Day 103 and 104 (7/22/19 R and 7/23/19 R)
Miles – 0
Total miles – 1400.8
Today’s plan was to rest and resupply. First thing, after breakfast, Adam drove Papa Raven back to Fort Montgomery to pick up our boxes at the PO. Being Sunday yesterday, we could not do it then when we came down the mountain. Bling, Whisper, Alaska, and Dax, Adam’s fourteen year old daughter and eight year old son, had a busy day of trampolining, air hockey, swimming at a pool and attending a movie. Since before we left on our AT hike, Whisper knew exactly when the new Lion King movie was coming out. She has been hoping somewhere along the trail she would be able to see it. Well today was her day. Adam and Mama and Papa Raven had a really great lunch at a New York style deli. You know it’s good when the line of customers goes out the door. Back at Adam’s house, we completed sewing torn gear, cleaned bite valves on our water bottles that become disgustingly moldy. Purchased new hiking poles for Mama Raven and headlamp for Bling (Adam took us to REI yesterday for this task). Tick sprayed socks, shoes, gaiters, and shorts. Papa Raven and Adam worked on replacing Bling’s worn hiking pole tips. Cook pot was cleaned. Photographs were worked on and blogs written. Packs were packed and ready to go. Christina took us to the grocery store for additional food items. We wanted all chores done before tomorrows big adventure to NYC. The heat wave that has plagued this area broke today with lots of thunderstorms and heavy rain all afternoon and through the night. Christina cooked another feast for us of meatloaf, potatoes, green beans, brownies and mochi. As we ate, Papa Raven presented the latest photos of our three cats back home in California sent to us from our house sitter. All three together, sleeping on their backs side by side. They were absolutely adorable images! Meanwhile the thunder raged and the rain poured down. We kept saying to ourselves thank goodness we are not in it!! Instead we are nice and dry, in a beautiful home, being fed like royalty in Pleasantville, New York.
It’s off to NYC today. It was a perfect day with a temperature of seventy-one degrees and completely overcast sky with no rain. It is hard to believe our luck since just yesterday we were still in a sweltering heatwave in the morning and heavy thunderstorms in the afternoon. Adam had planned a route that would allow us to see a good part of the city, highlighting key destinations from our list of must sees. Christina sent us off after a breakfast of French toast, cinnamon rolls, grits and fruit. She stayed home to work while Alaska and Dax joined us on our big adventure. First we drove to Yankee Stadium to park the car in a paid parking. He said it was one of the more affordable ones however it closes at seven o’clock tonight. If we are late, the car will be locked in until tomorrow morning. Next our tour took us for a ride on the subway to the middle of Central Park. We were there at the height of the go to work crowds, so the subway was packed, just envisioned a New York Subway to be. We had four must sees and this was the first. As we walked into Central Park, the crowds of people disappeared and our surrounding environment became much calmer and quieter. That’s what nature does for you! Magnificent, towering trees soared above us as we walked on paths that meandered through large green fields of grass. Perfectly manicured flower gardens bordered the path ways here and there. It was a perfect park setting. Huge slabs of rocks were about for kids to climb on. Our goal was to walk across Central Park from west to east. When we we walked over to Belvedere Castle for a higher look about the park, we passed a large outdoor theater were there was already a line of people to purchase tickets for tonight’s performance. After a quick stop by a turtle pond, we walked across to The Met. We thought about going in but the lines were too long and Adam said it would be an all day event. From there we headed south and cut back into the park to see the Alice in Wonder Land statue as well as the Balto statue. We had never heard of Balto but we learned he was a hero Alaskan sled dog that delivered medicine to the remote communities of Alaska during a typhus outbreak. Finally we reached the east side of the park at the Central Park Zoo. There was nothing disappointing about Central park. We absolutely loved it! We could have stayed for many more hours but there was still much to see of New York.
Next we took a long walk down 5th Ave past all the upscale apartment buildings and stores. Adam pointed out where Jacqueline Onassis once lived. We indulged ourselves in the Lindt Chocolate store. Passing through heavily armed NY City police, we walked into Trump Tower. There were several beautiful old churches along the route. Randomly we chose the Catholic Church. It was absolutely stunning with high interior arches and stain glass windows. Our tour continued over to Rockefeller Plaza. We stopped at a food cart for lunch. Continuing South we passed major News Network buildings, including Fox, NBC, Comcast and ESPN. Broadway was next on our pathway. Some of the marquis boards read Hamilton, Lion King, Tootsie, and Beetlejuice. Next stop was Time Square, our second must see. This was just a chaotic zoo of people. We keep looking up at all the amazing and gigantic electronic billboard screens. It was a visual overload at a monumental scale. Bling somehow got trapped with a reggae rapper who was trying to sell his CD to him. The young musician nicknamed Bling, W. Swager. Once we pulled Bling away from that predicament, we exited the area. Finally we walked south of Time Square and took a few minutes to walk through part of Macy’s, mainly because we knew bathrooms could be found inside. Adam’s tour next took us along the length of the High Line, a quiet path covered with trees and native plants on the old raised railway line. It is a relatively new area of New York City with new high rises among the very old ones. It was a much mellower section of the city than the loud and fast pace of downtown Manhattan we were just in. It also provided great views of the surrounding area. From there we took the subway over to the Twin Towers Monument, our third must see. This proved to be far more emotional than expected. We noticed certain names had fresh roses. Later we learned that a rose is placed by each victim’s name on their birthday. We did not have time to go into the museum so we just observed the monuments.
Running out of time for our seven o’clock deadline, we had just one more objective, to see the statue of liberty, our fourth and final must see. Staton Island Ferry passes close to it, so we quickly hustled to the ferry station where we went aboard and set out across the harbor. We had great views of the statue of liberty and Ellis Island. A tourist boat would have taken us closer but it would have been expensive and the Staton Island Ferry is free! Upon reaching Staton Island, we turned around and came immediately right back. With time running short, we caught an express subway all the way back to Yankees Stadium. Literally with only a few minutes to spare, we made it back to the parking structure before it closed. The attendant already had the car up waiting for us. Once in the vehicle, we all gave a big sigh of relief. Traffic was light as we drove home. We all were tired! Our day in New York City was a success. It was a whirl wind tour of the city in a day! To be honest, there was too much to see in just one day. There were many sites and events that had to be skipped due to time constraints. Also, it is simply humanly impossible to see it all in one day! Nonetheless, we saw a great deal and it would not have been possible at all without Adam who new the ins and outs of the city! Thanks Adam!!!
Alaska, Adam, Dax, and The Ravens