Sept. 23 – Oct. 1

We arrived Friday night from Atlanta back to Plymouth.  Patricia (RV) had been at the Pinewood Lodge campground for the few days that we were gone. The effects of hurricane Jose hit Plymouth, but luckily it was just branches down and nothing major, phew. We had already packed up everything before we left so it was smooth sailing in the morning to head out to NYC.
The drive on Saturday morning was pretty good, only about five hours, which now that we are road warriors, seems like a piece of cake. Although driving through NJ is always interesting, we had to dip into our 401k to pay all the tolls. lol
We pulled into the Liberty Harbor RV Park  http://www.libertyharborrv.com/ late afternoon. It was quite different from the glampgrounds that we’ve been to, in fact, it was basically a parking, there was water, electric and it was pretty secure but no septic so packing up to dump tanks sure keeps ya conscious of water usage.  On the upside, we were 15 minutes from Manhattan via train and if you want to the one end of the park you could see the Statue of Liberty. Overall if you’re going to New York City this is a great solution to get in and out and be able to bring your RV.
On Sunday morning we took Uber over to Liberty Park and then a ferry to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. It was pretty interesting the process of what the Statue of Liberty would look like, apparently the artist was French in the initial Statue of Liberty get some cleavage and sexy bedroom eyes, apparently, our government said we’re a Christian country and they wanted that a  matronly appearance and there she is the Statue of Liberty. (That’s not exactly what they said, but that’s the gist).
From there we took the ferry over to battery Park caught a cab and had lunch at Marseilles http://www.marseillenyc.com/, a restaurant recommended by one of my clients whose stepdaughter works there. It’s located in the Hell’s Kitchen https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell%27s_Kitchen,_Manhattan area of NY. We had an awesome dining experience, amazing food, atmosphere and we were treated like celebrities  (I could get used to that!). Thank you to Al and Annie Bennett!!! From there we walked to Times Square, the kids held a huge python snake, went to the M&M store and took it all in. Everyone was wiped out so then it was figuring out the subway and PATH http://www.panynj.gov/path/ train system back to Jersey City.
The next couple of days entailed getting back into NY via the trains, we got pretty good by the last day. Actually, Mark is our navigator, thank goodness for my sweet hubby!
I have to say it was pretty amazing getting off PATH and entering the World Trade Center station, it is beautiful! Speaking of that, experiencing freedom Tower in the 9/11 museum was truly emotional. Of course, I remember where I was the day all of that happened, but seeing so much of the remnants and stories brought it all back. I asked Carson and Kennedy what they thought about it and Carson made the comment that it was truly eye-opening for him, realizing what happened to our country. It was an unthinkable tragic event although, our country will always prevail. God Bless America!!
On a lighter note, we had lunch at Ellen’s Stardust Diner http://ellensstardustdiner.com/which was super fun and festive. The food was good and we loved our server Chachi. Riding bikes in Central Park http://www.centralpark.com/guide/sports/bicycle-riding.html was a great way to work off the burger from lunch.  We also did the hop on hop off your which is always nice to get the “lay of the land”.
Some other highlights were lighting candles in St. Patrick’s Cathedral http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/ , A trip over to Hoboken to visit The Joint Chiropractic (remember my bulging disc situation in California?) and then while they’re stopping by the Cake bosses bakery Carlos http://www.carlosbakery.com/for some treats.
We barely skimmed the surface visiting NYC but what a blessing to have this opportunity as a family!
Wednesday it was on to Philadelphia. It was an uneventful drive and that is always good! The KOA Philadelphia South was nice, we had a wonderful site in front of the pond and the kids loved the huge jumping pillow across from our site. We laid low catching up on work and school the rest of the week.
On Saturday we drove into the city. Our first stop was the Independence visitor center, we walked from there down to The cemetery where Ben Franklin is buried, then over to Betsy Ross house the National Constitution Center https://constitutioncenter.org/ now that was really interesting. Highly recommend checking that out especially the presentation in the Sidney Kimmel Theater. Then, of course, there’s the liberty bell, independence hall, The Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art http://www.visitphilly.com/museums-attractions/philadelphia/philadelphia-museum-of-art/, Carson and Kennedy totally did not get that one. And then you can’t be in the city of brotherly love without a famous Philly Cheese from Sonny’s Famous Steaks https://www.sonnyscheesesteaks.com/ and man that did not disappoint!
It was a short visit but we did jam a lot in for one day! Now it’s on to Richmond, VA.

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