Saturday, May 29, 2010

# 66 Touristing Is Hard Work

Yesterday took it's toll. We were both sore & didn't want to get out of bed. So we slept in & had breakfast late. We finally talked ourselves into the walk to the NJ Path train to NYC. And the walking begins. We arrived at Penn Station & walk up Broadway, through Times Square, & on to Central Park South. Now we didn't just march the 30 blocks, we shopped, took pictures, & people watched. As far as I'm concerned NYC is the best place in the world to people watch. You never know what you will see & eventually you aren't even surprised! Well most of the time, but every once in a while you just have to shake your head.

Times Square is a moving sea of humanity & the best way to deal with it is to go with the flow. The theaters & billboards make it look like a never ending party. Central Park is a green paradise in the middle of the concrete canyons. Horse drawn carriages abound & add to the festive look with their flowers & decorations. Our next destination was St Patrick's Cathedral. Huge, massive, beautiful, amazing....what ever you call it, it is something to see. Next we headed over to the UN building. Not so impressive without all the flags flying. Then we headed all the way across Manhattan to the Hudson River. This week is Fleet Week in NYC & as usual the US Navy & Coast Guard were well represented. In addition to the Intrepid Air & Space Museum the Navy fleet was led by the USS Iwo Jima. This aircraft carrier dwarfed the Intrepid & is built with some of the salvaged steel from the World Trade Center. The ships, the sailors, & the Marines were impressive & a fitting start to the Memorial Day weekend. We decided to call it a day & headed back to Penn Station. The train ride back to NJ & the walk home from the station was about all I could handle. As they say, stick a fork in me 'cause I'm done!!!

I figured that we walked about 3 to 4 miles. So much for scaling back. Tomorrow we plan to take the bikes out to Long Island & my old stomping grounds. But first a good nights rest in our home in NJ, because...

Home is where we park it,

Frank & Mary

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