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June 11, 2006

Day in NYC Detoured by Puerto Rican Day Parade

The last day of our weekend in New York/New Jersey started with an hour in the hotel pool and then off to Liberty Park in New Jersey to get close to Liberty Enlightening the World (aka the Statue of Liberty). We really only got to see her backside, but a pretty good view from the shore. I've never actually been out to Liberty Island. I am keeping my eye on the re-opening of the crown and interior of the Statue of Liberty (apparently a bill was passed in May 2006 to make this happen). Once that opens for visitors it will be time to cough up the dough for the ferry and stand in the long line at Bettery Warf and watch the contortionists for a few hours waiting for a turn to float out and climb up inside Lady Liberty.

While at Liberty Park we were seriously sidetracked from our day's plans by this monstrous playground, bigger than anything I've seen in my life. The kids were so enthralled, we couldn't stop the fun.

By the time we got rolling it was after lunch. There was still time to hit the Central Park Zoo but the traffic was something else. As we made our way to the Holland Tunnel and across into NYC we noticed many cars and folks with Puerto Rican flags. Then Heidi connected the dots, remembering that today was the NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade. Rather than get caught trying to get up to central park we decided to save our day in New York City for another time and headed up the Hudson Parkway on the west side of Manhattan and got on the road back to Boston. Bummer, I was looking forward to spending at least a few hours taking in the city.

The trip home was uneventful, kids were amazingly cooperative for having to be in the car for such a long period of time.

Posted by mike at June 11, 2006 11:59 PM