Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NYC, day 2 (evening)

Day 2 was a very long day! After dinner, we had reservations at the Empire State Building at 8:30pm. It was 8:00pm and I was getting worried about our reservations...along with the fact that it was still raining/cloudy...and traffic WAS NOT helping!

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We finally determined we were going to have to walk/hurry the last few blocks. Hahahahahaha...I had my walking app on the whole day and I was, at that point, at 35 miles! By the end of the day it was at 45.17 miles! Even if I take off 20 miles for the bus/ferry rides, 25 walking miles is A LOT! Had I zoomed it a little closer, you would see the back and forth all over Manhattan that we did! THAT was walking!

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So it was decided...we could either sit on the bus, going nowhere, or we could walk/hurry the last few blocks to the Empire State Building. Hmmm, we were all exhausted...except the kids, of course. So off we started...

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This was where we were going...looks pretty close, right? Uh huh. It sure was...not.

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I have to say, had we not had to hustle/walk, I would not have seen Macy's. Granted we didn't get to stop, but still pretty cool to walk by it.

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We finally made it! And wouldn't you know it, the bus pulled up right as we walked in the door. :/ Up, up, up we went...less than a minute to go up 80 floors. As I walked around the observation deck, I started to get disappointed that the clouds were not going to clear. And then this happened...

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Slowly, the just started dissipating.

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I tried to get to each side...some clearer than others.

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Rockefeller Center right in the center!

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Probably...no IT IS my favorite shot!

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My last shot before the clouds/rain returned. I now know what it feels like to be in a cloud when it starts raining. It's an immediate downpour! We had a great 30 minutes where the skies cleared. Thanks God. What a view!

Monday, June 1, 2015

NYC, day 2 (afternoon)

I knew visiting the 9/11 Memorial would be emotional. It's that 1 thing in your life that you will remember exactly where you were and what you were doing.

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There's still a lot of construction.

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Firefighters or first responders memorial...I can't remember for sure.

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Freedom Tower. The observation deck opened last Friday. I'm hoping if we have another band trip here in 4 years that that is on the schedule.

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There's just no way to describe the feeling you get listening to the water...

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Or touching the names...

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He was 3 1/2 on that awful day...like many, all I wanted to do is hug him...and now I was visiting it with him.

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Each anniversary we'd see the long ramp to the bottom, where the families would remember. This is that spot. Along with the handwritten memories left by the firefighters.

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The survivors staircase and the first thing placed in the memorial due to it's size and weight!

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The twisted metal is just mind boggling.

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Emotional, heart wrenching and beautiful...

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What you don't see are the areas that no pictures are allowed. Where the tears immediately start flowing. We did not have enough time...3 days would not be enough time. It's a memorial not to miss!

Friday, May 29, 2015

NYC, day 2 (morning)

Day 2 started like day 1 ended...exhausted. Lots and lots of walking. Unfortunately through most of our trip, it was cloudy and rainy. Fortunately for us, we didn't let it bother us!

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We were up and on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty bright and early. First stop on the ferry was Ellis Island. I could have spent a whole day here exploring. Unfortunately, it was not on the schedule.

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Leaving Ellis Island for the Statue, this was our best view of NYC from the ferry. :( Foggy. Figures.

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This was the best view between the fog and rain that I was able to get.

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Because rain was forecast and we were there early, they did let us preform early.

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There's something so majestic about preforming at the Statue of Liberty.

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An awesome group of kids!

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Did you know that there's 215 steps from the base to the pedestal platform? It "should" take you 5 minutes or you can wait 10 minutes for the elevator. I shoulda waited for the elevator! We did not go the additional 100 steps to the crown! :D

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There is no picture from the platform, because after climbing all those stairs, it was raining and the fog moved in. We couldn't even see the bottom of the statue. That right there, is Murphy! :/

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This was the best picture of the skyline that I was able to get as we came into the ferry terminal. The fog kept coming and going the whole ride, so I just had to have patience.

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Off on our next adventure...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NYC, day 1

I went with the band to NYC in March. It was a long bus ride, but it was fun. We arrived NYC at noon after a day and a half (with an overnight) on the bus. While on the bus, we watched "Night at the Museum", and guess what? Our first stop was the American Museum of Natural History! So of course, we had to go in search of all the "fun" things we saw in the movie!

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Of course it wasn't exactly the same...and there were tons of people!

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The architecture was so impressive.

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Who doesn't remember the stampede?!

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And Dum Dum who liked gum gum!

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There was so much to see and we only had about 2 1/2 hours...no where near the time needed to explore. But we did get a taste.

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This was blocked off for some type of seminar, so this was as far as we were able to go...impressive.

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It's so hard to photograph size and dimension sometimes, but this gives a good perspective.

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And lastly, we definitely couldn't forget Roosevelt! Day 2 was even busier!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Celebrate Family, pt. 2

Brooke and Ryan were married last winter... and this spring, they celebrated with their family and friends.

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This cute little barn was a throwback in time.

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And even had an old fashion elevator car!

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So much to look at and so little time!

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We cut the cake...

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...and then we dance!

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Moms and sons...

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Grandpa's and granddaughters...

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Husband and wife...

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Friends and family...

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Mommy and son...and coming this Christmas...twins! Congrats Brooke and Ryan!