GNABRT Day 54 (retro) – By George, a Capital idea!

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GNABRT map - day 54Yesterday’s Great North American Baseball Road Trip was a travel day, so it really didn’t need to be squeezed in last night.  I may still consider another blog after tonight’s game, if time and energy support the idea.

It was a long trip from Toronto to Georgetown, but not as long as originally estimated.  What looked like a 10 hour trip was barely nine and I was actually forced to stop for a “fake” lunch in order to allow my hosts to get into town to meet me.

We’ll be playing some parking hot potato to enable me to scamper out extra early tomorrow to hopefully get into Philly before the city wakes up.  Of course, that will put me in about 4 hours before game time, but I’m hoping the hotel will allow me to do a small load of laundry even though I will be 6 hours before actual check-in.  I’ll need to wash the GNABRT t-shirt from what looks to be a sweaty night tonight.

The city:  Georgetown, Washington, D.C.  On the northwest side of D.C. and alongside the Potomac, it was founded in 1751 and originally part of Maryland.  It was in existence before D.C. was a D. and Washington was a city.  It took another 120 years before it officially became part of the D.C. group.

There are a lot of Georges in Georgetown’s history, giving people an opportunity to actually disagree over the origins of the city’s name.  The most prevalent argument is that the city was named for King George.  There were two city “founders” named George who some say the city was named after (and we’re not even going to mention the George whose last name is the same as the district).

The 19th century was all about shipping, with the river, and later a canal, serving to make Georgetown an important port for goods to pass through.  Between a flood and the omnipresent expansion of railroads, shipping disappeared in the city.

As the city aged, it became more of a “protected” and historic location, leaving the many old buildings untouched by most modern cities’ style and construction changes.  As such, the city provides a fascinating walk back in time and serves as an excellent backdrop for unique dining and shops.

Miscellany of Day 54:

– As I neared the United States border, fog began showing around the highway.  Once across the border into Buffalo, it became thick and impressive.  Lights on, everyone!

– The pass through back to the U.S. was quick and easy, quite a bit different from the entry to Canada.  I draw no conclusions.

– While driving through Pennsylvania, I saw a sign on one little town’s church:  “I wish Noah had swatted the two mosquitoes”.  I draw no conclusions.

– I tried to make a hot spot of my phone and failed.  I didn’t realize you have to pay extra for that function.  No thanks.

Tonight is the Nationals game and then, as mentioned above, off to Philly.  Then New York for two more games and then Boston, making it 5 games in 5 days (Philly, New York and Boston are day games).  I hope to be able to take the “spare” day in Boston to make a run at Cooperstown, though the next day is a long drive to Baltimore, so we’ll see.

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