Only when Marti got the text, she realized it was this weekend, and her sister was already in the city.
In no time we were in the Element heading North into Manhattan, about an hour and one half drive.
When we exited the Lincoln tunnel we found the usual:
Good old crawling bumper to bumper traffic.
We finally got to the Fashion District, dumped the car in a parking garage (ouch$$$) and lit out on foot to meet Marti's sister.
Since we missed lunch, while we were hoofing it to meet Gail, I grabbed us some lunch, yes, New York's famous Dirty Water Dogs, (AKA hot dogs from a cart).
We finally met up with Gail, she and Marti had a ball visiting the fabric shops to pick out new materials for sewing and crafting projects.
I just kind of hung out outside each shop and took in the sights.
Finally, all the fabric shopping was done and it became time for Marti to say goodbye to Gail. We pried the Element from the grips of the parking garage for a mere $37 (cheaper than redeeming your car after it has been towed) and headed towards home.
We were cheered by the sight of the new Freedom Tower being built at the Ground Zero site. We spent many years of my Coast Guard career in NYC and visited the twin towers of the World Trade Center many times, we have memories and pictures of our kids up on top of the towers. It was good to see that the American Spirit has not been defeated.
Not your average back to nature hike, or kayak trip, but it was fun anyway. Now if we can just pay closer attention to our day of the week clock...
Sorry, no Anabelle picture today. Amanda's parents are visiting this weekend and we have to share. ;c)
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