2019 Life Logs, Day 272: Cape Cod to Philadelphia
Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 81, Low 63 degrees F
Location: Aboard Merganser, Pier 3 Marina, Philadelphia, PA
There was more traffic than I anticipated on a Sunday, but I made it to Philadelphia just before 3 pm and then Lynne arrived about 45 minutes later. We spent time finding places to park our cars on the street rather than paying the $20 per night parking lot fee and then we headed to the marina to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with Kevin and Claire on Merganser. It had been a sunny day turning cloudy mid-afternoon, but when we got to Merganser the sun came out. We had a lovely time sitting at a picnic table at the end of the dock having appetizers and talking. A couple from another boat joined us and enjoyed the farmer’s cheese, made by Kevin today, along with sliced tomatoes and basil. And Kevin really enjoyed the Lebanon bologna that Lynne brought to him from Amish country in Lancaster. She drove from Michigan to Lancaster yesterday to visit with family and I told her that if she wanted Kevin to love her forever all she had to do was to bring him some Amish Lebanon bologna. So she did. Lebanon bologna is a type of cured and smoked beef sausage that is fermented. It is similar to salami. And it made Kevin very happy.
We had dinner at the City Tavern where our nation’s founding fathers ate, drank, and made merry while forming our new government. Today’s Tavern is a replica of the original that was established in 1773, but the original building, but the staff still wears period costumes. Before dinner, I had a sampling of beers made from recipes from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton. Ben’s was my favorite. I had Chesapeake crab cakes for dinner, Lynne had Brook trout, Kevin had turkey pot pie, and Claire had a West Indies pepperpot soup. All delicious. When we got back to Merganser, we invited the couple we had met earlier to join us as we shared sailing stories. Tomorrow is tour day. So, Philadelphia, here we come.