I, like many others, heart New York.
Like a lot.
It is one of my favorite places, so I had been marking down the days on the calendar until we got to this stop. I will say it is a bit more stressful to bring the littles, but it was still worth going.
We were not crazy enough to take the fifth wheel into New York. From D.C. we drove the trailer to Pennsylvania and left it there. We also boarded Lucy (our dog) in White Haven. Once we had the fifth wheel and the dog taken care of, we drove to New Jersey, parked the truck, and took a ferry to New York.
Our oldest, Colton, turned twelve the day we got to New York, so we were set out to find celebratory cupcakes. Luckily, there was a Sprinkles across the street from our hotel. We also made a special stop to Grand Central Station (which was AWESOME and I totally recommend doing, but it's not the kind of trains you normal picture in your mind).
While we were in New York, I got to have lunch with both my agent and my editor. It is to my great sadness that I totally forgot to take a picture. I did snap a picture of the publisher, Simon & Schuster, on the walk from our hotel to Central Park. I also popped into Barnes and Noble on 5th Avenue to look for my book.
New York has so much to see. Unfortunately, the kids were still pretty exhausted from D.C. (where my watch said we walked ten miles!). There were definitely some sore legs before we even got to the trip.
Since my middle kid and I have celiac disease, we have to eat gluten free. Eating sans gluten isn't hard to do in NY, but it definitely does take some planning.
I was not ready to leave. There's just so much to see and absorb and do. Plus, I enjoyed my agent and editor so much.
I hope to come back to New York soon than later. (Though I think the next trip to New York will probably be when the kids are with their grandparents.) I'm already starting a list for what Zach and I will do and eat next time we're here.