Friday found us waking up in a hotel in New Jersey.
We had tickets to see the Statue of Liberty for the ferry that left from Liberty Park. (Total side note: Oh, the tolls in NJ! Prepare to take out a loan! It was crazy.) The ferry felt a bit like being cattle-herded, I'll tell you. Again, we wished we had taken some soft sided coolers. Everywhere you went--lots of security. Bags checked. You had to go through security to get on the ferry and then again to get into the Statue of Liberty.
Wall of Honor. We did do the database search as well with not much luck. We should have come prepared with surnames and dates.
You don't often see the backside in photos! ha!
I'm glad we made the effort to get there. It was worth it. I know I've mentioned that these last couple days the little guys were done with sightseeing. The reality is, I was done too. Not with sightseeing but with traffic and hotel living. I was tired. I woke up Friday morning and wanted to go home. We were supposed to stay through Sunday but we checked out Saturday morning.
Granted, we came all this way to New York and well, we felt like we should go downtown. We were here after all!
Oh, the traffic in New York! You'd go a half mile in an hour. The streets were yellow with taxis. Our car was acting up--if you used the air conditioning while idling the battery dial would just tick itself lower and lower. It was causing us some stress! Then, trying to find a parking spot was crazy. We parked but we weren't totally sure if it was a legal spot. It was hot, really hot. Rather, it just felt hot.
I was amazed at how all the shops had doors open with air-conditioning blasting out. Sure, we enjoyed the cool breeze as we walked past but it didn't seem very energy efficient!
These cuties all bought a hat from a street vendor. They looked quite stylish as we walked down 5th Ave on the way to the car. ;)
After piling back in and drinking lots of hot-in-the-car water, we drove up to the very edge of Central Park and past Trump Tower (the kids really wanted to see that) as well as past St. Patrick's Cathedral (I had really wanted to go in there). The kids had also wanted to go to the Natural History Museum and I really had envisioned walking through Central Park. I also would have wanted to check out Rockefeller Center.
Ken and I think it would be fun to go there on a couple's trip. The littler legs couldn't quite keep up with all of the walking. They all did very well and we enjoyed our few hours in New York.
Getting back in the car and heading for home was nice too. :)