Thursday, August 25, 2011

Farewell Philly

Sunday in Philly started with a 5K walk to and from the "Rocky steps", which is really the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  We all gathered in the hotel lobby before the walk.  I didn't want to lug the big DSLR, so my shots with the IPhone might be a little grainy.  Oh, and as you'll see, I like to get my finger in the way sometimes ;)

Let's do this!

Someone should have warned Tanya that I sometimes forget to wait for people to look at the camera before snapping a picture... :)

The girls look cute in their running skirts though, right?

Kelly and I!

We headed out in our usual flash mob.  We're a tad more civilized than those other flash mobs though.

Kind a funny story, when we first got the hotel on Friday, I warned my roommates there were two things they should know about me.  One, I wear an eye mask to sleep because I can only sleep in complete darkness.  Two, I'm a compulsive iron-er.  I have to iron pretty much everything (well, except underwear) I wear.  This sculpture was obviously made for me...

The Love Sculpture was actually on the way to the Rocky Steps, and made for a nice photo op!
(there's my finger, see?)

Meghann organized us into a group photo.

We proceeded on our walk, and before long saw the famous steps.

I ran up to the top, it was cool!  It wasn't as steep as I'd imagined!

And we also saw the Rocky statue.

Erin and I ended up in between the walking and running groups on the way back. 
We're not fast, but not slow either ;)

We headed to the oatmeal breakfast and I neglected to take pictures, but someone got a nice shot of all of us Charlotte bloggers before we left the room.

After showering and packing up all our stuff, a group of us headed to Reading Terminal Market.  I was determined to have at least one meal from there.

I didn't have a pastry for lunch, but it was tempting...

This place is incredible.  Every where I looked I saw something that made my mouth water.

I settled on a veggie Philly cheesesteak for lunch.  When in Rome, right?

As you can see, it was messy.  But it rocked!  I think it was sietan, mushrooms, cheese, and lettuce.

This was perfect for me, since I actually kind of hate regular Philly cheese steaks, because the meat in them grosses me out, with all the fatty bits and stuff.  This had the basic flavor and structure of a cheese steak with out all that, and lots of good mushroomy flavor.

After our lunch, I headed to the airport and back home to Charlotte!

I was so happy to see this little man!  We sent this picture to Greg, who was in Chicago on Sunday night.

So that sums up this year's Healthy Living Summit.  I had a blast!  As mentioned in my HLS Bound post, I had hestitations about going this year, but I felt totally a part of this amazing community of bloggers, as usual.  I'm so glad I decided to go this year!


heather said...

Yay! Love how its easy to spot me in your pictures BC my skirt is so bright! I forgot to take pics at breakfast too, I think everyone was so hungry!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the Healthy Living Summit appears to be an absolute blast! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos. I have been to Philly once but I don't think I had nearly as much fun as you guys!


Erin @ The Grass Skirt said...

That's right...we're power walkers! :) I look like I just sucked on a lemon in that first picture of me. Haha. I still love that giant iron. It definitely was made for you. So great to see you tonight!

Tanya Kummerow said...

That is such a funny picture above!

RunningOnCoffee said...

Looks like you had a great time! Love the picture/story of the iron :) Haven't seen that before, where is it? Reading Terminal Market is great, those pastries look awesome.

alison said...

I have to tell you, you were the last person to use my iron :) I'll keep it handy for your next visit!

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