks a lot more fun than the road through Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.

We are starting in Gaithersburg, MD and our first stop is at a friend’s house in Chicago.  I don’t have all the nearby baseball fields mapped out, only the ones who are home when we are driving though.  The first one is PnC Park.  From there we are going straight to Chicago, in Chicago you have the White Sox and the Cubs, along with a lot of other things to do…  You are also passing relatively close to Cleveland so you could go to a Cavs game.

From Chicago, the road through Iowa and Arkansas is pretty boring, I have the Field of Dreams, a matchstick museum and a small $20 zoo planned out if we want to do anything during that time.  The green dot is a camp ground, my buddy and I will have a tent and a grill, so we’ll be camping out a couple of our days.

 

From our stop in Arkansas, we are going to Denver to catch a Rockies game and found a $30 hotel (sketchy, I know, we might change our minds about that one) to sleep and shower.  From there, the three walking men are three hikes I have planned out.  Below are links to all three in order from east to west on the map –

Blue Lakes Trail

North Fork of Mill Creek

Zion Narrows Riverside Walk

I’m most excited for Blue Lakes Trail.  It is a three mile hike to a lake hidden away by mountains.  It looks beautiful.

From Colorado, we are going to Las Vegas where we will spend a night, then home. All in all, it will be a great time.  I’m sure on the way we will find more places to stop, and I’ll post an updated map of what we actually did.

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Summer Ball for High School Grads in California

Summer is when baseball thrives the most for kids who are still in high school or younger.  There is no school, the weather is nice and you have all the time in the world to play as much baseball as you can.

For high school graduates, the story can be a little different.  D1 ball players usually don’t have a hard time finding somewhere to play, but it’s still a tougher time.  To find a good league, they often have to travel across the nation and stay with a host family.  I’ve heard of a couple good leagues in California, but considering how many guys play baseball, there’s not enough.

For all the junior college guys, there needs to be more places where guys can stay home and play 40-50 games over the summer without having to worry about traveling or a place to stay.  There is a need for this, so the point of this blog post is to try and get someone to start thinking about a way to put something like this together.

This is for anyone who would like to help put a league like this together, exclusively for Junior College guys trying to go to a four year school on a scholarship.  I know that something like this would do a lot of good things for not only the players but also for the community.  If this were done well, the games could turn into revenue and there would be something in it for people running the league as well as the players.  If enough coaches would get involved, and people were to step into positions of power on each team, recruitment would be easy.  We could bring scouts to come out to see these players and money could be made at these baseball games.