Philadelphia, Cape May and Checking in in Atl. Cit

Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 10, 2011

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Cape May and Atlantic City

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today was another busy day.  We got up and ran first. Miles got about 2.5 miles, and I made it 1.07 of running and .5 of walking. Next we showered, ate breakfast, and said goodbye to our couchsurfing friend.  We first rode our bikes to the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Washington Square.  We had seen it on the scavenger hunt but wanted to see it a little better. Then we went to the Edgar Allen Poe house. It is run by the National Parks Service, and is free to get in.  Poe, his wife, and her mother lived there for maybe about 6 years, before moving to NYC.  There was no furniture remaining from Poe, so they just have canvas painting hanging of what they though was in each room.  After that we rode to Eastern State Penitentiary.  It was $12 to get in and we were only going to have about 30 mintues, so I told Miles to do it, take pictures, and I would just wait outside.  The prison opened in 1829 and at one time was the most expensive building in the whole United States.  Al Capone was one of the prisoners there.  Next we had to rapidly ride to the Constitution Center as this was the start of our Constitution Walking tour of historic Philadelphia.   We saw the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Declaration House where Franklin stayed.  We saw the First and Second National Banks (where all the US money was housed at the time). We saw signers row which had a plaque for the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  The tour was really fairly extensive and informative. After leaving the tour we rode back towards the car.  We were to stop at Geno's or Pat's to get a true Cheesesteak for Miles.  There were about 50 people in each line though, and he decided he did not want to wait that long.  We thought we would see another place to get the sandwich, but the last place in Philadelphia before we went over the bridge into New Jersey was closed for Father'r Day, so instead we ate stuff out of the cooler.  We made our way to Cape May, New Jersey which is the furthest south part of the state, and there is even a ferry that goes to Delaware.  First we went to Sunset Beach and looked for Cape May diamonds.  It is really just pieces of rocks that have been churned by the water over and over, so they are smooth, flat, and some are see-through.  Apparently at the gift chop you can take pieces that you find and they will put them into a ring or necklace.  We saw the WW2 tower that was still there, then we went to the Cape May Lighthouse.  We walked on the beach awhile, then saw what used to be a bunker during WW2.  There was a marshy area with 18 swans which was very cool as you usually don't see that many all together in one area since they are fairly territorial.  Then we drove into the town of Cape May.  I think this would be a very relaxed place to take the family for a vacation. There is something from everyone.  They is the ocean, shopping, eating, entertainment, and old fancy victorian style houses lining the streets.  We ate at Cape May Pizza and each had one slice and shared a drink.  We left room in case we saw a snack, which we did!  We each got Italian Ice at a shop called Rita's.  Then we took off for Atlantic City.  We heard that the toll road was very expensive so we took a side road that winded us through Ocean City, Ventnor City, and finally to Atlantic City.  We checked in, got our parking pass, put the bikes where they told us, then checked out the room.  I was very suprised of the view of the Boardwalk, the Piers, and the ocean.  We walked around for about 1.5 hours, and even went into one of the casinos Trump Taj  Mahal.  I had about $7 in my camera case from a trip last year, so I put $1 into a penny Monopoly machine and proceeded to win $15.  We ended up cashing out $18 so that was a good deal :)  We checked out the shops and prepared for tomorrow.
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