Tuesday, June 12, 2012

An Island Afterall


Surrounded By Water

One of our favorite things to do when we get to NYC is to get out on the water. Slow boat, fast boat, it doesn't matter to us. It's just a great way to see the city from an entirely different perspective. It's also a great way to cool off on a hot day.

This time around, we went with the fast boat. The Shark. It's a giant speed boat. It had to be the emptiest we'd ever seen it, maybe because we took the last ride of the day. Everytime we take a ride on this thing, you get off with sore ribs from laughing so hard. It's a hoot and a half.

Leaving the pier, our niece Ali knows what she's in for because she's taken a ride before, but her boyfriend Jay doesn't.



The boat screams around the tip of Manhattan from the Seaport, through the harbor and up the other side. See the Lady Liberty behind us? Don't worry, we'll get closer.  Can't you tell we're all having a terrible time? All you want, is for the captain to go even faster.


Always lots of beautiful boats in the harbor.


Now up the Hudson just a bit to get a good view of downtown. The boat was moving and grooving, twisting and turning up spray the entire time. (The first time Gar and I took this ride we sat in the 'wet' seats. We were drenched. This time we sat up front where you get a good bit of spray but still walk off with dry pants.)




Then a little closer to Freedom Tower. I'm sure there is lots of progress from last year, but not a ton from the outside.



Now a u-turn and past Ellis Island to the Statue of Liberty for a photo op.



She really is something to see.


Back around the tip and by the Staten Island Ferry.


The East River is calling and so is the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge in the background.



And before you know it, you're pulling back into the Pier. We didn't want it to end. It was a perfect day for a boat ride.


I simply love this part of the city. Just beyond the boats is Wall Street and the Financial District.




What a day!

Today, back in NH, the sun is shining. Not sure for how long though. There is supposed to be rain coming in.  I'll have to get some shots of the rose bush by the front door before it does rain because it is full bloom (a week or two early, like everything this year). The neighborhoodlums were marveling at it yesterday evening. It couldn't be more covered in roses.

Take time to smell the flowers today and make it a great one.

Ciao for now,

16 comments:

  1. Pam..so much fun! I took a boat ride like that up in Oregon years ago...and would do it again in a New York minute :) Great images and love how the clouds cooperated with you.

    Ps...just sent you some sunshine :) http://paperkeeper.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/sunshine-superstars-aka-the-sunshine-award/

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    1. don't you just love a boat ride? one of my favorite things. I aboslutely love being in or on the water. I'm a water baby, what can I say Bonnie? Thanks for the sunshine!!!! You're too funny. Check friday's blogpost off my list....thanks for the help.

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    2. You are welcome...and you are welcome! :) And I am a water baby too...in, on, near, around...thinking about. When we moved from Arlington VA back to CA, I woke up the first morning in CA in a panic...I couldn't figure out where the Potomac River was!! Then I remembered it was 3000 miles away. sigh. I had reorient to the Pacific Ocean, and now the two rivers that run through my town. Yes, a water baby. We are in good company.

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    3. i'm not sure I could live away from the water. i might shrivel up and die. then again, once the pool is up and running (getting there) i'll be all shriveled up anyways because you can't get me out!

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  2. wonderful trip! I gladly love to see this city! maybe one day? ;-)

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    1. Hi Jana (*** she says waving madly ***), hope all is well on your side of the atlantic. NYC is a must see. There is literally something for everyone. Theater, history, walking, parks, museums, nightlight, good food....I could go on. We are always a bit sad when we leave, but that makes the 'going back' even better.

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  3. Pam, those are some drop-dead gorgeous pictures! I've never been to New York and now want desperately to go. You have a way with both words and images. I'm gonna start following you!

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    1. Hi Sw!!! So glad I found you this morning via etsy blog team! Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with all of us on the Muse.

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  4. Seriously you always seem to be having fun. Love the way you live your life! This looks like a blast!

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    1. LOL Sarah! we try our best ;) 'you only live once, but if you live right, once is enough.' bought a poster with that quote when i was about 11 and still trying to live by those words...of course, it had a picture of a cliff diver on and i certainly haven't tried that yet! We were so lucky that my college reunion fell on the same weekend that our niece was over from ireland. kismet.

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  5. SO FUN!!! I went YEARS ago but would totally love to do it again.

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    1. you must go again! you'd have a ball.

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  6. Another great set of photos of New York! The sky looked stunning! It's raining here in NYC now so you certainly came at the right time :)

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    1. Thanks Jo. Rained here today too. We were SO lucky with weather. And even when we left. We usually do luck out with weather until the day we leave and then it torrentially pours and we drive though it all the way home. Though one October I walked from Macy's over to about 65th and Amersterdamn in the a record breaking flooding rain. Once I'd gone one block, I was soaked. All cabs were taken and the subway was flooding. Craziness! The weather was much nicer this time. ;)

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  7. I love your shot of the ship in front of the buildings...it's really great with the old and new :)

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    1. That's exactly what I thought Kate. Love that.

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