We took a two-overnight trip to Pennsylvania with our friends, Dave and Tresha Andrews. We picked up Kent from Arlington Cemetery around noon on August 11th and kept driving north. Our first stop as we got into Pennsylvania was to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
After we toured the temple we went to the Reading Terminal Market to find a place to eat lunch. The market was very crowded, but we found a place to buy a sandwich, then bought some Amish-made donuts and ice cream for dessert.
Afterwards we toured the now defunct Eastern State Penitentiary. The Andrews had heard it was an interesting place.
The inside was pretty grim. All the prisoners were kept alone and had a private outdoor space.
On Saturday morning we went into the city again, and still hit traffic, even though it was Saturday!
Our first stop was Independence Hall. We didn't get a chance to tour it,
but we did stand in line to see the Liberty Bell. I like the picture below with Independence Hall in the background.
When we parked the car on the street to go to the US mint, we noticed we were right next to Christ Church Burial Ground.
We toured the US mint, one of the four (I think) places where coins are made. The mint there has the capacity to make about a million coins an hour, which is mind blowing! Photos weren't allowed in the building, which is a shame because it was a very interesting place.