The Lake in Central park, looking southeast from the rocks at Hernshead.
Well, we're back from New York City, and we enjoyed our getaway. It was good to do something completely different from our regular routine, although the hustle, crowds and noise were a bit trying for us, especially for Safety Guy and my husband. We had a couple "meltdown moments" along the way, but by and large we got to see some neat things and have some fun.
Looking south from the Empire State Building.
I was surprised to see how huge the new WTC complex is now.
Looking east from the hotel terrace - the American Museum of Natural History
is the red sandstone building with copper turrets, and Central Park is just beyond it.
Princess Yakyak on the rocks at Hernshead, by the Lake, Central Park.
The second day, July 4th, we did a lot of walking. We went to Central Park in the morning, and it was strangely quiet. I think many people were off work and sleeping in because of the holiday. We wandered around the lake, near the Ladies' Pavilion and Hernshead. The kids climbed on the rocks, and I got some great photos. We even saw a red eared slider turtle digging a hole to lay her eggs. Then we headed for the American Museum of Natural History.
Sunset from the hotel terrace.
The evening of the Fourth, we decided to split up. Princess Yakyak and I were not that thrilled about seeing the fireworks from midtown. It turned out that the terrace of the hotel faced north, and the fireworks were to the south. I didn't have any desire to go stand in the crowds of the world, and neither did PYY, so Tech Guy and Safety Guy went to the fireworks (watching from down around 50th Ave.). The Princess and I decided to walk around the neighborhood around our hotel and make another foray into Central Park. Many stores had closed early because of the holiday, so shopping was a bust, but we enjoyed the park again. We took more pictures, and stopped at a local market on the way home for a treat. It was hotter than hot in the city all three days, in the low 90s, and we were wringing wet with sweat by the time we got back to the hotel. We showered and cooled off, then spent some time watching the sunset from the terrace. It was great to spend time with my girl. We heard the fireworks while watching TV (I was drawing, too), and later the guys came back tired but pleased.
The stern of a large wooden canoe,
made by the Haida people of Northwestern North America.
I love their graphic black/red/white designs.
The last day was simple - just getting up, cleaning up, and heading home. We were starting to suffer from too much togetherness, although Safety Guy was just as happy to ride the subway and the Metro in reverse again. We made it home without any serious meltdowns (thanks to a couple judicious stops, and a bag of M&Ms I pulled out of my purse half an hour before we got home, when things started to go south in a big way with the kids - it's amazing what a good distraction candy can be).
Right: Safety Guy on the rocks at Hernshead. -->