The last I wrote was on the 9th, so I have some catching up to do. Can’t remember what we did on the 10th, but on Tuesday, the 11th, we moved about 60 miles south to Timberlane Campground in Clarksboro, NJ. It is the closest campground to Philadelphia, PA, where we had to be for our daughter’s Masters Degree graduation program. The trips in are easy, but each trip requires a $5 bridge toll. It really is close, because we never had to drive more than 15 miles to get to anything we were doing in Philadelphia. The only downside is its price. It is a Good Sam Park, so we did get that discount. However, cost was $44.75 per night, full hook-up including electric and cable. We will try to minimize camping per night, but the northeast is more expensive than the south and west. Some of our offset will be in my sister’s driveway.
On Wednesday,the 12th, we spent the day shopping – Sam’s, WalMart, Shoprite, and then it was time to relax for the night.
Thursday, the 13th we drove to the Philiadelphia airport to pick up our daughter, Beverly. She flew in from Dayton, OH. She has been making us so proud by working on a Masters Degree via the internet with Drexel University. Beverly has been saying there were 4 things she wanted to do in Philadelphia – (1) See the Liberty Bell, (2) see Independence Hall, (3) have a real Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, and (4) walk across the stage of Drexel University to get her Masters Degree.
On Friday, the 14th, we took care of the first three items on Beverly’s Philadelphia bucket list. We drove in and parked at the visitor center where we got our tickets for the Independence Hall Tour – first available was 4pm. Just outside of the visitor center Marilyn tool my picture in front of a 155mm Howitzer (in Vietnam, I served in a 105mm Howitzer Battery), At this point, we headed to Campos Deli, one of the best places to get a good Philly Cheese Steak sandwich.They were delicious. Next, we went back to wait on line for to see the Liberty Bell. Here are pictures of the Liberty Bell, Beverly,along with Marilyn and I. Here is an exterior picture of Independence Hall. While waiting to go into the Hall, we listened to the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The flag flying outside of Independence Hall contains 13 stars for the original 13 states. In one wing of Independence hall is a court room set up in the UK fashion where the defendant is locked in to the Dock. On the other side of the building is where the Continental Congress met.
Saturday, the 15th was graduation day. Drexel University provided free garage parking for graduation, but then the walking started. This was followed by getting robed and picture taking. The iSchool provided a luncheon social on the lawn for graduates and parents. Then it was time for the graduates to line up for their march into the auditorium. On each side of the stage were giant screens to show the graduates as they walked across the stage. That is a good thing since I do not have a whale for a lens like Dennis Hill. I did get a fairly good picture of Bev by taking a picture of the screen. Back at the motorhome, we took more family pictures. Here is a picture of Beverly with her godmother, along with her significant other.
Sunday resulted in goodbye's to Beverly at the airport. Lynn and Bill also had to return home to Long Island, so the partying was almost over. A few months ago I had made contact with Samantha, a young lady from Philadelphia, because we had connecting Family Trees on Ancestry.com. Samantha arranged for us to get together for dinner with her and her mother. Before going to dinner, we gave each other access to our Family Trees for comparison purposes. How often do you have the opportunity to meet 3rd and 4th great grandnieces of the wife of your 1st cousin 5 times removed. Talk about a convoluted relationship, but we did have a wonderful evening – good company and wonderful conversation.
Hugs, and Type at you later.