New York City

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
On our fourth day on vacation we decided to spend the fourth of july in New York City. We drove our to new jersey and took the train to the city. The whole trip took about 2 hours, it really wasn't bad. It was actually fun to experience the train riding fun. Oh the people you see in those. ;)
My first reaction when we got to the city was Wow look at all the huge tall building, and at all the yellow cabs everywhere. Second thing that crossed my mind was Oh WOW it's hot here. ha ha I was always hot and sweaty on our trips. Every. Single. Day! The climate change almost killed me. Just a little dramatic right? haha 
Our first stop in NYC was The Empire State Building. We went up 86 floors in minutes to the very top where we saw the whole city from the top. It was amazing and breath taking. We could see the statue of liberty, central park, brooklyn bridge, the twin towers and so much more. We stayed up there for quite a while just soaking up the beautiful views from every angle. It was definitely worth our money. 
Second stop was the Statue of Liberty. We took a Staten Island Ferry that took us right in front of it. The views from the ferry again, was amazing. We got to see the city from far, the statue of liberty so close, the brooklyn bridge again and so many other beautiful views. It was amazing. 
After Lady Liberty we decided to grab some lunch. We decided to stop at the first place we saw because 1. we were starving and 2. we just wanted to sit down in some ac to cool off. So we stopped at a TGI Fridays. We sat looked at the menu and the cheapest thing was a sandwich for 20 something dollars. So we got right up and decided to go look for something else. Ha ha We then ended up in a cute little cafe where we got some delicious burgers for half the price of the other crazy restaurant. And score, we were right on the corner of the 9/11 Memorial. Another stop we wanted to make. 
So after lunch we headed to the 9/11 Memorial, it was another free activity. There are two pools in memory of the twin towers. A North and a South pool. The 2,983 names of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993, are inscribed into bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools, located in the footprints of the Twin Towers. As we stood there around the pools and thought about what it represented it gave me goose bumps and almost brought tears to my eyes. It was a beautiful memorial and I was so grateful we were able to stop there. 
After the 9/11 Memorial we headed to Times Square. It was jam packed with people because, hello it was the fourth of July! It was beautiful. All the lights, billboards, stores and everything was just crazy. 
And our last stop was the harbor for fireworks. It was again jam packed with people. Streets closed down because there was people every where. The fireworks were great. There were 3 different ones being shot up in the air in different areas. I'm sure it was just beautiful from the top of the sky high building but we just saw them from the ground. It was still beautiful and I was grateful we had the opportunity of being there right then together.
Our little NYC experience was short lived but great none the less. We were so grateful that we had the opportunity of being there and getting to know a little bit of the city. We will definitely have to go back and definitely not in the summer. ha ha I experienced enough of the crazy East Coast heat wave this one time. I say next time we go in the fall. Doesn't that sound perfect? Just a little chilly for a jacket. Ah sounds so pleasant.
Thanks for stopping by! 
XoXo

Washington D.C.

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Our last stop while on vacation in the East coast was Washington D.C.
We debated whether or not to go because it was towards the end of our vacation and we were dead from a week long of walking everywhere and touring everything. There was also a almost 3 hours drive there. But we figured we don't have any plans to be around that area anytime soon so we decided to just go. Even though we checked the weather and it was suppose to be high in the 105s.

We braved everything, woke up early, got ready and headed to D.C. I learned the hard way that when we go on vacations like this I just need to wear a ugly comfy work out shoe if I want my feet to survive. So I did, i looked fugly but my feet loved me. They were hot but so dang comfortable!!

We got to D.C. early and the heat was already tremendous! The good thing of getting there early was we got great parking, right in front of the Washington Monument. We packed a backpack with just waters because we knew the heat was going to be bad and went to town on foot to all the monuments.

After walking for not even 30 minutes we were drenching wet. It looked like husband had peed his pants because his pants were all wet of sweat, so was his whole back from carrying a book bag. We saw a lot in a good amount of time. Then came lunch time and we were on a hunt for a air conditioned place. By this time we were dead, no energy left. It's funny what a climate change can do to you.
So after lunch we decided we would only see a few more places. So we did.

The one place i did not want to skip out on no matter what was the LDS D.C. Temple. It was all the way across town but we made to it. The view was breath taking, it was definitely one of the most beautiful temples i've EVER seen! After being in the crazy cities that whole week just to be in the temples visitor center and on the temple grounds was peaceful. I was glad we made our way up there to  see it!

We were done with D.C. around 5 in the afternoon. We were just dead. The whole week of walking in 100 plus humid weather everyday wore us out and the D.C. weather was the cherry on top.
We were however super grateful we had the opportunity of getting to visit the city. I had always wanted to see what it was like and we definitely got a little fill of it.

We loved this vacation so much. We got to see so many places we had never seen before in our lives.
One thing is for sure though, I AM NOT A CITY GIRL! I could never live in "the city" and I admire those who do and are! When we got back home to Utah I had never been more grateful for where I live. We got off the plane late at night around midnight and the weather was like 78 degrees with 25% humidity comparing to where we were with 100 degrees and 80% humidity at anytime of the day, Utah was HEAVEN! I was just grateful to be back home and grateful for everything. Like the atmosphere, i love the desert dryness, I love the mountains, i love the nice people everywhere, I love that we are surrounded by our Gospel, i love that we can drive everywhere, i love that everywhere has sufficient parking, I love that we don't have to pay to drive on roads, i love that we pay cheap rent (with parking), I love that I know my neighbors (and that they are nice), I simply love Utah and i'm so grateful that this is where I live.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Blog Archive