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Sunday, July 15, 2012

This is by far the most satisfactory day of the entire trip. After breakfast at Metro Deli w e ride the subway uptown and meet our guides and fellow pedallers near Central Park. We have signed up for fifteen miles of work on unfamiliar bicycles on a very hot(for NYC)Sunday. Riding in the street and obeying traffic signals is not near as daunting as I thought. Of course, we have a guide in the front and a guide in the back to decide what is safe and what is not. There are truly secluded and forestlike places within the park. There are also throes of people seeking the sun and shade of Central Park's confines. We come out of the park and have a lesson on the history of Harlem. We visit a church with lively music and testimony. We visit Manna. A soul food buffet is consumed with glee. We stop at the doorway to the Apollo Theatre and see bricks with many famous acts that have graced that famous stage. We keep stopping for water breaks and more history as we reenter the park. We are very tired and start stopping and pushing the bikes up the inclines. The Dakota is a beautiful building and we see the John Lennon "Imagine" memorial. It is not far to the public bathrooms and the gorgeous Bethesda fountain where lots of needs are met, face washing, shade, music, and the angelic fountain all are delightful. During the ride to the bike shop I feel so proud to accomplish such a feat. We go to the hotel and shower. It feels divine and we walk to the Carnegie Deli. No way did we need those huge servings; but it has a classic New York feel about it. We find the most friendly wait staff of our trip. Walking back, we realize that there are countless venues and opportunities we have missed. It's been a great trip.



Sunday, July 15, 2012

We did some shopping. The Lego Store was amazing. H&M for me because I hadn't planned on the heat being so intense and I needed shorts for our bike ride tommorrow. Got a super cute sundress that I'll wear for a nightie for $7. We looked around at St. Patrick's Cathedral. It was the very day that Alex Baldwin got married there. We knew they were closing aisles and that security was ample; but they didn't leak the news.
We went to the Mary Poppins matinee. What a great show.
There were vendors in the streets. We walked blocks and blocks.
After the show we went up the Empire State Building. What an incredible view. It was pretty overcast; but still afforded a delightful view. A worker had me take off my $1 Dollar Tree tripod that helps me keep the camera steady. Guess if it did fall; it could cause a lot of damage.

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GUDDIGO 7/15/2012 12:43PM

  Wow...wonderful day for you....

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Full Day in NYC-7/29/12

Friday, July 13, 2012

I had wanted to try to make the Today Show; but Friday is concert day and wow, on TV we see the throng of people wanting to hear Maroon 4 or 5(Adam on The Voice). Glad we didn't venture. We ride the subway to Battery Park. The Clinton Castle is where the immigrants lucky enough to get off Ellis Island landed. Looking at the statue in the harbor and seeing it from the air makes it appear smallish. Riding the ferry is exciting and it you realize how big it is. From every angle, the Statue of Liberty is majestic and appealing. Even though now she is going through renovation and we are restricted to the paths around the statue it is an impressive sight. The audio tour is very imformative and pertinent. The visit to Ellis Island is very thought provoking. The old dorms still stand and their disrepair just highlights the plight of those immigrants that were detained. The great hall is filled with whispers from the past and significantly affects our usually merry band. The archivists are quite helpful and we have luck in finding some of my son-in-laws family. At least five hours is necessary to see the Statue and Ellis Island.
In the evening we go to a nice Italian Restaurant about a block from the theatre . We are walking, riding the tour buses, and the subway. The walk to dinner and the theatre is not too far. Dinner is delicious; but the portion is giant sized. I do not like to waste food, especially costly food. Our first Broadway experience is front and right for Anything Goes. This is a revival that won a Tony in '11 for Best Revival. It closed a week later on the 8th of July. There is quite a bit of tap dancing and the ocean liner theme is fun. It was a delightful play.

I venture to say none of us needed rocking to sleep.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 7/13/2012 3:21PM


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DMF2012 7/13/2012 12:08PM

    Sounds like a great time i the Big Apple - thanks for sharing!

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Thursday-June 28, 2012

Friday, July 06, 2012

Morning arrives early as my cousins and I leave OKC around 6 am. We stop in Detroit and change planes. We get to Newark early in the afternoon. We go over a bridge to New York City. Gas stations are numerous in New Jersey; but you see them very rarely in Manhattan. I guess the cabs, buses, and garbage trucks go to Jersey to fill up. The lobby at the Waldorf Astoria is elegant. At the hotel we are directed to grab a bite because it is not 3 pm yet. The Metro Deli across the street and down on the corner is a super clean and busy place. Our room is lovely. Not nearly as small as some hotel rooms. The four of us are staying in a room with two double beds. Delta has given fifteen minutes of free WiFi on the first leg of the trip. The Waldorf charges almost two dollars for fifteen minutes. I decide to wean myself from the internet for a few days. We resist and then take up the Gray Line opportunity to see the city hopping on and off for three days. Today we go to the 9/11 Memorial at the footprints of the Twin Towers. It was late in the day and we were admitted for free. The memorials are idential as were the buildings; but to me the humanity is somewhat overlooked. It is pretty cold and dark in appearance and the water noise is soothing. It seems to me a fountain needs an uplifting part and this is two layers of downward motion. I felt like the fountain was trying to wash the grief away with no celebration of the lives lost. The survivor tree here is a Bradford Pear. In Oklahoma they succomb to the wind and the heat rapidly. No supper/dinner for me tonight. It was just too hot and late for me. It was nice to clean up and bed down tonight.

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LOSE4LIFE47 7/13/2012 3:21PM

    Love the pictures Lucy. It is great that you got to get away for s few days. How are you doing? I have really missed you! emoticon

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Trip Prep 101

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Time is running out to prep and plan for the trip. Tuesday I work the State Primary Election from 7 to 7. That day of prep will be a washout. I hope I can manage a bike ride after the polls close because we are biking in Central Park and I don't want to be the one that has to stop and pant(first). Wednesday I will have to go with my husband to Ft. Sill for a VA appointment. They have cancelled twice and we are a minute from a fit. Later that day I need to drive to Yukon to meet my cousins for our Thursday departure.
So today I think I'll steal away from duties and get a pedi/mani and maybe a haircut. I also am thinking about driving to a garden center that is featuring half off shrubs. Our boxwood hedge really took a beating with the drought of '11.


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