Friday, July 8, 2011

How I spent my Summer Vacation ...

Every year we try to plan an adventure for the grandkids who come visit us. Last year it was a camping trip to Maine, fresh lobsters, Vermont and Ben & Jerry's.

We asked the 9 year old what he would like to do this summer ... and he requested a trip to Philadelphia. What did he want to do in Philadelphia?  Two things:  run up the stairs that "Rocky" ran up, and see the Liberty Bell. We're an easy day trip away from Philadelphia, so we made plans.

A Saturday morning drive up, a hotel downtown. We chose the Fourth of July weekend, which wasn't crowded in Philadelphia, surprisingly. First stop: The Philadelphia Art Museum and the "Rocky Stairs". A picture with the "Rocky Statue". Philly Cheesesteaks for dinner. A walk over to the Liberty Bell. Walked down to the riverfront, and listened to the Army Band for a bit. A quick vote:  Fireworks or back to the hotel for an evening swim in the pool ... swimming won!  The next morning we visited the Carpenter's Hall. The grandson was excited to think that Benajamin Franklin and George Washington could have stood on the very spot he was standing ... a little awestruck. Another meal of Philly Cheesesteaks.

The drive home took us by the Outlet Malls to do some school clothes shopping, and we found some great sales. Imagine buying a sweater for .24 -- yup, that's 24 cents.

Met friends at Stoney's Kingfishers in Solomon's, Maryland. Some baby ducks swimming around in the water, good food and better company. Crab cakes were yummy, as was the Cream of Crab soup. Our first meal there -- we'll definitely make a return visit.

Notice the "Rocky Shirt" on the young man!

It's always amazing to me how quickly the time passes when the Charming Grandkids are with us. Seems like they just got here and it's time for them to go home. We'll make our annual trip to Florida for the Charming Husband's training class ... then zoom up to Missouri, drop off the kids and zip back home.

Wonder what adventures we'll find along the way?

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