Monday, April 28, 2014

New York, New York! Part III: Sunny Endings

Blue skies and sunshine again greeted us on Sunday morning. Kate and I spent some time reading through and discussing Philippians 2 for our morning "church", then rode a couple subway stops to Central Park, ready, after the previous day's adventures, to just enjoy a {free}, relaxing walk. It was a lovely morning/afternoon.

First stop: A park in Central Park! We got some strange looks from all the young parents and 5-year-olds, but very classily pretended not to notice.

Thus began our 3.5 hour stroll through sunshiny paths. With beautiful scenery, fabulous people-watching, and good conversation, we reckoned it time well-spent.

There were many ponds throughout the park, but the reservoir was by far the prettiest. The path around it was especially designed for runners, and literally hundreds were taking advantage of it, making me wish I'd brought my running gear!

We finally got pretzels! (they were rather dry and anti-climactic, but we got 'em!)
During our short sit-down, I wrote postcards, and Kate took pictures.
I thought we should do a grumpy picture, but Kate doesn't know how to be grumpy.
  This little tower was actually built in 1869 as a look-out tower. Now, it's in the Shakespeare garden of Central Park. :)
How cool is this instrument?? I wish I knew what it was called, so if you're an enlightened individual, leave a comment and let me know! The musician had a microphone and was playing and singing away.

After Central Park it was time for getting lost a stroll along the streets, heading toward none other than Times Square! Bikes and buildings marked our way...
 ...and the Museum of Natural History...
...with good ol' Teddy guarding the entrance.

After a quick stop for "coffee" (aka, an excuse to use an outlet to charge a dying phone/camera battery), we arrived. Unexpectedly, this was actually one of the most fun and exciting moments for me! :p

First view...
We were there!! :)
And so were the minions!

Bound and determined to spend as little money as possible, we boldly began our walk down the square. However, being chased down by Spider Man, who apparently thought we were gorgeous enough to get a picture w/o paying for his pose, forced us to seek refuge in the Hershey store. What could we do? We were greeted, upon entering, with two free chocolates, and enjoyed perusing all the delectable options. It was here that I lost Kate for a second time, although our separation was considerably shorter, being above ground and in the same crowded room.

Next, we were drawn by unseen forces to the M&M store. This place was beyond cool. Boasting over 22 non-traditional colors in M&Ms, I just had to get some hot pink and deep purple ones for my M&Ms back home (Megan and Madeline), as well as some green M&M shoelaces for the Z-man who leads the Littles.

Next stop (which was just a thrill to walk into, as you shall presently see) was the Disney store. Downstairs was cute - Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, etc - but when we turned our feet toward the escalator to visit the second floor, we were enchanted with the "Tangled"-theme lighting!

(Yes...this pic is obviously from our trip back down the escalator. Kudos to you observant ones)

At the top, a Disney castle and elegant chandelier dominated the floor, with princess dresses, accessories, and dolls at every turn. We liked it muchly.

A quick stop to H&M, and then the growing darkness encouraged us to turn our steps away from the Square (I would 100% recommend spending a whole day there, not just a couple hours) and toward the Empire State Building!

Long lines and elevator rides brought us to breath-taking views from the 86th floor/observation deck. It was beautiful (the pictures really can't do it justice), with lighted streets cutting deep gorges between the towering buildings, stretching far, far away.

Thus flew our weekend in New York City. The next morning was pack-up-and-leave day, in which we marveled at the sunburns we had somehow acquired during our hours of walking in freezing sunshine, at how fast the time flew, and at how confusing train stations can be. It was a fabulous couple days, and so I say, "Hooray for NYC!"


Ruthie H. said...

Stunning photos, Sarah! I loved following your adventures through NYC and it reminded me of when Leah lived there for 6 months- yikes! I don't think I could have done it, but perhaps one day I will visit the Big Apple myself. :)

Mikaela said...

Yay! You win the award for cramming the most possible sight-seeing excursions in the least amount of time. But, from my vantage point, it seems that small luxuries like eating and sleeping suffered greatly. : ) It's a good thing I wasn't with you! *wink*

Karlena Ludlow said...

What a wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing it with us! (I still catch myself giggling over your retelling of this wonderful trip; but then I sober up as I remember your description of ground zero.)