Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
72Trip End Aug 12, 2008
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Then we decided to take a trolley around town. They are full of the history of the area as well as what there is to do in town. There were no trolly's running, so the double decker bus was second best. We hopped aboard in time to get the last seats up stairs at the back of the bus. It was a perfectly sunny day. We whizzed by all the main attractions in Philly including the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, City Hall, Independence Hall and other historical areas in town all the while dodging tree branches
After a few near misses with trees and direct contact, the tour came to an end and we went over to the "Bell". We took a few pictures and then went over to Independence Hall. This is where we found out that you needed a ticket to get in and why all the mobs of people were waiting in the visitor's center. Anyway, we were able to enter the building where congress convened hundreds of years ago. We were ushered into the hall and into chairs and addressed as congressmen. It was very informative and the room was appointed appropriately. We had some very entertaining exchanges with our guide and she shared with us that at that time of the day several people don't show up for their time to get into Independence Hall and there is room to take additional people. She suggested we go over and speak to the officer that did the next tour.
We got in! We were shown where our forefathers convened and signed the Constitution and our country was born. The building was impressive, but the actions of the men that congregated there were even greater. It gave one a sense of patriotism and we were so thankful that we had been let in to take the tour.
The kids were tired and hungry so it came the time that everyone had been waiting for since we arrived in PA
We left Philly and headed back to Lancaster county. We realized we were heading in the wrong direction and decided to bail. The roads started to look very familiar and we realized this was the way we came into town when we had taken the backs roads and had to bail. We were in West Chester. Anyway, we made it home safely and prepared to leave the next day.