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!
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!
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...
This was where we were going...looks pretty close, right? Uh huh. It sure was...not.
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.
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...
Slowly, the just started dissipating.
I tried to get to each side...some clearer than others.
Rockefeller Center right in the center!
Probably...no IT IS my favorite shot!
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!
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!
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.
Leaving Ellis Island for the Statue, this was our best view of NYC from the ferry. :( Foggy. Figures.
This was the best view between the fog and rain that I was able to get.
Because rain was forecast and we were there early, they did let us preform early.
There's something so majestic about preforming at the Statue of Liberty.
An awesome group of kids!
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
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! :/
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.
The one thing I love about Old Stone Fort Park is that you can hear the water way before you can see it! The roar of the falls draw you like a fly to the light. Always looking for a better view, peaking through the trees.
Continuing down the path, you look for that tiny glimpse that will show you the big picture.
And when you find it...wow.
It never gets old.
Even when it's raining.
But all good things must come to an end...that doesn't mean I was finished with pictures! :)
I really don't think this bridge would have popped as much had the sun been out! The rain and cloudy weather really did make the colors magical.
It's amazing to know that just down the river and around the bend is an amazing waterfall! It appears so calm.
All good things must come to an end. Until next fall...
I knew it had been a few weeks, but I did not realize it's been 30 days since I've posted. A lot has happened in 30 days. Highs, lows and everything inbetween. But we had faith that it would all work out and it did. With a little exhaustion thrown in for good measure!
Let me just say that I HATE moving. I'm not sure that I know anyone that likes it though. We were blessed with beautiful weather and after getting everything moved and cleaned in the old place, are so much happier. With a view like this, who wouldn't be?!
We've had a different sunset every night.
2 days after we moved, the rain started. And it rained for 4 days. I could not have imagined moving in the middle of that! So we will be thankful, grateful and peaceful in our new home, because it could have been so much worse. We had perfect weather!
What road? It gives new meaning to the "Turn around, don't drown" slogan!
It's been raining all day...LOTS of rain...and even a couple weird tornado warnings. But these pictures make me laugh and love the fact that my boys are still boys and want to go play in the rain.
Might as well let the dog have some fun...nothing like a smelly, wet dog!
This sweet, little stray dog showed up a few days ago, pretty beat up. Her neck is tore up from something and she's kinda skittish, but will stop and let you pet her. My animal lover was giving her some love. (The other day she was hanging with the kids at the bus stop and even got on the bus!) I hate that it appears someone dumped her here in town and hope someone takes her in and gives her a loving home, because she seems to have plenty of love to share.
It's been a long, HOT week without air conditioning. That, and I'm still editing birthday pictures and it has put me behind for the week. It's no fun editing in a hot house! I get very cranky! ;) I thought maybe we'd finally have a quiet weekend, but with school ending soon, there's a lot of stuff going on...one being the spring band concert. And Maison is playing his tenor sax, so I'm excited to see/hear him since he's only had it a few months. Other than that, I'm praying for the a/c to be fixed...or there may be more tears.
We had to go to the "big city" yesterday to exchange a jacket. It meant crossing 2 counties because I had tried the closer store, which was still 45 minutes away, but it's closing and there stock was very limited. Plus it's hard to buy something for someone else, that really needs to try it on...which meant I had to take HIM with me. I should know better. Well, I do, but he still had to try it on, which meant I HAD to take him along! After being followed around the store by "secret shoppers" watching to make sure we didn't steal anything, we were sorta accosted by someone looking for a light...to light the wacky tobacky he showed us! :o Geez, the crazy things that happen to us. We exchanged our item and headed back to the country...the big city is just not for us! :)
This little barn caught my attention as we passed it. I made a note to stop on our way back home.
I have always wanted to stop by Arrington to walk around. I had to settle for a quick stop/picture on a rainy day.
Picnic with a view...and a wine tasting! I'll be back! :)
2 pictures that tell a completely different story. The first one taken on an early morning run to town last week. It looks like a cold winter day, but with cool clouds though, which is why I stopped in the middle of the road to take the picture. Good thing there's no traffic at that time of the morning! The next picture looks like it's going to be a beautiful day at the lake as the fog burns off. Looks can be deceiving! In the first picture, it was quite warm, but the cold/rain had not come through yet...and the lake was freezing (as I hiked down there in my jammies because I was afraid I'd miss the picture I saw in my head if I took the time to get dressed)...and it was beautiful as the sun was out! The lake is just no fun when it's cold out...but that's just my opinion!
The guys went fishing over the weekend and caught a bunch of fish. They came home so excited about going again on Sunday. Unfortunately they were rained out, but planned on going Monday after school. More rain Monday, but it cleared a enough to head back out after school. As we got closer to the "honey hole", I knew we were in for a lack luster fishing day. I could tell the streams were running high from the rain runoff and turning down the farm road, there was a "road closed" sign. I wasn't worried about the bridge (or cement pad) that crossed the river, because we weren't crossing, but if it was closed, then the river was also high and fishing was going to stink. I was right.
The spillway was overflowing big time! And lots of foam!
Even weeds can be pretty!
This just looks like winter! The top of the spillway and all the white is the foam floating downstream.