Monday, July 30, 2012

Cape May/Philly...Saturday

Saturday morning we awoke to finish packing and start loading the car.  Andy is such a sweetheart and know how much I love Cape May...and how much I hate leaving...so he offered to let me take the boys to the beach 1 last time while he finished loading the van and cleaning up.  Isn't he wonderful?

Snapped this photo of our beachhouse, as Grant calls it.

 
 It was a quiet morning at the beach...the tide was way out...and there was a tidal pool...Grant loved playing in it...it was the first time it was there (maybe due to some rain that night)

 The boys and I jumped in the calm waves and cherished our last few moments...Seth even wrote in the sand.
 Then...quick showers and loaded the last few things.  We are so grateful to Nana and Oompa for providing the housing for the week...it truly was another week of memories we will never forget.  They have the joy of staying 1 more week as 6 of their friends came up for another week...I'm sure the dynamics and noise level will be quite different.
 We stopped by the Point to see the sunken concrete ship and walk around a little...it was really hot and not a lot of air was moving.  


After lunch at a local spot, we drove about 2 hours into downtown Philly.  We pricelined the hotel and ended up at a Sheraton.   We had a little adventure, as I went to park the van while Andy checked in.   Our family truckster was TOO tall for the parking garages.   I must have drove around for 45 minutes.  At 1 point, Grant and I were trapped inside a gated lot and couldn't get out (had to find security to lift the gate).  Finally, after making 5 trips past the front door of the hotel, the parking attendant said we could just leave it right along the front curb (you know, where the cabs are and where people get in and out of their vehicles)  It made us a little nervous...but he didn't ask to keep the keys so we gave it shot. Luckily it was still there (and made for easy access when we realized we forgot things in there 2 times)

We thought we would have family nap hour...but realized that if we wanted to see the sights, we would need to get going.  So...we put on our walking shoes and headed the 15 blocks to the Historic District.  It was an interesting walk...Philly is a unique city.

We stood in line to see the Liberty Bell


and then got in line to see Independence Hall.  We just had to wait in line for about an hour for a 15 minute abbreviated tour.  Of course it started to rain...Grant was quite the trooper for being exhausted.

Once inside, we saw the courtroom and the room where the Declaration was signed.  It was a good thing we didn't have 30 minute tour tickets...cause Grant couldn't even make it through the 15 minute tour.
Independence Hall
Then...we walked about 4 more blocks and saw Christ Church (where Franklin was buried) and did the tourist thing and had a Philly Cheese steak in Philly!   Grant was exhausted and slept on Andy's lap through dinner!   I must add....sandwiches in downtown Philly are a little pricey...$40 for 3 sandwiches, 4 drinks and a bag of chip.  YIKES!

Since we were all tired and wet we didn't want to tackle the 20 block walk home....found a subway that would at least get us within 4 blocks of the hotel.  Seth LOVED it...he wanted to ride it all night long.

On the walk home we found a courtyard with giant size game pieces...kinda fun!
and the LOVE statue too!

We were all wiped out....we got cleaned up, put on our jammies and layed in bed and watched the Olympics.   And case you were wondering...Grant ate his dinner on the walk back to the hotel!

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