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