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On the (Philly) Waterfront

October 25, 2012

Every year the shores of the Delaware fill up with boats, beers and burgers, plus a few people to enjoy River Day.  This year, I made the 96-mile commute down to Philadelphia, who plays host to the event which brings in boats from around the world, to take in the scene.

The Independence Seaport Museum serves as the unofficial headquarters, fitting for a day that’s all things maritime.  The line-up was deep with several tall ships, a few tug boats from nearby ports, and an enormous army vessel.  Along with the Olympia, Becuna, and Moshulu, which are permanently docked here, the shore was filled.

Despite Philly’s close proximity, I admit, it’s not a city I frequent yet still always enjoy.  It’s one of the few large cities that’s entirely manageable and laid back.  And with a past that’s caulked full of history, especially maritime history, it made for the perfect setting.   That being said, a day full of boats is as good an excuse as any for me to head 96-miles south.

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