Our second day in the city took us to Pier 83 where we boarded a boat cruising around Manhatten, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Thus far, we have been blessed by really great weather (minus one tropical storm) and today the sun was once again shining. With temperatures in the high 70’s to low 80’s, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.
After another uneventful drive into the city, we boarded our boat and found seats outside on the upper deck. Our tour was 2.5 hours with a very informative narrator. Pier 83 was very near the site where Captain Chesly “Sully” Burnett Sullenberger successfully landed the distressed US Airways plane on January 15, 2009 in the Hudson River, saving all 155 on board. From there, we headed directly toward Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
It must have been an emotional day as immigrants approached Ellis Island – so many dreams and hopes as they started their new lives in the United States of America. Our Grandpa Henry Bowald’s name is recorded there – he was only 13 years old when he landed here with his mother.
The sun was shining brightly on the Statue of Liberty allowing us great photo ops!
From Lady Liberty, we continued our tour around Manhatten.
There are still signs of the old style architecture hidden among the concrete giants. I particularly liked seeing the old roof top water towers. The small red building nestled in the trees, in between the skyscrapers, i
I just have to show you the parking lot where the car was while we were on our boat tour. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this is news worthy but I found it a bit out of the ordinary. We pulled into the parking entrance and instead of finding a large area for parking, we saw two garage doors! Turns out, they were elevators. The attendant pulled the car in, the doors shut and off went the car. Returning, we saw them retrieving our car (lower right square on the monitor pic), then soon the garage door opened and low and behold….there was our little Honda! Pretty slick!
We drove the 1.5 hours back to our campground, hooked up and hit the road again, this time for only one night in Connecticut. We are staying in Mystic, and before leaving in the morning, we hope to see the seaport and sailing ships.
Next stop….Rhode Island! Hope you will continue along with us as we hit those HAPPY TRAILS!