08.09.16 A day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

20160807_110035Tuesday, August 9, 2016 –  On Sunday we arrived mid afternoon at Quakerwoods Campground in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.  On Monday we toured Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

We first went to the Independence Visitors Center where we picked up our tour tickets for Independence Hall.  It is located on Independence Mall at 6th and Market streets.  The tickets were free but since they say they sell out fast I went online and purchased them for a $1.50 each fee.  Still feels almost free. Instead of parking in the garage there Roy parked on the side of the building and I ran in to pick up our tickets.

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We then went to Independence Hall (about a block or two away).  Independence Hall holds monumental significance to the development of our nation. In 1776, the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in the building’s Assembly Room. Just 11 years later, representatives from a dozen states met here to lay the framework for the U.S. Constitution.

First you go through the security tent where your pocket and purse contents are x-rayed.

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Photos of the exterior of Independence Hall.  Check out my new red shirt, I’ll write more about that later!

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Before the tour we entered the East Wing where we were told all about what we were going to see.  The painting below is a recent reproduction of the original scene.

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Silver inkstand used for the signings.20160808_142351

The original Declaration of Independence is in Washington.  This one is one of the 100 copies made from the original when it was first signed.  It is under very dim light and no flash is allowed20160808_142301

This is the room where the Declaration of Independence was put together and signed.  The objects on the table were actually used by the signers.   This room is the background on the 2 dollar bill.  Roy had one in his wallet and brought it out for all to see!20160808_140851 20160808_140832 20160808_140751 20160808_140708

This courtroom is across the hall.  The first photo is where the accused or the prisoner stood during the trial.  This is where the term “standing trial” came from.  Cool!20160808_140502

The room itself is beautiful and very symmetrical.20160808_140329 20160808_140133 20160808_140128 20160808_140124 20160808_140057 We also toured Congress Hall (next door) where the first House of Representatives and first Senate met.  It’s a smaller version of the current halls of Congress. We saw the House of Representatives side, not the Senate side because that area was being worked on.

congress-hall-house-of-reps-5x720160808_144318 20160808_144517There are plenty of opportunities for touring the area.  Two of them are Ride the Duck and horse drawn carriage rides.  If you’ve  never done “Ride the Duck” I highly recommend it. We did it a few years back and loved it!  We still have our duck quacker!

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Down the street was the Liberty Bell, originally used to call the Pennsylvania Assembly to meetings. It was later adopted by abolitionists, suffragists and Civil Rights advocates, making it a symbol used by many today. The bell, which is free to visit year-round, draws people from around the nation to snag a photo in front of the soaring glass walls overlooking Independence Hall.

The front of the bell with the famous crack.

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The other side of the bell without a crack.

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The beautiful flowery view behind the Liberty Bell looking towards Independence Hall.

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20160808_152150We originally planned to visit next the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky made his triumphant run!  Then we planned to eat some real Philly Cheesesteak at a local restaurant. HOWEVER, right after I took the photo below Roy said “Honey, look at your left side.”  I did and saw that the entire left side of my brand new shirt (the one in the photos above) had burst open and there it all was!!!  I grabbed a hand full of shirt to cover up some and we changed all our plans.

20160808_153529 All of these streets in this area are like this or with small round stones in the street.  Guess they are both considered cobblestones.  Sure makes the cars bounce around! 20160808_153201

Next came the shock of finding out that the two hours we were there cost us $24 to park.  I was not a happy camper. The name of the parking garage was Curtis something.  DO NOT STAY THERE unless you are rich!

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We found a Rite Aid where Roy bought safety pins for my torn blouse and hooked me all up.  A little tacky but I was no longer exposed!  We ate at Wendy’s and Roy was able to get a hair cut on our way home.

The home in Philadelphia in the areas we rode through were unique and I got photo shots of some of them.

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Lots looked like these two.  Rows after rows of these narrow two story homes.20160808_161733 20160808_162906

That’s it for our time in Philadelphia – it was a great day!

Now on to Gettysburg Battlefield Resort where we will live for two weeks.  Lots to see and do around there, can’t wait to get started!! A little of the sights on the road to Gettysburg.  Lots of farmland and we passed by the exit to Hershey, Pa!!!  Yum!!

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I am learning how to create my own scripture quotes so hopefully soon you’ll see some of God’s words in my creations!

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08.07.16 FMCA Convention in West Springfield, Massachusetts

ese-gallery-history-01Sunday, August 6, 2016 – We arrived on Tuesday morning, August 2nd on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, known locally as the Big E.  The Big E is a massive place with several convention buildings all being used by the Family Motor Coach Association for this Convention which RVers know as a “Rally.”

The photos below are of the main expo center and several of the buildings along the Avenue of States that are not even on the aerial photograph of the Big E.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe helped Curtis set up our booth on Tuesday.  Wednesday the convention started and we worked 1 pm to 5 pm.  Thursday Friday and Saturday we worked 9 am to 5 pm.  Ours was the “RVillage” booth.  FMCA members are mostly older folks our age and much older.  Most of them have not heard of RVillage. I can say that most all of them at the Rally know who we are and a lot have signed up to be RVillagers.

We smiled, introduced ourselves and shared the RVillage love all day every day.  We truly loved every minute of it, mostly because we love RVillage.  We are beyond exhausted right now (Saturday evening) since we just left the exposition hall for the last time and are now back, enjoying our wonderful Dora who hasn’t seen much of us these last few days!

Curtis and one of our RVillage Ambassadors Jim Hollis (Jim is the FMCA Chaplain). Jim and his wife Jan were delightful to visit with.  20160806_122811

Curtis put on two RVillage seminars.  I attended this one with him and operated the computer showing the attendees all about RVillage.com.20160805_135636

A tiny bit of the the main exposition building.20160804_154700

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Our RVillage booth showing my boss Curtis in one photo, Roy in another and me in one!20160804_115058 20160804_105347 20160804_105025

One of the booths adjoining ours!20160803_131534

One night we went out to dinner on the convention center grounds in an area of old New England homes in Storrowtown Village.  The restaurant was the Storrowtown Tavern.  If you’re from Hammond the inside was similar to Jacmel Restaurant with the big fireplace and old wooden floors.  I enjoyed Yankee Pot Roast and Roy enjoyed Fish (cod) and Chip.  As we walked out the restaurant door we were surprised by some wonderful jazz music being played in the Storrowtown Square Gazebo.  Everyone brings their lawn chairs and claps and taps along with the music.  20160804_174319 20160804_174146 20160804_190554 20160804_190603 20160804_190637 20160804_190706

RVillage was so well received that our booth stayed very busy through out the convention so we all needed to be there most of the time. Roy was able to attend two seminars, Catepillar Diesel maintenance seminar and the Cummins Onan Generator maintenance seminar. He learned an awful lot from these two seminars.  The Spartan Chassis seminar was the main one Roy wanted to attend but it was scheduled at the same time the seminar Curtis and I did so Roy was needed at the RVillage booth and couldn’t go to that seminar.

Other than visiting the other booths we were also able to walk through dozens of new motor homes.   FMCA is predominantly Class A motor home owners, so that is what was for sale here.  The ones inside right by us were Entegra motor homes.  The ones like ours (Fleetwood) and other brands were all around the grounds outside.  I want to share with ya’ll what some of them look like but that will come next time.  These are motor homes ranging from $200,000 to $675,000!

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