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Rental Car Woes, Delaware, and Philadelphia

So this morning we went to get our second rental car of the trip. Just so you know, they change an arm and two legs for you to do a one way rental because of the drop-off fee. Apparently, the cars all have to remain in the same state they’re registered in, and they have no way of getting the cars back to where they belong. Well, that’s what they’d have you believe. We left DC for Newark, we’re driving a car registered in New York. So, we’re the drop off service, but we get charged more to do their work. And, if you want to pay with a credit card that belongs to someone other than the person who will be the “primary driver", they tack on extra fees for that too. Jeez, I’m beginning to really dislike rental car companies.

I have this rule that in order to say that I’ve been to a state, I have to spend the night there. Well, we ran into a problem with that rule.


It’s so small, and we’re over-nighting in all the surrounding states, so if I wanted to abide by my own rule, I would have to make a special trip out to Delaware sometime just to spend the night. Seems pretty silly to me. So, we tried to find something local and fun to do that would count as us having visited Delaware, thus bending the rule. We came across this Farmer’s Market that, according to the online description is “run by the Pennsylvania Dutch‿. Well, that wasn’t really accurate. It was more of a flea-market than a farmer’s market, but we still went and had a good time. We also got to visit Wal-Mart in Delaware…not local, but still necessary.

We decided to check into our hotel first so we could unload all our bags. Once we got into Philadelphia, it was after 5, so the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall were both closed. But we still had a great time walking around the city. We walked down the Jewelry Row and had amazing Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches at a place called Pete’s Pizza (located between 3rd and 2nd on the same street as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell). Our plan for tomorrow is to go to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall early in the morning and try to beat the crowds. Then we’ll probably head back to Pete’s for some more great food! After that, we’ll head to NJ, where we will stay with one of our awesome sponsors, Mr. Viliam Choma

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Official Travel Pictures
(What's online and available at the moment...)

Day 1 -  The Hains Point Giant "The Awakening" and DC Metro       Pictures/stories    No Video
Day 2 -  Our First Official "Tourist Day!"                                    
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Day 3 -  National Museum of Art, Constitution, and Carrie's Bday   
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Day 4 -  Arlington, Iwo Jima, FDR, Jefferson, Holocaust Museum    
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Day 5 -  Washington D.C. Museums and the Hope Diamond           
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Day 6 -  Mellow relax and Catch-up day with our friends Misty and Yvette
Day 7 -  Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      
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Day 8 -  Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Mamma Mia! on Broadway    Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 9 -  New York City, The Empire State Building, Long Island      
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Day 10 - Catch-up/prep day with our friends Viliam and Julie, as well as the New Jersey PPL Briefing
Day 11/12  Travel to Africa  (Arriving in Africa the evening of Day 12, which was June 22nd)
Day 13 - Safari in Arusha National Park and touring the lodge        
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Day 14 - Traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro and beginning our climb     
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Day 15 - Second Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                              Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 16 - Third Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                                 Pictures/stories    Summary Video

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