Day 5 // Philadelphia pt. 2

Philly pt. 2!!

We got up earlyish and decided to hit downtown Philly to take in some culture and history! We headed to the US Mint first. It took us forever to find parking. Like forever. We should have predicted it because it is a holiday weekend after all but it still seemed like a lot of effort for parking. Once we finally a lot that was open, we decided we weren’t moving the car until it was time to leave and that we were going to walk around and see all of Philly that we wanted to make the parking worth it. Dramatic, I know.

I’m pretty sure they must not let you take pics inside the Mint because neither Mark or I have pics from inside. It was a pretty cool self guided tour that took us about 25 minutes to do. In theory, the mint is always making coins and anytime you would visit it, you could see it in action. You basically walk around a catwalk above the production floor and look down on everything. It seemed like a slow day but it did seem like things were happening when we were there. There were interactive displays and computers that told you everything you were seeing below you and we learned a decent amount.

United States Mint!

United States Mint!

Mark on his phone of course, but outside the Mint again!

Mark on his phone of course, but outside the Mint again!

Since we were super close to the Liberty Bell, we figured we would go check out what kind of line we were dealing with wait it out. As we were talking through the area where we thought the Liberty Bell was, there were hundreds, if not thousands of people standing in a line. Oh boy. Our hearts sank a little bit because there were just so many people. I asked one of the people who looked like security person where the line for the Liberty Bell started. She looked at me like I had 3 heads and said she didn’t know. Well, okay.. isn’t that while you are standing here? I asked the next security person and he chuckled and said it was the next park area/building over and that all of these people were waiting in line for Hoagie Day. What is Hoagie Day you ask? A day where they give out free hoagies. Now I looked at the weather app and the real fee was 99 degrees outside with a humidity of like 100%. There is no way you could pay me to stand in that line for a free hoagie. Probably couldn’t even pay me to stand in that line for free anything.

All the people

All the people. Oh vey.

Once we found the real life for the Liberty Bell it was much more manageable.

The real line for the Liberty Bell

The real line for the Liberty Bell

A art piece of the Liberty Bell with liberty translated into a bunch of different languages

A art piece of the Liberty Bell with liberty translated into a bunch of different languages

The Liberty Bell at last!

The Liberty Bell at last!

It was so stinkin’, freakin’ hot and humid that we both were lightweight dying. We didn’t want to leave the AC of the Liberty Bell building, but we did. And we realized we were starving so we headed over to Reading Terminal Market. We love markets like this so much. So many fun vendors, fresh produce and friendly people! The perfect lunch & it had AC! We ate cheesecake #3 & #4.

Reading Terminal Market!

Reading Terminal Market!

We needed some more AC so we went back to our car and drove over the Philly Art Museum. Now I’m not one that likes art too much but it is fun to walk around and look at the art for a little bit.

inside the art museum

inside the art museum

outside the art museum

outside the art museum

The last week of driving, sightseeing and long days must have caught up to us because by the time we got back to our RV around 7, we were done for the night. I’m talking, we lounged around and are going to bed super early!

xoxo,
Rachel

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Day 4 // Philadelphia

I have been waiting for this day since we added Philly to our list of stops a few weeks ago. Philly Cheesesteaks.. get in my belly!!!!! Now, I try to eat gluten-free but these few days don’t count. Like not even a little bit. We arrived around 7 pm to the city and I’ve already eaten (half of each) 2 cheesesteaks. So. Freaking. Good.

soooooooo goooooood

soooooooo goooooood

Now, I need suggestions for your favorite cheesesteak place because I’m judging I have about 4 meals tomorrow that I plan on eating nothing but cheesesteaks for.

But let’s back up a few hours. We were set to leave Hershey around 10:30 am but we slept in and took our time showering and packing up. And then we couldn’t get the stupid robo-brake to work and spent a solid 45 mins trying to get it to work. We did, but such a pain. So it had to be around 1 by the time we left. We headed straight for The King of Prussia Mall, which is the largest Mall in the U.S.A. Surprisingly, this was Mark’s idea as I just assumed the biggest mall was the Mall of America and trust me, I have and continue to make it clear that we are going when we are out there. Anyway, we spent a few hours walking around and I finally pulled the trigger on a silver watch! I forgot to take a pic of it but I will tomorrow. The watch was certainly the highlight of the mall trip!

Philly.

Philly.

Now back to Philly. As I mentioned, we arrived around 7 and had to sweetly ask our new neighbor if he could help us with our water heater because it was spraying/leaking water and we couldn’t figure out 1. why or 2. how to stop it. Luckily he was able to help (something about a faulty cap but luckily we had a spare just sitting in the compartment? Unclear, Mark’s territory = anything broken)

our new setup at Timberlane Campground!

our new setup at Timberlane Campground!

