The Shoestring Catch

Baltimore Logistics
May 30, 2009, 4:31 am
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We left Silver Spring at 5:00PM. It is only a 30 mile drive to Baltimore, but with rush hour traffic and a thunderstorm, the drive took us the better part of two hours. For some reason I thought we would be fine on traffic since we were driving into Baltimore, but because everything is so close to everything else on the east coast, that also meant we were driving out of D.C. We were delayed because of rain, but that same rain delayed the start of the game, so we didn’t miss anything. It was a very “chicken and the egg” experience.

There was some very convenient $20.00 parking very close to the ballpark, but because this is the budget trip, we parked at a meter on the corner of S. Pine and W. Baltimore in the University of Maryland at Baltimore Medical Center. The meters in Baltimore cost $1.00/hour and run until 8:00PM on Mondays-Saturdays. Since we pulled into our spot at 7:03 we were only on the hook for a $1.00 of parking fees. It was a bit of a hike to the ballpark, but it was worth the money saved. Because of the University, this also felt like a fairly safe location to leave my car. We passed several police officers and many med students in scrubs on our walk to Camden Yards.

Apparently tonight was student night at the ballpark and all of the upper deck tickets were available at a discount with a valid student I.D. Since we are all less than a month out of college, we still have our I.D.s and we took advantage of this deal. All of the upper deck tickets were “sold out”, but we were able to buy $6.00 Standing Room Only tickets. This ended up being the best of all worlds because it was the cheapest ticket we could have bought, and because of the rain, there were plenty of empty seats for us to scavenge.

Something else we did not know (this is starting to become a theme of the trip) is that Friday night is fireworks night at Camden Yards. We were treated to a lovely 20 minute fireworks display after the game. It was a nice, unexpected bonus.


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