We had an amazing first night in New York City anchored in front of the Statue of Liberty. No, we didn’t go ashore, we were too tired to do much, but we luxuriated in the calmness of the harbor and the brilliant view of the New York City skyline. One hundred yards from Liberty Island we imagined how millions of Americans must have felt seeing the Statue for the first time, with all their hopes for freedom and prosperity. We have enjoyed traveling to third world countries in Central America and the Caribbean, but we cherish our citizenship and felt a rush of patriotic pride sailing back into the United States.
We spent the next two days exploring as much of the city as we could with stops at the Empire State Building, Time Square, Central Park and the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier museum where we saw, in addition to a WW11 aircraft carrier, a concord and a space shuttle. Our last stop was a somber one at the 911 memorial. The reflection pools where the two towers once stood was a tearful experience and immediately brought us back to that fateful day.
Still pushing forward, trying to get to Maine by the end of the week.