BC: The End
FC: Our New England Road Trip | AKA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
1: Time: 4:25 am When: June 9th, 2012 Destination: Jersey City, New Jersey Because the kids spent the night at their grandparents house we were able to leave whenever we woke up. Why it was so early I don't know. My guess is we were both excited about our vacation. No worries, no work, no kids, just us. The plan was to take our time and get to the hotel by supper. | Stan left this for me after his shower. So sweet!
2: Since our hotel was in New Jersey we had to use the PATH (a transit system that runs from New Jersey to New York) and the Subway to get around; that is when we weren't walking. It was a little confusing figuring out which train to use to get from point A to point B, but it didn't take long to catch on. These cards were what we had to use to pay for our rides.
3: The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority. It is one of the oldest and most extensive public transportation systems in the world, with 468 stations in operation. Overall, the system contains 209 miles of routes, translating into 656 miles of revenue track; and a total of 842 miles including non-revenue trackage. In 2011, the subway delivered over 1.64 billion rides, averaging approximately 5.3 million rides on weekdays, about 3.0 million rides on Saturdays, and about 2.4 million rides on Sundays. The New York City Subway is the seventh busiest rapid transit rail system in the world. | NEW YORK
4: Hoboken, NJ | Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro Sr. purchased Carlo's Bakery in 1964. Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro Jr. currently runs the bakery, with help from his four older sisters, three brothers-in-law, and other assorted family members and friends. The bakery rose to fame in April 2009 with the premiere of Cake Boss, a reality television series on TLC that shows the staff of the Bake Shop creating elaborate custom-order novelty cakes.
5: We got to our hotel just before dinner, so we decided to head to Carlo's Bakery. Of course there was a line to get into the bakery, which I didn't think was too bad. Once we got inside I found out that is was very slow compared to most days. They had so many people inside that it was very hard to move around and see what you even wanted to order. I had looked at stuff | on-line before we left so I knew what I wanted. While I was waiting on our order Buddy's big sister, Madeline, came out with cannolis for people to sample.. After I got our order and a t-shirt we got out of there. We ate supper at the pizza shop that was next door and then took our dessert into the city. | the front
6: Times Square is a major commercial intersection in Midtown Manhattan, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Times Square is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway theater district, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. According to Travel & Leisure magazine's October 2011 survey, Times Square is the world's most visited tourist attraction, bringing in over 39 million visitors annually. | After walking around for a while we decided to sit down and enjoy our snacks from Carlo's Bakery. A red velvet cupcake, a carrot cupcake and his famous lobster tail. SO YUMMY!!
7: Times Square was a rather interesting place. Amongst all the people were characters from different kids movies, | lots of cops, taxis and even the naked cowboy. The GAINT candy bar reminded us of our pastor (they are his favorite).
8: Central Park | . . . . a world all its own | Sunday morning After eating donuts & some fruit at the hotel for breakfast we decided to head to Central Park. It was so peaceful and remarkably quiet. There were lots of people running and biking. We took our time and walked to the Pond, which is almost in the middle of the Park, then headed toward Belvedere Castle. Since I had watch Smurfs a few months before I wanted to see it for real. I must say it wasn't as big as it looks in the movie, but it was still cool. As we were walking through | the park we saw a guy playing the cello. He was really good. After a few hours of walking around we were both getting hungry. We came out of the park by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
10: Grand Central Terminal a commuter rail terminal station at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. It is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them. Though the total number of tracks along the platforms and in rail yards exceeds 100. According to the travel magazine Travel + Leisure in its October 2011 survey, Grand Central Terminal is "the world's number six most visited tourist attraction", bringing in approximately 21,600,000 visitors annually.
11: After we left Central Park, we headed to Grand Central Station. When I found out that Bobby Flay had a restaurant in New York I knew that's where I wanted to eat. We decided to do lunch because it was cheaper than supper. Stan and I both ordered the Mesa burger and fries. The burger was huge, juicy and DELIOUSE!!! As were the fries, which were served with ketchup and homemade mustard.
12: The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. With a main span of 1,595.5 feet, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and as the East River Bridge, it was formally named the Brooklyn Bridge by the city in 1915. Since its opening, it has become an icon of New York City, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972. | One side is for bikers & runners, the other is for walkers. And if you are on the wrong side you will get yelled at.
14: Manhattan's Chinatown home is the largest population of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere. Chinatown is also one of the oldest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia.
15: Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italians. Today the neighborhood of Little Italy consists of Italian stores and restaurants. | Chinatown was one of those places that I wanted to visit just to say that I'd been there. When we got there we discovered that there was a festival going on in the park. It was really interesting to see everything that was going on. There were even a couple of groups that were singing and playing Chinese instruments. As were walked down the streets I was amazed at the number of shops and massage places. Not sure I would get a massage though because most of them were located in the basements. As we came to | the end of a block I noticed things were very different. Behind me was Chinatown and in front of me was Little Italy. Most of the places in Little Italy were either shops or restaurants. But there was still a lot of people.
16: After we left Chinatown and Little Italy we decided to head back to the hotel and rest a while. We ended up taking a much needed nap. When we woke up we headed to Hoboken for dinner and exploring. We found this park that was on the river. There were a couple of bands playing music so we found a spot and listened. As you can see we had a great view of New York City.
