Monday, September 11, 2006

September 5, 2006 Labor Day Weekend with Vicki and Norm

We had such a great time over Labor Day weekend. Our friends who live in Wilmington, DE, Vicki and Norm, invited us to spend the weekend with them. After several weeks on the boat we were ready for some land time. Norm picked us up from the boat on Friday and took us to their home. On the way we stopped and, FINALLY had steamed crabs for lunch! We ate at a local crab shack in historic Chesapeake City which is on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Rick isn’t a blue crab fan so Norm and I got to eat them all. Rick had a humongous sub. Of course, beer is a necessary component when crabs are involved, so while Tropical storm Ernesto caused lots of rain to fall outside we were enjoying our crabs.

The next day we drove up to Philadelphia. It has been years since either of us had been there. It rained all day so it was a good thing we were inside most of the day. We really enjoyed Independence Hall and the new Constitution Center is fabulous. Lynnie, Norm and Vicki at Independence Hall.

Rick is standing in the back of the room where the Continental Congress met and debated the future of America. The chair is the original chair that was used by George Washington and subsequent Presidents of the Continental Congress.

He is also signing the Constitution 'guest' book.

The last picture is in a fabulous room in the Constitution Center that has life sized bronze statues of all of the signers of the Constitution.

We had to take a lunch break so we went into south Philly to the home of the original ‘Philly Cheese Steak’. There are two dives, er, restaurants, that say they are the originals and here are pictures of both as well as ordering instructions. What a hoot!! (You can double click on the picture to make it larger.)

On Sunday we all went to a wine festival at a local winery and had a great time tasting the different wines and listening to jazz. On Monday Vicki and Norm took us back to the boat. They have decided to purchase a DeFever, which is the same make as our boat so we took them for a ride down the Sassafras River to the Chesapeake. It was another gorgeous day! Thanks to our hosts for a wonderful weekend.