Birth of a Nation - Valley Forge and Philadelphia

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
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Trip End Dec 31, 2008


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Saturday, May 24, 2008

  We started out early and drove the hour and half from our RV Resort to Valley Forge, site of Washington's troops' Winter, 1775 Encampment.  Neither of us had realized (or in my case, remembered) that Valley Forge was not a site of any battles of the Revolutionary War - it was where the troops spent a long, hard winter assuring that Philadelphia remained safe as the British moved towards her.  Of the 20,000 men based there, about 6,000 were lost to sickness that winter, as they huddled in small, hastily-built cabins, with little in the way of food, clothing, or supplies.
   After seeing a short movie about that winter at Valley Forge, we drove through the National Historic Park for a while, then decided we'd better get on the road back to Philadelphia if we wanted to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall before going to the airport to pick up Keri.  Being the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, traffic was very heavy, so we knew that the drive, which should have taken about 25 minutes, would take a lot longer than that - and it did!
   Earlier in the week I had learned that Independence Hall tours were available only with timed tickets, generally available on line, in advance - but I was disappointed to find that they were sold out, so we had expected to only see the Liberty Bell and the outside of Independence Hall.  We were pleasantly surprise to learn that they were having an "open house" from 4 - 6, and tours of Independence Hall were free!  So, after seeing and taking pictures of the Liberty Bell, we stood in line for about 20 minutes before entering the colonial site where our Country was born 232 years ago. 
  We got to the Phiadelphia Airport in plenty of time to pick Keri up, found a local place to have dinner, and made our way back to the motorhome, having traveled through two centuries in this full day!
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