The Hendersons GGTG III - Visiting Places and Relatives Back East
A Cross-Country Driving Trip in Our S2000
8/6 – We took an off day and just puttered around.
8/7 - We had a very short drive today, so stuck to side roads through the Amish country. We got into Philadelphia before 3:00 and checked into our hotel. There is a very good Italian restaurant called Garces near our hotel, so we made reservations for dinner. Their wine is VERY expensive, but they have a wine shop. You can buy a bottle of wine in the shop and take it into dinner without a corkage charge. We got a nice bottle of Vernacia di San Gimigniano to go with our meal.
8/8 - After
breakfast we walked over to Independence Square and picked up our
tickets for the tour of Independence Hall. Once inside they present a
briefing and then take you into the area where trials were held. We were
then taken across the hall to the room where the Declaration of
Independence was signed and then, some years later, the Constitution.
George Washington was busy fighting the British and was not present at
the former event, but was there for the signing of the Constitution. He
sat at the head table and his chair is shown there. There were tables
for representatives of each of the original states. We then went
upstairs to the original Senate chambers.
Getting around in the center of
Philadelphia is not for the faint of heart. The sidewalks seem to be an
unending series of trip hazards and the streets are like nothing I have
ever seen before. I understand they ground off the upper layer/s and
will be resurfacing the streets, but it appears that they ground off the
entire central city at once and have not yet resurfaced anything.
Janet's husband, Norm, pulled in a little later and we headed off for an afternoon sail. Mel and I waited on the dock while Janet and Norm got the sailboat ready and pulled over to pick us up. We had great wind and really enjoyed a relaxing time on the boat.
8/10 - It is raining today and likely
to do so all day, so we will catch up on laundry. It stopped raining
and we went into the City Dock area of Annapolis for a walk around and
ice cream. In the early evening we went to the beach near their home
where the neighborhood was having a barbeque. They had hamburgers and
hot dogs and bratwurst and a lot of other stuff.
Kentucky and Tennessee
8/13 - We checked out and headed for Mammoth Caves. The caves are certainly impressive, but there was truly nothing beautiful about them. We went on the Historic Tour and enjoyed it. It had started raining as we were led to the entrance to the caves and was really coming down as we headed back to the Visitors' Center. We had made reservations in Nashville and found our way to our digs for the night.