BC: Brooklyn Bridge
FC: New York Fall 2009
1: Itinerary Day 1 On The Road Day 2 Gettysburg Day 3 Brooklyn Day 4 Wallkill Day 5 Watchtower Educational Center Day 6 NYC Site Seeing Day 7 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Day 8 The Met Bible Tour
2: Day 1 On The Road The plan, hit the road by 6 a.m. (almost made it, we were out the door by 6:30 a.m.) to make it to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by evening. The date, October 31st, our 23rd anniversary. Our first stop was Bob Evans in Indiana for a big, hot breakfast (you know how Ben likes his breakfast). He teased me, "Well honey, here is your anniversary breakfast". My response, "Fine with me, we are on our way to Bethel. I'll take the Bob Evans breakfast and a trip to New York any day." That's a great anniversary gift in my book.
5: Day 2 Gettysburg Goal today, tour the 25 miles of battlefield in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by audio tour in our car. The battle at Gettysburg took place July 1-3, 1863 during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln gave The Gettysburg Address on this battlefield November 19, 1863. Next, headed to Philadelphia for the best "Philly Cheese Steak". Food Network said Geno's was the best, in South Philly. Then traveled to the Country Inn in Elizabeth, New Jersey, for a quick night's rest for our Brooklyn Bethel tour Monday morning.
7: Downtown Philadelphia
8: Day 3 Brooklyn Monday morning we drove from New Jersey to 25 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn. Tears filled my eyes as we passed over the Brooklyn Bridge and saw the Watchtower sign. I was so happy we finally made it to Bethel, Jehovah's House! After spending some time in the beautiful lobby, Ron walked us to the Bethelite dining room for lunch with him and his wife, Liz. After lunch, he gave us a personal tour, starting with the rooftop for an incredible view of the city and then the Personnel Office where he works. We then took a tour of the rest of 25 Columbia Heights and 117 Adams Street facilities. We got some great shots at sunset on the roof, Ethan got the best one. Finished touring at 5 p.m. and a sister outside the Adams building recommended Japanese for dinner whereas the brother in the lobby recommended pizza. We decided on Japanese but afterward ordered a pizza from Front Street and took it to him. Headed upstate to Pine Bush to get ready for Wallkill on Tuesday.
13: Day 4 Wallkill Met April this morning for a wonderful tour of the Wallkill property, including miles of beautiful landscape, homes, the farm where they raise cattle, and much more. Next we toured a residence building where we saw her place. Then met up with Mark and Tracey for a delicious lunch, sweet n' sour chicken. Tracey works in the food department so after lunch he showed us the kitchen and commissary. Then Mark took over for a thorough tour of the printery. Went to dinner that evening with Mark at the Gilded Otter. Afterward, hung out with Mark in his room to see how a single Bethelite really lives. Then back to the Harvest Inn. What a great day!
17: Day 5 Watchtower Educational Center - Patterson The plan today was to meet Pam for a tour of Patterson. She gave us a wonderful tour and a walk through the Legal Department where she currently works. Then we met up with Tim for a quick tour of the props room in the Art Department. At our lunch table; Pam and Tim, Rick Curzan, and Tim Geitler. After lunch, Rick gave us a tour of the department he currently works in, Writing Correspondence. This completed our tour of the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses. The Bethel family numbers around 3,000 volunteers. No other organization on earth could accomplish what Jehovah has by means of his spirit directed organization. What a precious reminder that we have the truth!
23: Day 6 NYC Site Seeing On the agenda today, cram in as much of the New York City experience as we can. I think we accomplished it. Some sites we saw and things we did: Chrysler Bldg, United Nations, Ground 0, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, subway to Soho, dinner in Chinatown, Rockefeller Center, saw setup for 30 Rock TV show (Alec Baldwin siting), Times Square. dinner with Rachel and dessert at Serendipity. Stayed at the Marriott on Lexington and 49th in Manhattan, right in the heart of it all!
26: Day 7 Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Up bright and early this morning for a brisk walk to Grand Central Station to catch the subway to Battery Park. Then boarded the ferry to the Statue and Ellis Island. It was a sunny but cold day. The water was rough but it was a short ride to both sites. We had crown access in the Statue which was a 300 step climb for an incredible view. Ellis Island was originally a tiny, 3.5 acre island of slush, sand, and oyster shells in the New York Harbor. The island grew to 27.5 acres by means of landfill which came from ballasts of immigrant ships and materials excavated during the construction of the New York subway system. Ellis Island was the main entry facility for immigrants entering the U.S. from 1892-1954. More than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island.
29: Day 8 The Met Bible Tour They say all good things must come to an end, even a wonderful vacation. Our last stop was The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the edge of Central Park. The Met is considered the world's largest art museum, containing more than 2 million works of art. Joel Miller, a local brother, was our guide for a tour highlighting some artifacts that prove the authenticity of the Bible and fulfillment of Bible prophecy. It was very faith strengthening.