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!