Family · Travel · U.S.

Pennsylvania

It’s been an exhausting week! We have been going nonstop since we left Maryland. Saturday we drove to Philadelphia where the highlight of Israel’s day was eating a cheesesteak at Pat’s in South Philly.  It was featured on Man vs. Food and is supposedly the home of the original philly cheesesteak.

After filling our tanks we headed into the historic part of town. Our first stop was the U.S. Mint, unfortunately for us we went on a Saturday and it was closed. That was the third time we missed seeing how money was made, I suppose we’ll just never learn the secrets.

Philadelphia was quaint with all the old buildings, but I feel like we really missed opportunities for learning. We saw independence hall and the liberty bell but didn’t go inside either place due to long lines and having to buy tickets. We ended up just walking around the historic area a bit. I think a good guide would have greatly improved the experience.

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We left Philadelphia to stay with my kinda-cousin about an hour away near the Amish country. They have three kids and our little boys hit it off right away with their youngest son. Their middle son plays ice hockey and we were lucky enough to get to see him play a great game Sunday morning where his team came from behind to tie up the game in the final seconds. It was a very fast paced and exciting sport to watch.

After the game we surprised the boys with a trip to Hershey Park. There’s a pretty big amusement park there as well as Chocolate World. They loved it. Jovani, Joaquin, Israel, and I got to ride some roller coasters. We discovered in Rehoboth that Judah does not enjoy thrill rides, but he loved the kiddie rides.

We just arrived at our campground and I’m looking forward to a whole lot of nothing of the next couple of days.

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