Saturday, June 21, 2008

Day Fourteen - Almost Crossing the Delaware

June 20 - After a cheesesteak lunch from Mike's Pizza in West Chester, we drove to my friend June's house in Bucks County, PA.

Our sightseeing expedition took us to Washington Crossing, PA where George Washington led his troops on a daring Christmas crossing of the Delaware River to attack the Hessian soldiers stationed at Trenton, NJ. I read a good bit about this campaign in John McCullough's fascinating book, 1776. We went to the top of Bowman's Tower to see the surrounding countryside, which has only recently been subjected to significant development.

We had three choices for dinner - five minutes from the house, 15 minutes (with trivia) and 30+ minutes in luxurious New Hope. I voted for trivia and the crew went along. Food at Calloway's was pretty good - trivia was not the attraction as only four players (three from our table) participated. I won the first two games and finished in Calloway's top ten for June. Kallie and Erin won the third game (about pop culture). Kallie gloated relentlessly.

Back at the house we tried unsuccessfully to photograph fireflies, which can't live in Louisiana due to the air pollution, or so Kay says. We then played Bananagrams, an anagramming/crossword game. My Scrabble skills made me tough to beat. June decided the game was "too intense" so we went outside to make s'mores. Kallie had fun playing with fire.

Today (Saturday) we're in Brooklyn at Jay (Kay's son) and Beth's house. We're getting ready to go to the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island. Beth made costumes for daughters Lilybeth and Annabelle.

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