Fly Eagles Fly! Football, Family And Philly
In addition to my love of the outdoors, travel, reading and a lot of other things I am also an avid Philadelphia Eagles football fan. Have been since I started watching them with my dad when I was about six years old.
It was a cold and snowy start here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday. The roads were icy and snow covered when we departed. However, we left the snow behind once we drove through the tunnel under the Blue Mountain. But we couldn’t escape the cold. It was sunny and windy with temperatures in the upper 20’s when we arrived at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Philadelphia. I love this city.
We checked into our hotel and, after settling into our room, decided to have lunch in the downtown. My nephew Charles recommended a Mexican restaurant a few blocks from our hotel, El Vez.
We walked the bustling streets of the city and found this popular restaurant. It was a good suggestion as we enjoyed our meal and the company of many Eagles fans getting ready for the big game. We shared an interesting, and delicious crab and cactus taco and I had the sea bass tacos as my main course. Awesome. The food was excellent as was the atmosphere of the restaurant.
My love for this city began with a visit to the zoo when I was around five years old. It has continued all of my life. I have spent many days walking it’s streets. Still, there is just so much to see and I find something new on every trip to this historic city. .
Rittenhouse Square did not have the crowds of people who gather here in the warmer months but there was still some folks out and about on a frigid day in January. I enjoy watching folks go about there everyday affairs in big cities. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk in Philadelphia. Walk to Rittenhouse Square.
We arrived at the subway stop near the stadium and mingled with the thousands of fans tailgating in the frigid air or making their way to the Lincoln Financial Field or the “Linc” in the January sunshine.
As we made our way to our seats once again the reality of the recent loss I have endured crept into my mind. I remembered the first time I walked to these seats, It was the night the stadium opened and I attended the game with my brother-in-law Charles. It was a wonderful experience. Sadly I reflected on those memories realizing he will no longer share them with me. I was again reminded of the emptiness the tragic loss of my sister and her husband has made in my life. Their loss will always be with me as I roam this Earth. But I also know they would want me, and the rest of their family, to live and enjoy life. It will not be easy.
We endured the cold and it was worth it. The outcome of the game came down to the final play The Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons by defending our goal line in the final seconds of the game. The stadium erupted when the Falcons failed to score. We endured the cold and it was worth it. We made our way back to the subway and our hotel in the company of crowds of ecstatic Eagles fans.
After warming up for a few minutes we soon taking a taxi to another restaurant recommended by my nephew Charlie, Buddakan. We meet his brother, my nephew Brandon, and shared another delicious meal and good conversation about family, football and Philly.
It was about ten o’clock when we finished eating and my brother Mike and I took a quick walk to Independence Hall the birthplace of our great Nation. I have been here many times before, at all hours of the day and night, but I still get goosebumps when I stand in this hallowed place. I always reflect on how Jefferson, Franklin and Adams stood in this same spot as the created our Nation. I love this city and it was a perfect way to end a very memorable day. Here is a link to some more photographs from the game. Eagles Game January 13 2018.
“Sport is friendship; sport is health, sport is education, sport is life, sport brings the world together.” – Juan Antonio Samaranc