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Soap Box Derby – Akron, OH

“Load em Up” “Hop on In!” “Handlers in the red box” “Good Luck Champs!”  The official Soapbox Derby race starter announces as he pulls back on the release bar. They’re Off Sami and Kayla, two tween-aged girls, along with their soapbox derby cars, begin inching away from the starting post, building up speed as they head down the nearly 1/4 mile track toward the finish line.  Dads look on from atop the hill as moms eagerly await their focused and determined but also giggling girls at the bottom. Since 1936,[…]

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Punxsutawney, PA

I love when a town has a mascot, a theme, a point of pride, and doesn’t take itself to seriously. Like Roswell, NM and its aliens, catfish in Belzoni, MS, or manatees in Crystal River. Punxsutawney, PA is that kind of town. Embracing the time-honored tradition of using a groundhogs’ prognostication of the coming of spring. The town is all about the groundhog as witnessed by the dozens of groundhog statues, Phantastic Phils, scattered around town. Gobble, Gobble I begin my towns exploration by traveling along a narrow windy road to a crest of a hill. Here[…]

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Little League Baseball Museum, Williamsport, PA

So, mom asks “Where are you going today?” Williamsport, PA, mom. “Oh yeah, what’s there?”, she further inquiries. The Little League Museum. “Why are you going there?  You don’t like kids, you didn’t play Little League, and you don’t even like baseball” Asked in only a way a mom can ask. I don’t have a good answer other than because it’s there and it’s a Supergraphic. So with that, I check it out with no preconceived notions or expectations.   It’s always a weird feeling when I’m the only customer in a venue.[…]

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Fort Delaware State Park

Delaware City traces its roots to the 1820’s. A channel is created connecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River. The founders envision a budding metropolis capitalizing on the newly created shipping channel, however, the advent of the railroad soon derails those dreams. Build it and they will come While the city’s growth didn’t quite live up to expectations, it did grow into a charming community of tree-lined streets, riverside park, shops, restaurants, motel, and ferry. This is where I board the ferry for the 1/2 mile trip across the Delaware River. My destination is Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware State[…]

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Wilmington, DE

Wilmington, a major financial center for credit card issuers, has a pretty impressive skyline for a city of just over 70,00 people. The city is built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. With all this water I’m thinking there has to be some good seafood around. A Google search reveals that Banks Seafood Kitchen is in RiverFront Market along the river. Sounds Perfect! Oy, Oysters[…]

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Philadelphia and US Constitution

Shamefully, I must admit that I am not 100% of the connection between Philadelphia and the US Constitution.  I do know that the Liberty Bell is here and I’ve always wanted to see the thing.   Even if my recollection of its significance is a bit fuzzy too. Brotherly Love I’m always a bit apprehensive about big cities and have never even been to Philidelphia. I elect to take a guided history tour of the city.  Along with 8 other people, we board a van from the campground 45 minutes from Philly.  Immediately our[…]

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