I just got back from a great road trip to our current nation’s capital and our original nation’s capital. My traveling companions were my son Stephen, Johnny D and Matt Lee. We were meeting our friend Jody Victor in Philly.
We arrived in Washington, DC just in time to see a spectacular sunrise. Once the sun brought the city to life, we headed north to one of my favorite places on earth – South Philly and South Jersey, my old stomping grounds.
The purpose of the trip was to host my good friend, Jody Victor first class, VIP style. While there we took in two Phillies games, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the oldest Italian Restaurant in America, and world-famous Donkey’s.
-Sunrise, Washington Monument
– With my brother Rick serving a tour in Vietnam, and my sister’s fiance giving his life there, this is a very special Memorial to me.
-Freedom Is Not Free
-A blessed cotton candy sunrise over the Capitol
-The Lincoln Memorial comes to life
-Abe. I love his Geico commercial!
-It is a beautiful building though.
-The sun is up, now we’re off to Philly!
-Independence Hall. Where Godly, inspired men founded the greatest country on earth.
-This is a very special room. All of the founding Fathers sat here.
This was Jody’s first visit to Philadelphia and all of these historic places.
This is what the Founders saw back in 1776.
-I’ve been to Independence Hall many times. It’s very rare to see the second floor. This is the Governor’s Office, all Original! Floors, furniture, almost everything from the 1700`s.
-Also upstairs was an Armory. Jody Victors family made the musket balls just outside Philly. Of Course!
-It is even more special when you can experience history with your son.
-This place was awesome. Christ Church, where many founding fathers were members and attended Sunday service on a regular basis.
-This was George Washington’s pew. He and his family sat in this very box for many years.
-Me, Jody and Ben Franklin, sitting in Ben’s pew!
-We had a private tour of the Liberty Bell. We were in for 2 hours before it was opened to the public. I’m so glad security didn’t find us! whew…
-We even had time to set up the LTD backdrop.
-Jody seeing the Bell for the first time.
-So much for separation of church and state? Leviticus 25:10 is on the bell, our undeniable symbol of Freedom !
Now we’re off to some Phillies games and some awesome food!
PS- check out my sports blog www.ldubstyle.com for more about the games we saw…and food we ate!