On Rand’s “To-Do” list for Philadelphia was Independence Hall. We got a late start into the city on Saturday after arriving Friday night, so all the tickets had been distributed already. However, we found plenty of other things to see on that afternoon, and planned to return early Sunday morning. Note to self: go in early on Saturdays, and sleep late on Sunday and go in the afternoon. All was pretty much closed until noon. However, we enjoyed a walk to a few sites around the center, and took the bus up to the center of the central area and wandered around looking at buildings and sites. (Where I confess to losing Randy’s Ray Ban sunglasses, and although I have never in my entire lifetime lost a pair of glasses, when I did, they were not even mine. I took them off and hung them on the hook of my camera bag to take some photographs inside a dark hall of the City Hall building, and that is the last time I saw them. By the time I needed them and looked for them…Randy looked on the bright side and said, “they had a scratch on the lens and I just used them for mowing the grass anyway, so now I can get some new ones.” On returning to the truck, he let me borrow his Maui Jim’s, but he said, “You cannot get out of the truck wearing these.”)
We had tickets for the National Constitution Center, which did not open until 12…and tickets for the Christ Church Burial Ground, where Benjamin Franklin and others are buried, which did not open until 12.
Still, we found much to do, many blocks to walk, and a lot of sun to soak up.