Each summer we take a break from our daily routine and spend time exploring a fun destination. This year we embarked on New York City. It was Catherine’s first visit in the Big Apple. Our late night arrival set the perfect stage for her to absorb the sounds of this mystery town. I just saw the quick movement of her head from left to right as she viewed the height of the city against large skyscrapers that seemed to have a life of their own. The traffic presented a chorus of horns and bright lights that stretched on for miles. Her eyes seemed to say “where are we going?” This was pure fascination for her.
You see, we traded the serenity of our normal time at the beach for the hustle of the concrete jungle and it was definitely a different experience. It was so much fun to experience the city through her eyes. I just have to share it with you.
We all know that driving in New York is not for the faint at heart so we took to the city by foot with a little help from the subway and Uber. We took in Bryant Park, 9/11 Memorial, Macy’s, 5th Avenue, Empire State Building and so much more. After walking all day on the first day, I checked my phone and realized we walked more than 15,000 steps. Catherine was a trooper and kept up with the fast pace of the city. New York is a far cry from the quiet life and long commutes by car in Dallas. The second day was just a bit different. After about 4,000 steps she looked up at Merle and said “I need a break and my feet hurt.”
Bryant Park known as Manhattan’s Town Square was a delightful experience where we could get a bite to eat, enjoy a street show or visit New York’s Public Library. We took it all in and was able to sit underneath the bank of trees and take in the sights of people playing chess, enjoying a meal or simply relaxing in this seemingly tranquil spot of a busy town. The architecture was simply beautiful and intriguing. Our visit to Bryant Park coincided with National Sister’s Day, a day to acknowledge the joy and love that your sister brings into your life and to make sure that she knows that you cherish all that she does for you. Christina paused to capture this time and celebrate their sisterhood.
This was a must see for the whole family as we went to view a place that changed our lives forever. We all can remember where we were during this horrific time. This beautiful memorial located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex features two massive waterfalls and reflecting pools within the bounds of what we once knew as the Twin Towers. We know that Catherine does not and will not fully understand what the memorial stands for, but seeing her here reminds us of the first responders, employees, military and others who gave their lives so that we can still enjoy our freedom.
On almost every street corner, there is a pizza place. Catherine loves pizza and we could not leave the city without having a slice. She spotted them immediately and kept asking for a slice. After checking out of our hotel right at the lunch hour, we found that slice right down the street. It was pepperoni for everyone and I think we did not hear one word from Catherine until she took her last bite.
This was definitely a vacation for our archives as it took us out of our comfort zone, introduced new experiences and expanded Catherine’s world in a unique way. I cannot wait until next year as we look for another adventurous vacation spot.