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,