[[Final, time-delayed report of our exciting trip to The East Coast. See earlier installments here, here, and here. This post was written on the flight back to Seattle. By now, we've been home for almost a week and we both have the flu. Wheeee!]]
I suppose it’s not entirely surprising—and perhaps it won’t be a huge disappointment to the readers of blahdeblahblah—that on the fourth through sixth, or maybe even seventh, day. I rested, or at least failed to write daily reports. Now I’m even vague as to how many days it has been.
Friday was the travel day so after clearing out of our charming, but still wi-fi–challenged apartment, we dropped our luggage at the baggage storage at Union Station and then caught the red line to the National Zoo, which like most of DC’s federal attractions, is free. If I’ve not mentioned it in an earlier post, I’ll say now, DC is a fabulous spot for families and the budget-conscious because, once you’ve got a place to stay, pretty much everything else is free. Well, you still have to pay for your food, but museums, monuments, etc. are largely free—which maybe explains the crowds everywhere.
|No autographs, please|
|Ring-tailed lemurs were quite frolicsome at the zoo|
The train between DC and NYC has many stops but it was lovely to see the woods and the houses and buildings as we chugged along. There is a lot of water along the way as well. Penn Station, in NYC, was a madhouse, a word I somehow think I’ve used more than once in this travelogue. After a string of voicemails and texts (“Where are you? We’re on the first level.” “Go up the escalator.” “We went up the escalator and now we’re outside where it’s damned cold; where are you?” “Just stay there.”), we met up with the Wohlreillys and great was the rejoicing—as well as bitching about the cold. The sketchiness of this report is about to become ever so much more sketchy.
NYC is an amazing city and we had a fabulous time visiting the Frick (which was on the list; no photos as photography is not allowed there) and also Prospect Park (which I’d never really heard of before) and deciding to drop the plan to go to the Met (it seems that one can just be museumed out after a few days), and, sadly, not making it the Cloisters. Again.
The Wohlreillys know the most excellent places for everything so we had a lovely meal at Palo Santo on Friday and heard the most amazing band, Anbessa Orchestra, at Barbes Saturday night. Sunday, which would be last night, meaning that this must be Monday and Monday must be the seventh day, Sunday night we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge which is even more gorgeous at night than it is during the day, and we stayed up far too late drinking every drop in their place and talking about everything under the sun.
|Frolicking on the Brooklyn Bridge|
This morning started late so it’s fortunate that Dizzy’s serves breakfast all day. We wandered a bit, hitting Greenlight Bookstore and a bagel shop before stopping briefly back at the Wohlreilly condo to collect our luggage and then hurried along to the nearest Long Island Railroad station where, thanks to some masterful maneuvering during which I was a complete bystander, Scott and I caught the 3:56 train to Jamaica where we transferred to the train to JFK. Maybe, Imaginary Reader, you ask why you’ve read this dull report. I assure you that this LIR to JFK travel tip is well worth wading through all the rest.
I add as my final travel pointer that JFK’s C terminal is sadly lacking in decent fleshpots but that apparently no one is going to object if you drink a can of beer while waiting at the C45 gate. Which you would have been wanting to do yourself if you were me and realized, far too late, that your compression sleeve and glove were in that bag that was, by now, irrecoverably checked. Fingers crossed that this scarf I’ve wrapped around the delicate left will be more effective than seems likely.
|View towards Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge|
To come, maybe, a post all about birds!