The group stayed on for over an hour afterwards, asking Professor Burger questions and continuing the talk.
As everyone filtered home, our host, Mary McTernan and her husband Tom Lee, as well as Stephen and Susan Brown and a few other young alums were part of the crowd that went to enjoy a staple of Philadelpia fast-food connoisseurship: Philly cheese steaks. The locale? Pat’s (King of) Steaks, where one could order “Wit” or “Wit-out” (a guide to toppings preferences using Philly vernacular). We all sat around picnic tables after we got our order taken from the gruff Pat’s workers (Mary told us this was part of the cheesesteak charm).
At the end of the evening, we drove to Mary and Tom’s home, where they graciously housed the entire Expedition team before our long trek home the next morning. They stayed up with us, plying more food (though considerably healthier than cheesesteaks) and conversation. A running theme through most of this trip is how kind and hospitable the people and hosts that we’ve met on this trip have been. (It sets a really high bar for all of us young alums!) Perhaps one day Jason, Jen, Ko and I will be able return the favor and to host young alums as they travel around the country (or the world).