Monday, June 28, 2010

New York City

Belvedere Castle Central Park

The summer has barely begun and I am back from my second trip.  Loving it believe me!  I went to Conn. with a home friend to visit a college friend. This is something we do every year with one day spent in the Big Apple!

We were hoping it wouldn't be too hot and it was hot but manageable. I love spending time in Central Park but we are always on our way somewhere so this year we decided to make CP the focus.  We took the train into the City and immediately headed to Central Park on the Metro. We had decided to start at Belvedere Castle as this was  a place we had never been in the Park.  We started on the east side and got over to where we needed to be. This was a short walk with a great deal of gawking and people watching.  We got to the castle and there was a wedding going on.  We found ourselves looking down at Turtle Pond  and true to it's name there were scads of turtles on every point.  The castle is apparently used as a weather station which seemed pretty unique for a castle.
Turtle Pond - not very picturesque

Turtles turtles on every point

From there we wandered through The Rambles and it seemed to take forever to get out of that section. Then we went to Strawberry Fields where it was the best people watching ever. We sat on some benches and enjoyed watching everyone and just relaxing.  It seemed to be the most crowded spot of the day.  We then wandered on toward the Mall and the Zoo.  We watched the sea lions for a bit and then decided to head back to the Metro for our next adventure.

Walking through The Rambles

Imagine - tribute to John Lennon

A friend had recommended we take the free ferry to Governor's Island.  I am always up for a boat ride on a hot day so off we went.  It was a short wait before we were off for the short ride.  Once there we had an awesome time!  We rented bikes to ride around the small island.  It reminded me of my wonderful runs last week in DC.  This time I was riding a bike on a beautiful day with friends with magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Manhattan and New Jersey!  It had been awhile since I had been on a bike but it was a great way to explore the island.  Next year we'll be back for a repeat of this fun time!

Can't describe how much fun this was!

Playing to get pics with the camera

Myself, B and K off the bikes to get a pic

I like this pic of my friends pausing to enjoy the view!

A small bit of running news

1. I had a great 6 mile pace run before I left where I totally nailed my marathon pace plus a bit less!

2. I had an eight mile run in a downpour where I totally killed my Ipod!  Totally my fault - I knew better. Even though it wasn't raining when I left it was obvious it would be. I just didn't know how hard.

3. Any suggestions for the I pod?  Can I bring it back to life?

4.  Two ho hum runs in Conn. through neighborhoods where it is easy to get lost, there are no shoulders and it was very hot. But I got my runs in!

Glad to be home for a bit now!


misszippy said...

LOVE NYC! Such a fantastic place to visit. Glad you had the chance.

LMC said...

Sounds like such a fun trip! I've never been to NYC, but I think I want to go to the spots in your pix.
I have no good advice about the ipod. I put mine through the washer! After that, I read that you should leave it out to dry for 24 hours being attempting to turn it on. That may work. Good luck!

Char said...

What a great holiday! I'd love to run through Central Park one day. It's amazing that there's such a huge park in the middle of such a busy city.

No suggestions for your ipod, sorry. I've killed 2 MP3's by running in the rain so these days I use a zip-lock bag to protect my music.

Darlene said...

Sounds like a fun day. You gave me some ideas of things to do in the city (that I've never done & I'm from LI). Sorry about the Ipod. I got mine wet and it never turned on again.

Monica said...

New York is one of the places I've always wanted to go....with someone who already knows NY.

Bummer about the IPOD..I'd google it, I'm sure there are thousands of sites that will tell you if it's still alive.

Anne said...

What a fun trip :)

Julie said...

Oh, I would love to go to NY and do all of the fun things that you did! It looks like a total blast:) When my hubby and I go there next year I will have to get some tips from you:)

Molly said...

Love Central Park, I got engaged there!

Pahla said...

I just love how you combine vacations and exercise! Great pics, it looks like such a fantastic time in NYC.

Anonymous said...

NYC is so much fun!!!!

Johann said...

Fantastic pics! Great that you could do your runs. I'd love to go to NY one day.

MCM Mama said...

Looks like NYC was a ton of fun! I haven't been there since before kids.

Marlene said...

Sounds like a great trip - I lover NYC and CP especially. I hope I have a chance to go back soon.

Nice work getting those runs in.

Unknown said...

Your trip to NYC looked so fun! I can't wait to run there in November.

Darlene said...

Re: Silks & Satins in Saratoga, NY on 7/24 -

There’s only 167 so far. Last year, there were over 1000. You can register at

Would love to meet you!

Darlene said...

Re: races in another state - I was thinking of doing a 5k in Manchester on 9/11 - there's a half marathon that day also. Do you know of any others?

Michelle said...

Great pictures. I love to rent bikes when we go places - so much more fun that driving.

As for the IPOD, try putting it in a bowl or bag of rice for five days or so.

I washed my cell phone once and stuck in on the dashboard of the car (leaving the car in the driveway so that it would heat up) for 2-3 days. It worked. Not sure if an IPOD can stand that much heat, though.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

That pic of you riding your bike with the Statue of Liberty behind you is a keeper! 6 miles at MP would be impossible for me in the summer heat. Great job!