Vajentic Family Western Odyssey: Week 5, Day 30 (Sunday, August 11)
After staying awake until 4 AM Saturday night, I slept until 12:00 noon. I debated on whether or not I wanted to go to the baseball game, and in the end decided that I shouldn't pass up the opportunity to see another Pirates game. Looking around the room, I realized I was out of clean underwear, so it was time to go commando. The game started in the middle of the afternoon, so prior to walking over to Coors Field, I walked down the 16th Street Mall. I was in search of an additional duffel bag for my accumulated luggage. I found a nice outlet store where I found a cheap Nike bag, so I purchased it along with some cologne. On my way to the stadium, I bought a club-level ticket from a scalper for $40. The game did not go well....again. The Pirates got on the board first, and I got to see Pedro Alvarez hit a home run early in the game, but a series of walks and miscues allowed Colorado to take a 3-2 lead by the bottom of the 8th. Uninspired, I left in disgust before the game was even over. Yep, I came to town with the Pirates on one of their best rolls in years, only to see them get swept by the mediocre, at best, Colorado Rockies. I took about a million pictures at the game on Saturday night, so I didn't even bring my camera to the game on Sunday. The best thing to come out of my Sunday experience at Coors Field was my binge upon expensive ballpark treats: carmel frappe, strawberry stick, hot dog, cajun fries and a diet coke. What a lunch! I walked back to the hotel to take a shower. After poking around the room for a little while, I went back out to walk around some more. Since this would be my final night of vacation, I wanted to pick a good place to eat. I was kind of looking for a place where I could also listen to some live music, but my options were limited on a Sunday evening. After consulting TripAdvisor, I settled on a place called Ocean Prime, which was listed as having a 'swanky seafood menu'. Seafood it was! I ordered scallops, ate, paid and went back to the hotel. I hung out in the hotel lobby for a little while, writing down a list of things that I wanted to focus on in the coming months, post-sabbatical. I went back to the room and decided to watch one more movie, Mud, starring Matthew Mcconaughey. After the movie, which I enjoyed, I got all of my stuff packed up and ready to go for the morning. I called for a wake-up call, just in case my phone alarm didn't work. Then, I hit the sack for my last night on the road.