The daily excursions to Philadelphia have come to an end allowing us an opportunity to reflect on the experience. What stands out most as I reflect back on the month of journeys may not surprise you even a little bit. Driving in the traffic on the Schuylkill is burned into my brain. There were seldom moments when we were traveling ‘free’. My Jane and I looked for several landmarks as we drove along to gauge our progress. We looked for the sign that told us how long we would be on the Schuylkill each morning. The ten minutes shown on this day was our best time ever. The first view of the city skyline usually appeared about 10:00 which meant we were on time. Next came the Philadelphia Zoo balloon, followed by downtown and the ‘Rocky’ Museum. Our exit to 676 came just past the museum. We knew it was time to exit 676 when we saw Ben Franklin on the 17th Street bridge Finally, moving down 10th Street we passed under the Chinatown arch.
The parking is second on my list of outstanding memories. When we turned on to Locust Street off of 10th each morning My Jane and I went through a brief check-list to insure we didn’t cause a slow down at the parking garage as I dropped her off. The check-list went like this; “Sun glasses off!” “Check.” “Do you have your purse?” “Check.” “Do I have my ID Tag.” “Check.” “All systems go!” (We actually did this every day.) As we turned on to 9th Street My Jane unbuckled her seat belt as we turned into the parking garage and hoped we didn’t see the ‘bad news’ sign at the entrance. We were confronted with this alarming notice only once. I learned from the parking attended that the sign lies! “Temporarily Full” really means, “There is probably a space somewhere if you look hard enough and can fold in your side mirrors!” Just kidding. I always found a spot. Our car is the first one on the right. That day we were on the second level. Here we are on the fifth level. Upon leaving the garage I followed the instructions and warned folks on the sidewalk to ‘Look out! Here we come.” (Yes, I actually did that every day.)
The first day of fall was memorable because the lobby was filled with a mob of young people (medical students, I think) educating us about falls. My Jane and I both joined the fun and each won a heart healthy snack.
I don’t know how much the heart healthy snack did for us because our other eating experiences were not of the heart healthy kind. IKEA- meatballs and French Fries; Terawaka Ramen- maybe sort of healthy; The hotdog stand out side of Jefferson-of course.
And on our last day, a beautiful fall day, Roadies at Penn’s Peak
The best part of this experience is My Jane is healthy and should be free of her tumor. It doesn’t get any better than this.
See you next time.