We hit the road and headed out to get some cheesesteak! Afterwards, we went downtown and parked and walked around! Here are some pics from our night:

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Geno’s Cheesesteak

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being silly with the life-size game pieces

being silly with the life-size game pieces!

L.O.V.E

L.O.V.E

Second cheesesteak stop of the night!

Second cheesesteak stop of the night!

Now that we are stuffed beyond stuff with cheesesteak, it’s off to bed to get plenty of sleep for a long day of Philly, take 2!

xoxo,
Rachel

Day 3 // Hershey, PA & surrounding area

Since we knocked out the Hershey stuff yesterday, we drove around the surrounding area today and did some exploring. Up first was a house that is shaped like a shoe! Now if you know me, you know I love shoes & if you don’t know me, just believe with all your heart that I love shoes. I’m probably the only person who packed at least 10+ pairs of heels for an RV road trip. And that is just the heels, you probably don’t want to know how many shoes in total I brought.

The Shoe House!

The Shoe House!

We then stopped by an antique mall and walked around looking at all the treasures throughout. We were starrrving by this point and did a quick yelp search for a lunch spot and found a great cafe close by: Gaia, fresh food cafe. Highly recommend! Mark loves eating as healthy as possible (me too at times, but I’m certainly not ever going to pass up junk food) and this place was perfect. Raw/Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten Free options and delicious fresh juices and smoothies. Plus they have a cute outside patio which no matter how hot & humid summers can be around here, I LOVE sitting outside to eat!

Gaia Fresh Food Cafe! Yum!

Gaia Fresh Food Cafe! Yum!

Up next was a tour of Turkey Hill Ice Cream plant. Also known as the “Turkey Hill Experience.” We opted out of waiting over 1.5 hours for the create your own ice cream part and settled for the self guided (hallelujah) tour. But don’t worry, the tour came with all you can eat free samples. HEAVEN.

Turkey Hill Experience

Turkey Hill Experience

goofballs

goofballs

As per a suggestion from a friend, we stopped by the Hershey Hotel & Gardens and walked around. What a sight and certainly worth the $11 dollars/person admission sign I rolled my eyes when we walked up. It is a huge garden with several different areas which is located up on a hill overlooking the Hershey theme parks. We ventured into the butterfly house. we have passed on several butterfly houses before on other travels, but it didn’t take long before we decided we regret all those times. It was so cool! It was fun seeing all the butterflies and having them land on you as well. We will definitely be visiting more butterfly houses in the future.

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butterflies!

butterflies!

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Mark with a butterfly on him!

pretty!

pretty (the scenery, not us) 

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Part of the garden with the Hershey smoke stacks in the background

We stopped by a roadside farmer’s market on the way back to our RV and picked up some fresh fruit and veggies for dinner. We broke in our new grill and cooked dinner at home for the first time. Delish!

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Tomorrow we move on to the greater Philadelphia area for a few days. Wish us luck because we didn’t plan ahead (I know you’re shocked) and we don’t have a campground picked for the holiday weekend coming up. EEEEEEKKKK. Walmart it just might be!

xoxo,
Rachel

Day 2 // Driving Day, Giant Quarter & Hershey Park

Hi 🙂

Today we drove from our first spot to Hershey, PA. We stopped (or tried to stop) a few places along the way.  We first tried to find gravity hill. You’re supposed to be able to put your car in neutral and it will roll up hill because the gravity is weird here. I think it is all just an optical illusion but still cool. Only we didn’t do our research before and weren’t looking for the “GH start” that was supposedly spray painted on the road and missed it. We only say “GH end” and by that time, we were so over winding roads and just gave up.

one lane, winding roads = not fun

one lane, winding roads = not fun

We were in the middle of nowhere and had no cell service at this point and thought we were on our way to our next “drive by” destination on our way to Hershey, PA. Only once we got back into cell service, we realized we had passed our destination. 0/2.  So, great start to day 2. It turned around and we found the giant quarter along the road and took some pics!

Giant Quarter!

Giant Quarter!

another shot from the giant quarter

another shot from the giant quarter

We made it to our new campground Hershey Camping Resort a little before dinner! We stopped at Harvest Restaurant in the Hershey hotel. It claims to serve a lot of fresh, organic and local ingredients, which is right up our alley! The restaurant and concept I would give a 5 star but the actual food left a little to be desired. We thought we would just head back to the campground for the night but realized the Hershey’s Chocolate World was still open!! Score, what a lovely dessert that would be!

The Hershey Park!

The Hershey Park!

Get it? Kisses in front the Kisses sign?!

Get it? Kisses in front the Kisses sign?!

We took the tour and learned a little bit about how chocolate is made but then we did the real stuff: we made our own candy bars and they were delicious! We got to wear these awesome outfits. And by awesome I mean, we look truly awful. Enjoy.

stylin'

stylin’

We were equal parts stuffed, tired and wire on candy. So we called it a night. That’s all for now!

xoxo,
Rachel