17: One World Tower
18: Monday morning Some of the things we saw while exploring the city include: The Museum of American Indians, US Supreme Court & Castle Clinton in Battery Park.
21: While people were waiting in line, other people took pictures of the butt and almost all of them touched the nuts, as did Stan. However the best picture was of Stan putting both hand on the balls, leaning back and opened his mouth. He started laughing as did everyone watching and I couldn't click fast enough. I tried to get him to do it again but that wasn't happening. | Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, is a 7,100 lb bronze sculpture by Arturo Di Modica that stands in Bowling Green Park near Wall Street in New York City. Standing 11 feet tall and measuring 16 feet long, the oversize sculpture depicts a bull, the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on its haunches and with its head lowered as if ready to charge. The sculpture is both a popular tourist destination which draws thousands of people a day, as well as "one of the most iconic images of New York" and a "Wall Street icon" symbolizing "Wall Street" and the Financial District.
22: Since the Statue of Liberty was being repaired we decided to go on a New York Waterway cruise that went around the harbor. I really enjoyed being able to see so much in just an hour. Maybe next time we will be able to go on the island. | Governors Island
23: This is the airport from Fools Rush In | Ellis Island | Liberty Island
24: The iconic Wall St. It | wasn't really what Stan and I | were expecting. We really liked seeing the stock exchange & Trump Tower. I especially liked Tiffany's. Not only did the jewelery sparkle but so did the ceiling. Their cheapest thing was $75.
27: This is the motorcycle that Paul Jr. Design built for the 9-11 Memorial. We had seen the episode on TV so it was kind of cool seeing it in person.
28: One World Tower and Memorial Pool
30: Tuesday morning So Sunday we discovered that we had a flat tire. We didn't plan on doing any driving while we were in New Jersey until we left so we decided to fill up the tire and wait to change or patch it. Tuesday morning we left New Jersey and headed up the coast. The tire stayed inflated so once we got out of New York City we decided to fix the problem before it got worse. We found the nearest Walmart, got plugs and Stan plugged the hole. Again we took our time traveling and made a few stops along the way. The picture of us is in Rhode Island. It was kind of a dreary day so it made everything look hazy.
31: Massachusetts | Rhode Island | Connecticut
33: My new favorite spot! | Portland Headlight, Maine
34: One of the things I really wanted to do while in Maine was to try eating a lobster. We found a little restaurant on the bay for supper. I of course ordered lobster and Stan got a lobster roll (which is basically a cold lobster sandwich). When I got my dinner there were step by step instructions on how to eat it. As I cracked the first claw and got squirted with juice, I knew this was going to be an interesting dinner.
35: Wednesday morning On our way to Vermont we stopped at the Mt. Washington Auto Road. It had rained a lot the night before so we were only allowed to go half way up. It was foggy but the view was still incredible. | Mt. Washington, the highest peak in Northeastern United States. It's summit is 6,288 ft, over 8 miles long.
37: This is Stan's part of our vacation, hiking the Appalachian Trail. I knew this was going to be a challenge but I knew I could do it even with 20 lbs on my back. The plan was to hike in 3 miles, sleep for the night then hike the remaining 7 miles to Stratton Pond.
38: The trails were less than easy. And the up and down about killed me. To be honest I wasn't sure I could make it the full 10 miles in. We stopped at a cabin at the base of Spruce Peak for the night and decided to stay in that instead of our tent. The cabin was big enough for 12-15 people. We stayed on the bottom bunk. There were two other guys that joined us later in the evening, both of which had been on the trail for 6 weeks and were planning on staying another month or two. The picture of the tin cup is what you hang your bag from to keep the mice out. And let me tell you there were lots of mice. We heard them all night, some even right behind our heads. The other guy said he was pretty sure some were climbing on him. Tomorrow night we will be sleeping in our tent.
40: Thursday morning A couple miles from Spruce Peak was a look out point. The rock I was sitting on was at the edge of the mountain.
41: The View from Prospect Rock
42: Along the way we would stop at springs and fill our water bottles.
43: We also saw some moose tracks and "cat" tracks along the way too. | To make sure we were on the right trail we had to look for these white marks on trees. Some were easier to see than others.
44: I was so thankful when we finally made it to Stratton Pond. The view was amazing. I discovered I had blisters on both heals and on my big toes. While Stan made supper I took a nap.
45: Stratton Pond
46: Saturday morning Our goal for today was to walk the whole 10.5 miles out to our car. I had all my blisters taped, Stan even had to tape his ankle where the boot rubbed, and we were off.
47: About 5 miles from the car I started having really bad pain in my knee. So I took some Ibuprofen and kept moving. A little over a hour later the pain started to intensify and Stan was having to help me step up and down which was pretty much the entire trail. He wanted to stop for the night so I could rest but I wanted to push on. Finally 3 miles away I couldn't take it anymore. Stan took off and hauled out, then came running back in to take my pack so it would be easier for me to walk. By this time I was almost in tears and on Vicodin. I did managed to make it out but it wasn't easy. Once we left we headed for dinner and a hotel. Saturday we took our time heading home. We arrived just after dinner time. All in all it was a great trip and we really enjoyed our time together!