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Monday, October 3, 2011

Hershey and Philly

Is it food or is it a destination? This time it's the destination. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get pictures from our vacation posted. Well, yes, I can when I stop to consider how busy I've been since we got back. Before the end of summer, we decided to do the unthinkable and take a 10+ hour road trip with a 3-year-old. Thank you, Steve Jobs, for making this sort of thing possible without sacrificing my sanity. The iPad's digital movie watching feature was a lifesaver!

We stopped for a quick tour of Hershey, including the chocolate factory tour. It was a bit crowded, so then we headed to Hershey Gardens where Evan could run amok and I tried out the macro end of my zoom.

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This one is SOOC (straight out of the camera). Not because I thought it was that great SOOC, I just got tired of editing!





Finding his letter...



Then, we headed to Philadelphia for several days of historical sightseeing.

Independence Hall. The skies really were that blue that first day. I didn't touch them in editing.









Evan loved the reenactors!





Can you go to Philly without seeing the Liberty Bell?



The Christ Church graveyard was maybe three times bigger than what you see in this image, but they know from records there are at least 3,000+ people buried here.

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Including Benjamin Franklin and his wife. It's supposed to be good luck to throw pennies on his grave, a nod to his "a penny saved is a penny earned" motto?



On our last day in the city we headed to the Please Touch Museum. It was by far the best kids' museum we've been to yet. That opinion is based solely on two things: 1) The size of it is manageable with a toddler. Two floors, two hours, tops. 2) Everything worked. Ever been to a kids' museum and half the stuff is broken? Not here. They designed everything really well and tough enough to withstand the roughest kiddos.







And with this picture I can now say, "I shot Rocky in a drive by in Philadelphia." (from my car) The skinny girl striking a pose is just a bonus.

4 comments:

Erica said...

Looks like you guys had a great trip! I love that shot of the liberty bell.

We took a family trip to Hershey when I was really little. More than anything, I remember how the whole place smelled of chocolate. Yum!

.carrie. said...

wish i knew the places to be more detailed, but i love the perspectives on the building and alleyway.

Jennifer said...

I went to Philly and didn't see the Liberty Bell. Oops. I did eat a cheesesteak there at least :) I like the details you captured, esp the sign that says the Franklin walked back and forth here, too funny.

Andie said...

I can't wait to get the kids out and about on little trips. It's a shame toddlers don't remember any of it, but I'm hoping Landon will at least be able to. I hope. Fingers crossed. I'm glad you all had fun!