It’s July, it’s the hottest day in New York City and yours truly is not in air-conditioning, no!, we are walking through Central Park. Welcome to 30 minutes in the Life and this is mine plus a few additional minutes 🙂
You may remember that I did a quick overview of the New York City trip. Honestly, that was 15 of about 1500 images. Since the Rochester training trip my life has got a little hectic and honestly I feel like I do not have the time to go out. I have become in the last couple of months a workaholic because I know I have a deadline to pull together a brand new system and ensure that it is ready to go live before the end of the year. No pressure here, but it makes it a little harder to get out and go walking in the city looking for photo’s to take. Added to that South Florida is miserably hot.
Part of this day we planned to walk in Central park and then head to the Natural History Museum to cool off and spend the hottest part of the day inside there. I think a million other people had the same idea. So off we go, water in hand, camera bag on my back, and a bus ticket in my hand. We arrive at Central Park and need to cross the road. I have this image in my mind of looking up a New York City street with iconic taxi’s in my view. Moving and taking pics is not working so I get to the side of the road and stop to get my images.
Lesson one. When you are out with people who are not taking the same photographs as you, keep an eye on them. Oh yes, I lost them. Of course, they did not keep an eye on me either. They wandered off, not waiting for me. I went down the way I thought I had seen Richard go. Walked down this off beaten pathway with a stranger who also seemed to be “lost” and eventually came out at the through road.
Crossing the road, I discovered I was in Shakespeare’s Garden. No family but the garden was really pretty. So I meandered around the gardens, which I might add were really tranquil and finally decided that since I had not found them I should go back to the through road and try and figure out where the castle was.
I did not find the maps terribly user friendly. The WhatsApp group had gone silent despite a number of messages being sent by yours truly. Finally I stop at a concession cart and ask for directions on how to get to the castle. The seller gives me directions and off I go. Once again I am following a road blindly. There were no directional maps nearby and my gps now tells me I have a long walk around the lake, so I plod on.
Just as I am passing Romeo and Juliet and then a major row of toilets, my phone rings (which it could have done far earlier) and it is Richard asking me where I am.
Umm, I am on the other side of the lake looking at Belvedere Castle. Yip. Probably if I had looked really closely, I could have seen them all glaring at me. However, If I had gone the way they had gone I would not have seen then next few beautiful views.
Off I plod again. I say plod because my feet are kind of sore already. Remember that post op feet are still not what they should be. They still get sore pretty quickly.
Finally I arrived the Belvedere Castle, to the faces of 3 unhappy people. Oh well, you can’t win them all. At least I got the spectacular (in my mind) front view of the castle over the lake. I certainly enjoyed the views from the tower looking over central park. Richard told me to walk through the castle, while my brother and his wife went walking down by the lake.
Once I was done we headed down to the lake and enjoyed the cooler tree covered pathways.
We walked back around towards the castle and up onto the lower level to take the short cut back to the main road. Apparently the short cut that I should have taken. I traveled the long road.
Richard went off to find the bathroom, and while I was waiting who should arrive but my brother and his wife. So we waited for Richard before heading off again. As you can see I quickly got behind. This set the tone for the rest of the stay. They walked ahead, I meandered, stopped, smiled and caught up. They rested while waiting for me, so the minute I caught up they moved on – no rest for the weary that was for sure.
We did head back to central park another day but the upper end of it. It wasn’t as interesting as the lower end to be honest, but there was one stop we made at a pretty lake.
So that was Central Park, done and dusted. Did I like it, yes although it was a little stressful and seriously hot. I think we were all overheated. Next stop was the Natural History Museum. Richard is not a big museum fan and after 60 minutes I got a call to say he was leaving. I kind of headed out as well. We stopped grabbed some lunch and shade, tried the WhatsApp again for the other two but no luck, so we headed down to Times Square and Grand Central Station.
Thank you for joining us for another month of 30 Minutes. Just a reminder that this is a circle blog. We have a number of new ladies join the 30 minutes group, making us now 11 active bloggers, and I would encourage you to take some time to visit my very talented friend Ceri Herd Photography and see what she has for you this month. I am pretty excited to learn more about these wonderful ladies from all over the world. I would certainly encourage you to visit their pages. If you have time I have a second blog going simultaneously of our trip to Staten Island.