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After a large breakfast we said goodbye to Andy and started the drive down to Philadelphia. Went down through the New Jersey turnpike, and actually happened to miss the correct turn and had to backtrack a little to get to the city.
Finding parking in the city was tough, but eventually found somewhere that looked like it had free parking. Walked through a small suburb, which I believe was a little south of the downtown area, before getting to the city. Bought a touristy map, went through a yuppie shopping mall, got a cinnnabun, and I bought a camera.
// I actually don’t remember buying a camera at all… I don’t have any photos from it in my photo library, but it could have possibly been lost in a later incident
We then went to the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell is one of those historical artifacts that every American hears about at some point in their life, and to us it seemed like the Statue of Liberty of Philadelphia. But when we got to see it, I’m not really sure what we were expecting, but all it was was a large bell. It was just kind of sitting there, on display, with a bit of a crack. There it was. It was the single most anti-climactic experience of my life. One of the most uninteresting monuments in the world.
Despite that, we went to see some other famous places around town, including some kind of building related to Benjamin Franklin. Walked through some parks and streets and after all that we went back to the car, drove off to a hotel we saw a little outside town, and slept.
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Before leaving Philadelphia we drove back into town to visit the Museum of Art. I think we couldn’t visit it the previous day for some reason. Anyhow, we parked at the base of Benjamin Franklin Parkway and put two hours into the parking meter at 11:00, because that’s all we thought we would need, and walked to the museum.
Saw all kinds of art – American, European, Asian, Middle Eastern. We dragged ourselves through the place for a long time. And especially admired the Medieval armor and weapons section. After three hours at the museum we left and went back to the car. Sadly we got a parking ticket. We figured the traffic person must have been standing right next to the car when the meter ran out because the ticket was 1:04, two hours right after we had put the money into the meter. Oh well.
We continued on driving to Washington DC. We took the scenic route down through Delaware and Eastern Maryland, checking out corn fields and little towns and plantation-like houses. This way we could avoid the traffic of Baltimore. Finally made it to Washington and immediately found the roads to be impossible to navigate. We tried several times to stop and find an information booth of some sort, and finally got to a fair sort of place and parked. The people at the information booth told us about a somewhat cheap hotel over in the western part of DC.
Since we were nearby, we walked over to the Washington Monument and watched the sun set behind it. Afterwards we drove out over to where the people had directed us, but we couldn’t find the motel they were talking about so instead we went to a “Motor Inn” and called it a night.
Alright, it’s about time I start writing up this journal. It’s mostly outlined. Over the next few months I plan to occasionally add another day to this record, the Europe journal, and possibly even start writing up the 2004 road trip. Photos have yet to be sorted, but they will come as well.
So an excited group of three people set off into the world. Stopping at the gas station to fill up, we set the trip marker to 0. Our first stop was to pick up a tent, though this was something we had done before. The problem was that we just didn’t have the right poles to the tent. So we went back to Building 19, the greatest sorta-thrift store in the world, and fixed the tent mix up. We even arranged the tent in the parking lot just to make sure we got it all right. This was also that fateful place where we picked up some classic elements of the trip. Jerry O’s was a great cheerio cereal knock off with some awesome creepy pictures on the box. They also had this creepy clown coin machine where you’d put in a quarter and get some kind of toy in return and the clown would say something incredibly creepy. Adrienne got a bracelet and a ricky martin necklace, which we had on our rear view mirror for the entire trip, and I got two wrestler finger puppets, which we combined with one other toy to create GORO, the ultimate dashboard fighter.
Finally we headed off at one o’clock south bound on 95. Stopped at a mexican place in Providence, RI. That was alright but nothing special, and continued down. Encountered a huge storm, but we got through it and continued down on through the Jersey Turnpike. I think because I couldn’t reach the CDs I had brought and because we didn’t have a tape deck converter to play our iPods, we resorted to listening to the radio where we found this awesome detective radio show called “Escape” which narrated itself as we drove down to Philadelphia.
Came to our place of residence for the night, Jacob’s house. He’s a friend of Adrienne, and he’s incredibly witty. Chilled around, and another Adrienne (but a guy Adrienne) came over. Jacob made us spaghetti and we watched Venture Brothers.
And that was the end of day one. Well on our way without any problems.