Monday, June 29, 2009

2009 East Coast Trip - Day 11 - Philadelphia

The plan for the day was to visit historic downtown Philadephia. After a morning work-out and another great meal from Pat and Bernard, we loaded everyone (Bernard, Pat, Sharon, Jack, Ryan, Brianna and I) into their vehicle and headed into town.

We took a guided walking tour of the historic downtown, including Independence Hall, Carpenter's Hall, Christ Church, Elfreth's Alley, Ben Franklin's Grave, and the Betsy Ross House. After the walking tour, we went through the Liberty Bell Center where the Liberty Bell is now located.

I wanted to walk back to a couple of sites that we had seen on the walking tour. We headed back to Christ Church. George Washington's pew is marked in the Church. Sharon and I sat in the pew for a while and studied the inside of the church. It is amazing to think that Washington sat in this spot more than 200 years ago.

From there, we wandered back to Elfreth's Alley. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the country, dating back to the early 1700s.

We had a very late lunch at Rotten Ralph's, including a couple of philly cheese steaks.

Sharon had gotten directions to the grave of her great grandmother; her mother's father's mother. After about 30 minutes of searching and a phone call to Tom, I was able to find the marker. We cooled off with some Philly Ices.

On the way back from downtown, we went into Valley Forge National Park. I was surprised to find Valley Forge in this part of the region. We drove through the park and made a couple of stops. It was interesting to walk through the reconstructed cabins that the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-78. The park has some great hiking and bike trails. I would love to come back some time and go for a long run.

We ended the night in the kitchen visiting with Pat and Bernard. By the time, we crashed it was after 11:30 p.m.

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