Last year when we started talking about summer vacation 2010, Lauren's request to her Poppa was a trip to New York.
Well, today, was the day...the one she has been talking about for a long time.
Our day started at about 5:30...but there was no problem getting them up, dressed, out the door, and
to breakfast by 6:45. They may not be too awake yet, but after muffins, cheese, and some good ole Orange Juice, they came to life.
We were ready to
load the bus by 7:15.
quickly chose their seats and were now anxious to get on the road.
Lauren was then off to take pictures of
Dad and J who were also excited about the adventure for the day.
Keaton gave us a run down of the trip agenda and we were off. It took us a little over an hour to get from the KOA through New Jersey, through the Lincoln Tunnel and into the city.
It was here that she
got her first glimpse of the New York City skyline.
We traveled into the city, working our way past
the construction at Ground Zero where the new
One World Tower will stand in place of the Twin Towers.
We continued on to
Battery Park, unloaded from
our bus, boarded our
ferry, and headed out to
This is what Lauren has been waiting for all year long...and to say she was excited
would be an understatement!
stopped for a picture with Miss Liberty before it was time to meet
Keaton with his yellow umbrella.
Then is was back on the ferry. We had a short stop at
Ellis Island before docking back at Battery Park. Before leaving the area, we saw this
world globe that was moved from the site of the Twin Towers. It was left in the same condition that it was found.
Back on the bus, we headed to South Street Seaport. We then went on a short walking trip down Wall Street to see
The New York Stock Exchange.
After lunch at the
All American Deli, we traveled to the
Empire State Building.
Up 80 floors on one elevator and then up a different elevator for 6 more stories, we reached the Observation Deck where we saw
New York from
The Statue of Liberty from far away and we located
Central Park far below.
After a quick
rest, we headed back down those 86 floors. We boarded our bus one more time and were off to none other than
Here, we all enjoyed a real
New York hot dog from one of the local street vendors.
was finishing his while
the girls were doing a little purse shopping.
We watched ourselves on
the big screen at Forever 21, and saw where
my favorite morning show, Good Morning America, is produced.
Too soon, our time was up and it was time to
get back to the bus to start our trip back to Newburgh.
Thank goodness we had a good driver who made her way through the Friday afternoon
rush hour while we
took a little rest after our busy day in the city.
A couple of other things we saw that made our day special was
this fire truck,
The American Girl Doll Store, and
the beautiful St. Paul's Cathedral.
What a great adventure and a dream come true for this