Month: September 2018

Trip to New York and Boston

My wife and I decided to celebrate our 29th Anniversary by going on a long desired trip to New York City.  My wife has always wanted to go but has never been able to.  The timing was perfect to be able to go to Boston, Massachusetts for the retirement ceremony of a friend at Hanscom Air Force Base.

We decided to drive on this trip because it gave us the opportunity to see many states that we’ve never been before.  One of those states was West Virginia as shown in this picture below.

Most of my family is from the Western part of the United States so we never  had a reason to go East.  I’ve never really seen much of the Eastern United States, other than Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. We did land at JFK airport in 1991, on our way to England for the Air Force.

One of the places that we’ve never seen before but really loved was a restaurant called Bob Evans.

Apparently this is a well known restaurant around the Northeast part of the country but we had never heard of them.  I have to say, their breakfast was wonderful. We stopped at this restaurant in Cambridge, Ohio. One of the more creepy parts of our trip was when we decided to stop for the night in Springfield, Ohio.  We paid for our room and opened the door to see that someone had already been staying in this room and it had not been cleaned.  You can see how the room looked when we opened the door.

In addition to this, the bathroom was still dirty with someone else’s towels still on the floor.  After complaining at the front desk, they got us another room.  The second room had water dripping from the ceiling in the bathroom with black mold over the toilet.  The next day we drove most of the day and was excited to see this view as we entered Jersey City, NJ.

In the course of two miles, we went from wide open spaces and beautiful scenery to this.  I was a bit alarmed when we suddenly, from out of no where stopped with the bottle neck traffic.  It was New Jersey so we adapted.

We actually stayed in an Air BnB in Jersey City, NJ. People thought we were crazy because this town has such a bad reputation for being ghetto.  Well, there were parts that looked scary but the place we stayed was very nice and the people were nice as well.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the people when we got there. I’ve always heard stories about how rough people are there and not very friendly but thankfully that never really showed up in our experiences.  The next morning when we got up, we got on the PATH train from Jersey City to the World Trade Center.  You can see the crowd n this photo.

In the picture below you can see the World Trade Center station that arrived in. You can see how new everything looks after having to rebuild it after the attacks.

Of course, our first stop was the World Trade Center Memorial.

Of the many stops we made, the picture below is of Times Square.  When we arrived in NYC, our intention was to ride the subway around town. We didn’t think it through very well because what ended up being the case was this. We stopped to see one sight, and then looked at Google Earth and discovered other nearby sites, so we walked to them.  Once we got there, we looked at our map again and realized how close we were to other sites, so we walked again.  After doing this all day, we hadn’t realized just how far we walked.  By the end of the day, we had to ride the subway back because our feet were hurting so bad.  I can’t describe how much my feet hurt for days after this.  We ended up walking more than seven miles that day.

The next day we had tickets to the New York Yankees and Boston Redsox game and had planned on riding the subway all the way up to the Bronx.  When we got up that morning, our feet were still hurting so bad.  I just didn’t have it in me to walk the 3/4 mile back to the train station. I convinced my wife that we could just drive over there and pay for the parking.

Well the drive ended up being very expensive and a long commute, but we did it.  The George Washington Bridge cost us $15.00 toll, just to cross the Hudson river.  This doesn’t count the tolls on the freeway getting over there.  In this picture above, you can see the stadium as we arrived.

On this trip, we also went to Boston and along the way, we stopped at several places along the way.  As a 35 year Amateur (Ham) Radio operator, I’ve always heard of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  It is in a town called Newington, Connecticut.  Since we were already right there, I wanted to stop and take a few pictures. This is the front of their building. We were sort of in a hurry so we didn’t go inside.

We also stopped at Plymouth Rock Massachusetts.  I really enjoyed this because of the history of the place.

After attending our friend’s retirement, we went downtown Boston to see a few sites and then have a nice dinner together.

We really had a good time on this trip, though it wasn’t long enough to see everything. We had an eight day trip, and we were traveling four of those.  Finally, on our way back home, we stopped at Niagara Falls.

We had not planned on going to Niagara Falls but along the way, we started seeing signs as we approached Buffalo, NY.  We both agreed to just drive a little out of our path and go see it before we went home.  It was an amazing site and I am glad we stopped.

This was not a well planned trip, as in preparation.  It was an idea that came up on short notice and we tried to save a little bit so that we could go on this trip without using credit.  Overall, the trip gave us some memories we’ll never forget. I do have to say that we are not that physically fit, and even though the much walking was good for us, it really wore us out.  By the time we got home, we just wanted to relax.  It was well worth it though because we hardly ever travel to visit places and it was a memory that we’ll never forget.