Growing up in coastal North Carolina, our big field trip were to the Asheboro Zoo and Raleigh. They were hours away, required a charter bus (oh the excitement!) and were a BIG deal. Trips to DC and Philly or even Baltimore, were pretty much unthinkable as a field trip.
Brantley, growing up in Delaware, didn't think twice about a trip to any of those places. All within day trip distance, history really came alive for them as their schools took advantage of the proximity.
So I have a confession. I was in college before I really spent any time in DC. The first time I went to Philly I was married, shocked when we were out for a drive through Delaware and just ended up in Philadelphia for dinner. It's just that close.
When we go to Delaware, we try and take Brantley (and me!) to some of those places, and let him experience the history of our country. Not to mention, it's just fun!
This trip, we decided to go to Philly, and DC (more on that later). We drove up to Philadelphia and started out at the visitors center, where a familiar face welcomed us!
|One of the Phanatic around town statues, here he's dressed as the Liberty Bell|
We had to go through security, only a bit less than an airport. Henry successfully distracted the guards to the point that they forgot to tell us no photos were allowed inside. As I snapped away, thinking it's odd that we could take photos, but didn't see any signs, a guard did come and tell me it wasn't allowed. Chastised (I am SUCH a rule follower!) I put my camera away.
|The legal photo. The big boys were distracted because a family tried to skip through the first security line.|
|There they are!|
The only place photos were allowed was in the Signers Hall, where life sized statues of the signers were located. There was also a live webcam feed from that room.
|Mom and I always say we could talk to a wall!|
|Mom got in a heated debate!|
(we left in giggles after this one!)
|Independence Hall in the background|
About this time, we were having a bit of a pre-lunch hungry meltdown, but decided we needed to see the Liberty Bell while we were there. We decided to wait on Independence Hall, as we've done it before, and think Brant would appreciate it more in a year or so.
So we meandered down there to discover there was a MOB waiting to get in. Brant remembers when it was outside and you could walk up to touch the bell. But now, while free, it is monitored, enclosed and secured. And likewise, too much for us to wait to do while we were all starving. So we cheated.
|There is a window on the side that you can just see the crack. Brant was satisfied for this trip, with the promise we will get closer next time (as we will try to not go in the summer when the crowds are bigger).|
The final stop was Citizen's Bank Park and the Phillies' team store for some new gear. Brant hadn't been since he remembered. So it was fun seeing him be amazed.
|The sun was so bright Brant couldn't look up!|
|Posing with the Mike Schmidt statue|
|That guy is everywhere!|