|View from our hotel|
|Go see this when it tours. I'll go with you.|
Tuesday, I ran the HighLine, a relatively new park built off an old train trestle. I then walked down for lunch with John and a wonderful time of catching up. After lunch I returned to the Highline, which was much more crowded by this time, and headed to the Javitz Center to spend the afternoon with Eric and his co-workers present their workshop. They were awesome, Eric especially so, and I was pleased to see that many of the workshop attendees resonated with the material and came up after to talk to him. The highlight of the day though was an evening out to a Broadway show! We went to "Something Rotten," which is ending its run in January. I hope it tours because I would totally see it again!
Wednesday I was up early, running the Highline again, and then running the waterfront to Battery Park at the end of Manhatthan. I ran around the park a bit, then headed into the skyscrapers to see what I could find. I got myself thoroughly turned around and saw what I wanted to see in topsy-turvy order, but managed to go to Trinity Church (where Alexander Hamilton is buried), the 9/11 Memorial (assume the emotions), St. Paul's Church, Wall Street (good coffee from a food truck), the Stock Exchange, the Charging Bull, City Hall, the Federal Court, the Brooklyn Bridge (where I debated running over and back, but didn't), then started running again to Tribeca, where I stopped for more coffee at the Roxy Hotel's Jack's Stir Brew, then ran up through SoHo, and with a few more twists and turns and a stop for Bolivian saltena's from a stand, eventually got back to the hotel about 22 miles later, where a nap was in order. That evening, Eric and I walked down to the West Village, where we met up with John again for dinner, caught up more, and ate good Czech food.
Thursday was rainy and the last day of the conference, which meant our last day in NYC. There were still things on my list, so off I went again, returning to Central Park for another 6 miles through the center of the park including the Shakespeare Gardens, Belvedere Castle and the fountain. After changing at the hotel, I headed out and took a meandering walking tour that ended up including Grand Central Station and more good coffee (Café Grumpy). I then walked over the Javitz and caught the last main session of the conference, and, after all was wrapped, went with Eric's co-workers for a late lunch. Eventually, Eric had to return to the conference, and I met up with an old college friend, Matt, for dinner in the East Village. It ended up being quite the late night as we caught up on 15 years and the news of the day. Eric texted that his team was still at dinner, and I took the subway back up (my one concession this week to walking/running everywhere) to meet up with them. It was after midnight by the time we were back to the hotel.
Friday we took the entire day (unintentionally, the eastern seaboard has terrible traffic on Fridays), to drive from NYC to Richmond, Virginia to spend the weekend with our friends Megan and Brian. While the trip took all day and most of the night, it was totally worth catching up with some of our best friends and getting to spend the weekend reconnecting. We trucked their toddler to two separate birthday parties (coincidentally, at the same place - a room filled with bounce houses. Yes, Mr. Eric did help Quinn learn to play in the bouncy house), and got to get to know their 10-month old, whom we hadn't met yet. The kids are great, and we wished we lived in the same place! It would be great to hang with the kids and have Megan and Brian a regular part of our life again (I mean, there WERE weeks in Fort Wayne where Megan and I spent more time with each other than we did with Eric or Brian!)
Sunday, it was back to home for me, while Eric got to stay on and attend the super-fun neighborhood parade for Halloween. I'm jealous because kids in costumes are the best.
And that was the trip. Let's do it again!!! This time, let's actually take photos with the people we saw...