A huge local attraction is Dover International Speedway that hosts two NASCAR races yearly. The track is nicknamed "Monster Mile", although I don't really know why. I'm not a NASCAR fan myself, but I thought seeing the race should be part of the complete Delaware experience. And, thanks to my sweet husband, he surprised our family with tickets for all of us!
The winner of this year's October race was Kyle Busch, who apparently has a net worth of $50 million. I'll admit, I didn't stay for the entire race to see his win myself. My kids got tired of wearing ear protection and it was just too loud to stick around without that. But it is a small piece of sports history that I can say I witnessed. :)
Although I can't say that NASCAR is my thing (or that I even honestly understand it), I did really enjoy watching the fans. There was a variety of interesting people at the race, and they took it super seriously. People were standing and shouting at the top of their lungs. Meanwhile, I was just trying to figure out which car was which driver. The "serious" fans had these little radio thingies that broadcasted live newscasting through their headphones. Almost everyone was sporting their favorite driver on shirts or hats. The fans truly seemed dedicated which was cool to witness; and that's how it should be at every sporting event.
I don't think Salem got too much out of the NASCAR race. She was mainly interested in the lemonade, cheese fries, and pretzels (a girl after my own heart!). Haha.
Never knowing where we will get stationed at next I hope our little family can keep exploring all of the places to see and local events everywhere we're at. It was definitely a fun experience for the family. Some lady asked Lincoln if his favorite driver won, and he said, "Yes! Lightning McQueen!" Poor little dude thought his favorite Disney Cars character was in the race. But hey, it was a fun time for all!
So the cool thing about being in Delaware is that we are just a short drive away from so many big cities, including but not limited to Baltimore, Philly, Ocean City, and D.C.. There isn't exactly tons to do in Delaware itself after the tourists leave, but it doesn't really bother me since I'm just an hour and a half from Philadelphia. A day of extensive Yelp searching gave me some great ideas of what to check out in Historic Philly, but really it's such a huge city that I could easily spend a day there every week and never run out of things to see!
First up was "Dottie's Donuts", a vegan donut shop. It was delicious. It was a tiny little shop tucked in between a couple other places, but it was poppin. There was a steady flow of people well after breakfast hours. I tried the Peanut Butter Crunch and it was phenomenal. I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and moist my donut was for being vegan. They were even a hit with my kiddos (note Lincoln's grin!).
Next we passed this little cemetery that once held the remains of Stephen Girard. Since he was part of history in my home state, Indiana, I thought it was awesome that we passed this burial ground at Holy Trinity Church. Girard was French, born and raised poor and uneducated yet grew up to be one of America's richest men. He got a job in an American shipping company which allowed him to save money and get out of extreme debt.
Eventually Mr. Girard helped finance the War of 1812. The Mississinewa 1812 was the largest war that took place in the War of 1812 and it happened in my hometown in Indiana. It's pretty neat to travel well over 600 miles from home and find a little piece of my own local history associated with a big city like Philly.
"Freedom is a light for which many men have died in darkness."
Of course, what's a trip to historic Philly without visiting the tomb of the revolutionary soldier?
I also had a chance to do a brief viewing of the (tiny) remains of Presidents George Washington and John Adams' executive mansion. There's a pretty thought-provoking exhibit that surrounds the remains that talks about slavery, as both presidents had slaves serving them there. It was just a few steps away from the Liberty Bell exhibit, but that line was way too long; maybe my next trip can include that!
Oh Philly, I quickly have fallen in love with you since moving to Delaware. It's probably been my favorite city to visit. I've been there just three times, but there's simply nothing like an authentic Philly cheesesteak or the beauty in being surrounded by so many diverse ethnicities all at once. Until next time, Philadelphia.