Monday, September 17, 2007

Philly Fun

First off, thanks for all the comments! It's been really cool to check out some new blogs!

For those who have yet to de-lurk, you've still got time to get in the running for a lovely skein of sock yarn. Deadline is 9pm Eastern Tuesday (9/18) night.
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And now on to my weekend in Philly with Jim's Elderhostel group...

On Saturday we headed out to Valley Forge with our Philadelphia guide. Jim and I sat in the back of the bus, he was reading, I was working on the sock.

Once at Valley Forge, we came upon a group of reenactors were setting up a cooking demonstration around the winter quarters area. The seniors found it all very interesting.

I was a little concerned about what might be on the menu.

The sock chose to hang out by a hut...

All in all, everyonething had a good time.

Sunday morning brought this sight outside our hotel's breakfast room windows.

The Philadelphia Distance Run!

Our hotel was located around the 3-mile mark. Initially we saw the elite runners go by in a tight pack. Chasing a truck. Not too long after that, we saw this.

Hoards of runners! 15,000 of them! I've never seen anything like it. Some of the runners came into the hotel--to use the bathrooms. Little did they know that you need a room key to use the lobby bathrooms. Not good planning on their part, but who'd a thunk it?

Anyway, once the runners past we all headed over to Independence Hall for our morning tour, and then we had the day to ourselves.

For lunch, Jim and I passed on our lunch vouchers at The Bourse in favor of my favorite sandwich chain!

Chicago's Potbelly Sandwich Works has come to Philly! Just a block away from our hotel!!!

I don't know what it is about their sandwiches, but they make me sooooooo happy!

After that, we headed back to the hotel for an hour's nap. Three hours later (!) we headed back to the Independence Hall area for a little more souvenier shopping, then dinner, followed by drinks at City Tavern. (We've been trying to get the tour company to add a meal here to this trip. It would be perfect for this program!)

No yarn shop visits this time around, but was still had a great weekend.

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