Mitts and Monuments in DC


In 2017, my boys and I went on an amazing trip to Washington D.C. to watch the Nationals play the Angels. We did the typical sightseeing and a whole lot of walking. If you’ve never been to D.C before, you may think that the monuments would be close together, but, allow me to save you the callouses… they totally aren’t. It was worth it though. We spent our evenings on the lawn of a different monument each night.

The boys played catch with their new squishy ball that we picked up at the stadium, which is something we do every time we visit a new one. Other kids would come over to join them. Some would ask to kick the ball, while my son would try to show that we throw the ball, not kick it. Many of them were tourists who didn’t speak English, but it didn’t matter – he could still show them how to throw. They didn’t have to talk — their laughs and smiles spoke for them. I watched with excitement as they’d play and have a blast until it got dark.

We spent 3 days watching my boys’ favorite team – The Los Angeles Angels. My oldest was thrown 6 balls in one game! He was over the moon!

After the series ended, our adventure led us to Baltimore. We stayed across the street from the ballpark, and we met some wonderful people. During a game, we experienced rain and thunder like never before. But we came prepared for the rain with thick REI ponchos. We weren’t going anywhere! I remember being huddled up together, waiting for the rain delay to be over. Games like this can be long, but the interesting conversations I had with my boys that day made the time fly. We reminisced about the previous games, and we talked about where else we should go. I love hearing them get excited about where to go next.

I remember going to Maryland when I was in college. I went on my very first adventures outside of California during that time. Annapolis, MD was my first big trip with my Engineering class. As a kid, I was scared to travel and leave my parents. I don’t want my boys to be scared by what they don’t know. I want them to have the sense of adventure that I didn’t discover until I was in college.

We tried to fit a lot in a short amount of time but as I always tell them, it’s my job to take them places, it’s their job to go back. There was way more to see in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, but I hope that what we did experience sparked in them a desire to seek more and return one day.

— Lisa

Elisabeth Bridges