City Walks

The trip I’ve been waiting and waiting for fiiiiinally came.
I made it to New York to visit Katie!

Ample Hills with Katie

The big reason for my trip was to spend time with her and the two guys she lives with, but when in NYC, you’ve gotta see what you can. And walking-while-talking is my ideal way to spend time. So we put a lot of miles on our legs!

I had just a few items must-do list: Art, Yoga and Central Park.

Once I got there, though, I realized I needed to add one more: Brooklyn. Mostly because it’s Spot Collins’ territory, but also it just sounds like there’s been a lot popping up there this decade.

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I like this

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I like this way more!

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We tried to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, but we took a wrong turn and ended up on the Manhattan Bridge. It was beautiful and we had much more space to walk, though the trains were…very loud.

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So we’d started in Prospect Park, and Katie headed back home for baby-duty once we crossed the bridge, but I kept on a-wandering. I found Washington Square Park and imagined Jess was reading on one of the benches.

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I made my way up Broadway, stopping for a gyro along the way, and after Times Square was too crowded to pass through, I took a slight detour which took me past some other recognizable things

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While on the phone with Joe, I found Central Park! Check.

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I walked the entire length on my way up to Harlem, seeing a lovely sunset on my way

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We had wonderful evenings in and wonderful breakfasts every morning. I loved getting to spend time with this sweetie! I never managed to catch one, but I swear he’s so smiley!

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I’d been hearing some controversy about “The Vessel” in Hudson Yards, and it turns out it’s on one end of the High Line, and the Whitney is on another. What better walk?!

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I was a bit hungry, so we stopped in to a super fancy mall to find something suitable. This Snark Park caught our attention along the way

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High Line! (An old elevated train track that was turned into a wonderful park and walking path)

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The Whitney Museum of American Art had some treasures for me. Including some Ellsworth Kelly, which I always love getting to see in person

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A rooftop lunch while reading my book

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Perfect weather, beautiful view

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Outdoor exhibitions!

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This massive tapestry of television static just tickled me

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After a roam around Chelsea, I realized I wasn’t far from the iconic Flatiron Building. So why not go take a look?!

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Then I took a train up to see the Frick. They, however, did not accept our reciprocal museum membership so I went a few blocks away to the Met Breuer instead

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And along with that admission came admission to the big Met, so I took a peak at a few of the wings

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Oceania is impressive

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I just liked this

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Eleonora Carrington!

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And some things just grab you. This painting is like 6 feet high

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Central Park again!

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I hit all of the things on my list and had a wonderful trip all around. Thank you, Katie!

It’s always great to come home after a trip, too. Getting off the bus from the airport, I noticed how fresh and fragrant it smelled! I love Minnesota springtime.

This weekend we had beautiful weather, so Joe took us to Afton State Park for a hike

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That’s the St Croix river, which we walked along

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Rocks to clamber upon

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It got a wee bit long for Henry, but Daddy’s helpful in that regard

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Love!

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When we got back home, Mom and Dad were waiting for us. The next day, we took them on their very own hike, just within our neighborhood. There was a surprise wading pool along the way. I didn’t realize they were open yet

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Then we found Minnehaha Creek. There were some canoers who were having to get suuuper low in their canoes to make it under bridges in this high water

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Joe and his dad did that a few years ago, so he tells us the story and mimics what it feels like to do that

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It was interesting to watch them try to get through

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Dad, always ready to help, assisted a kayaker in getting out of the water so she could go around on land instead

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Walkin’ along Minnehaha Creek, havin’ a happy holiday

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‘Cept some parts were a little underwater

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Not here, though!

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Back at the ranch, the boys had so many things to keep Grandma and Grandpa busy

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But it was very serious.

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No one had any fun or anything.

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We all kept our composure

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BYE!!!!!

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