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!