Thursday, October 8, 2015

New York, Day 6

Our last day in NYC was awesome!

But first, funny story from yesterday that I forgot.  At the Statue of Liberty, we tagged on to a tour lead by the a National Park Service Guide.  It was almost over.  So, we stood and listened for a minute.  Then he says, "Follow me down here where we'll conclude our tour."  Our group headed the opposite way as that was the direction we were headed.  We walk for about a minute and David says, "Where's Ben?"  Ben kept going with the tour group.  David goes to find him and Ben is just laying in the grass with his feet up watching the sky.

I asked him later if he was wondering where we were, he said, "Nope."  I don't think he really cared that we weren't around.  He's going to be one of those solo travelers when he gets older.

Ok, now on to today....  

While David was waiting to get us tickets to a tour, we went to the Lego store.  The kids LOVED it!  They have never seen a Lego store. They get their Lego's in the toy aisle at Walmart, so this was quite a treat.

Emily and Noah had gotten a few souvenirs, so Ben was trying to pick a set.  Batman no less.  I thought for sure he'd go for Superman, but whatevs.  I told him we could get Lego's anywhere and he should get something else, but he wanted the Lego's.

Then, we headed to the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center).  We had to wait 30 minutes to go up, so we had a snack and watched the guys make the ice skating rink.

Noah once was going, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom.  I finally look at him and he makes a fish face.  Really?

This was the gorgeous chandelier in Top of the Rock.  It's an upside down version of the building.

Here's some nice views.

You can actually see an orange crane in the middle skyscraper.  How it gets up there, I have no clue. 
That's the Empire State Building.  

If you look in the water in the center of the picture way off is The Statue of Liberty.

Poor Noah's feet hurt.  He has to do double our steps.  And I'm clocking about 20,000 steps a day on my Fitbit.  Poor guy is probably doing 40,000 to keep up.  He hitched a ride with me for a bit.

David ended up carrying him a lot.  

Then, we went on the tour that David got us tickets for earlier.  It's called The Ride.  And you sit in these double decker enclosed buses and get a tour,  But, it's not just a tour.  It's totally fun and interactive.  

We passed this guy and at first you don't know if they are part of the show or just someone on the street.  Then, he started dancing to our music.  The best part is the people on the street and their reaction.  Most the time, they don't even glance over.  It's really funny.

The kids weren't sure what to think of it.

This was the breakdancing UPS guy.

This is just a person on the street, not even part of the tour.

Same with Iron Man.

And Spider Man....

Then, came a ballet dancer dancing all around this circle.  The guy from the first stop joined her.

We like this guys honesty.  Need money for weed. 

And there was some singing.

It was totally fun.  Emily really wanted to do it and then she was just quiet on the whole thing.  I think it was a little too much for her, but we are glad we did it.

Then, we went to lunch.  The kids wanted Subway and we refuse to eat at regular places on this trip.  But, we got them Subway.  My Dad and Suzy got some pizza.  David and I wanted to eat on 9th street somewhere since all the guides talk about all the great food there.  So, we stop in at Lenwich by Lenny's and order a few sandwiches.  And then, Rod Stewart comes in with his daughter and orders some food.  David shook his hand and said hi.  Suzy told him she loved him.  :)  Suzy got the first pic.  I got the last one.

Then, we headed to the Intrepid Museum.  I had never seen a boat this big.

The first thing we did was tour The Growler, a submarine.  These guys would be on there for 2-3 months without ever getting fresh air or seeing sunlight.  After walking through, I realize that there is absolutely no way that I could ever do that.  

This is their sleeping quarters.  Four guys stacked on top of each other, 12 in one area.  

But, they had some fun and played games.

Then, we walked around the Intrepid ship.

It had all these super cool planes on top.  This is an F16.

And the stealth bomber.  It goes 2200 miles per hour.  

The kids got to drive the ship.

I liked this one that looked like a shark.

Noah and Emily pose for pictures and then Ben is doing an acting pose.  

I wonder if you felt better or worse sleeping on top of a missile.  

Noah looking through the periscope.

Then, we had ice cream for dinner!  Why not?

Noah liked this little self serve water station more than his ice cream.  Ugh, that kid drives me crazy sometimes.

We had some fun in front of the play Kinky Boots.

We ended up in Times Square and just spent a little time taking in the site and people as it got dark.  It was a nice way to end our evening.

We headed to our hotel rooftop deck to get one last shot of The Empire State Building.  We are all sad our trip is ending.  Emily had a great time.  She was really worried about going to a big city, but I think NYC has changed her mind and she knows it's not a big scary place.

Noah is sad to leave.

Ben gives it a thumbs up.

And that's our trip!  The kids have decided that big cities are fun.  They want to do beach vacations, but want to do big cities in the Fall.  Sounds good to me!


Anonymous said...

What a great trip! You packed so much in - great memories! Travel safe! Xo

Linda said...

Such a Wonderful trip!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you guys. Beautiful weather, and even got to see a star (Rod Stewart, how cool is that?!) :) Plus, I think it's so neat for Ben's sake that there were these super heroes walking about everywhere. All of it is great. NYC - what a fantastic place to be in the Fall or any time of the year I'm sure.

Safe travels home.
Sarah and I leave this afternoon for our weekend girls trip to the Chicago suburbs. Not nearly as much exciting places, but it will be fun for us. :)

Love, Linda