oh, the places i’ve been.

“You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.”

I’m a bit late reflecting on yet another trip – NYC earlier this month was exactly what I needed. A solo, delayed flight to test my patience and provide way too much people-watching for anyone’s good. A visit with 2 close college friends. Sight-seeing and excessive picture taking, including the purchase of an extremely overpriced selfie stick. Good food, new scenery, beautiful fall weather.

Walking 16 miles in ONE DAY being an obvious tourist – taking the train along the Hudson River from Croton-on-Hudson to Union Station, winding throughout the city to check out Times Square, Bryant Park, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, and eventually Central Park. Heading through Chelsea to walk the High Line and stop at Chelsea Market. Passing through Greenwich Village and Tribeca, eventually making our way to the World Trade Center Memorial and 9/11 Tribute Center. Walking along the Hudson River down to Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty, making our way to Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, and the Charging Bull, then crossing half of the Brooklyn Bridge. Taking the Subway back into the city, eating sushi, and almost falling asleep on the train back to Croton-on-Hudson. Spent my last full day in the city again – cheering on the New York Marathon runners, Bloody Mary’s and pizza, McGees Pub (yes, from How I Met Your Mother!), Times Square at night – definitely a more relaxing, let’s-not-walk-anymore kind of day 🙂

All of that leads me to thinking about all the travel I’ve done in 2016 – whether for work or personal – being a first-timer at all of them. Las Vegas in January. Austin in March. South Carolina in April. Lake Tahoe in September. New York in November. What a year!

New York City, 2016

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