We are feeling so incredibly happy! On the 20th, we made it to Black Bear Campground in Florida, NY, which is located about 46 miles from New York City and we had a bus tour scheduled to see the city on Wednesday.
The tour was spectacular… a word the tour guide used a lot, so I thought it appropriate to use here. Just look at all the photos and you will agree, I’m sure! We saw Times Square, the Hudson River, drove through both the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, and walked up and down Wall Street and visited the amazing Trinity Church there. Ken wouldn’t join me in having a small piece of New York cheesecake from Juniors, but he couldn’t dissuade me from enjoying the heck out of it, either! I’ll get back on the diet later 😉 😉
Manhattan… The smells are overwhelming. Hot dogs, pizza, onions, garbage. The crowds are overwhelming, too. The buildings are amazingly tall and the streets so narrow. The whole effect left me feeling a little claustrophobic.
We went to One World Trade Center and Memorial Park – couldn’t help but touch some of the names engraved at the Refecting Pools. Our tour guide, Albert told us that his son Steven was in the South building when it was hit by the second plane on September 11, 2001. Steven made it out because he was on one of the lower floors, but his childhood friend did not survive as he jumped from the building that morning. The tragedy has left Steven so emotionally scarred that he hasn’t yet been able to return to the city.
Next we went to New Jersey and caught a ferry to Ellis Island. The visitors center there is amazing and frankly there was too much to see in the 35 minutes we had before catching the next ferry to Liberty Island, which really was the highlight of the trip!
On the bus tour we became acquainted with two couples and discovered that Wendy and Ken from Vancouver are on our same path to Bar Harbor, Maine, so we are planning to meet up with them there in a couple of days. The other couple are from Indiana and we visited with them in their motor coach before leaving Black Bear Campground and heading to New Hampshire on the 23rd.
Pine Acres Campground in Raymond, NH was just a two-night stopover on our way to Bar Harbor. We left Pine Acres at 8:00 a.m. this morning to begin the 240 mile drive to Bar Harbor… More on that in the next blog update.
For now, we wish you all good health and look forward to when we meet again.