We enjoyed our weekend at The Beach House with Cass and Howard.
|Southold Monday Morning|
Southold is beautiful and the view from the porch sublime.
And then Cass told us that in between Point A (Southold) and Point B (New Jersey) was a small 'burb called "New York"! Gulp!
But we were armed . . .
|Cass knew we needed detailed notes!|
With copious notes from Cass
|Very detailed notes!|
Two pages!!!! . . . and . . .
|We call our Garmin Miranda . . . (get it?)|
Miranda (the Garmin) who as Howard knew insisted that we go through the heart of Manhattan and "The" tunnel! . . . and . . .
|It was a small map in an Atlas but it had all the major roads -- and I CAN read a map!|
A map and a navigator (me!!!)
On the Long Island Expressway (495) heading toward "the city"!
|We were told not to go all the way on 495 -- it takes you through the heart of Manhattan -- NOT a good thing!|
And we did a fine job . . . until . . .we got a call from Cass who said that we needed to do a "Plan B" for the Cross Bronx Expressway had a bad wreck and traffic was tied up for miles. (on the prairie, we're never tied up for miles!) So we took the alternate route with verbal instructions from Cass and the trusty map and navigator. (All the while, Miranda is trying to take us through the heart of Manhattan -- we weren't listening to her!)
And all went well until . . .
|108th Street is forever etched in my memory! -- That's NOT a good thing either!|
this exit -- which we took but instead of right on the Grand Central Parkway I had Husband Jim go left onto 108th Street (I think it was the voice of Miranda saying "left", "left", "left" in my ear but Husband Jim thinks it is because I'm not the best navigator!)
And after several blocks on 108th street, we did get turned around and back to the point that we could take the Grand Central Parkway to the RFK Bridge (the old Triboro Bridge -- well, it's the same bridge -- RFK is the new NAME and Triboro is the OLD name)
I like to think that we got on track because of map and navigator -- it certainly wasn't because of Miranda! And like so many interstates that really go north and south but the signs say east and west, I, the navigator was able to figure out which one to take and so . . .
|In person and in real life!|
We got to see the first view of the Manhattan skyline!
|Probably the most photographed skyline!|
Breathtaking -- especially to the Rubes from Kansas!
|Our first New York City bridge|
The RFK Bridge -- on the way to the GW one. They charge you for crossing bridges in New York. On the prairie they're free!!!!
|Jim's a little more relaxed -- for we're almost done!|
More skyline as seen from the car . . . on Husband Jim's side and on the bridge -- still breathtaking for us prairie folk!
And we passed the iconic Yankee Stadium. A stadium of legends for I remember watching many a world series game played in this stadium when I was a child.
Our destination finally reached . . .
That Old House!!!!