October 2nd – Our New York City adventure begins
Cruising the sky at 30,000 feet, we are on a red-eye special on our way to New York City! Plenty of time to tilt the seat back, close my eyes and get a few hours of deep, refreshing sleep so I can hit the ground running.
HaHaHaHa my mind laughs at my already over-stimulated self. Sleep, good luck with that one…
For the first time in like forever, I was all packed 24 hours before departure. I should be calm and relaxed. I should be dreaming about the things we plan on seeing and experiencing in the Big Apple like gawking at Time Square, watching a Broadway play, taking a stroll through Central Park, paying our respects at the 9/11 Memorial, visiting a world-class museum – the Metropolitan Museum of Art, peaking in the doors at the ever-so-impressive St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and enjoying the views from high above the city at the Empire State Building.
I have made an effort to keep this blog upbeat, neutral politically and simply share bits and pieces of our travel adventures. I wanted our stories and photos to be a place our friends could come to travel vicariously with us or to escape from some of the everyday craziness.
Instead, tonight, I’m caught up in a deep sadness about the tremendous loss of life and carnage that just happened in Las Vegas. The sounds of those rapid fire shots played and replayed on the news and Internet will haunt me for a long time. Tonight, I choose to quietly mourn for the victims, their friends and families.
I pray tomorrow brings peace and comfort and a start toward healing for those who are suffering.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for all of the heroes who rushed in to help, for the multitudes who waited in long, long lines to donate blood, and for the outpouring of love and condolences posted from around the world. I still believe that in the end, goodness will overcome evil.
COMING NEXT: New York, New York! And a return to my customary posts with too many pictures and an equal dose of optimism.
P.S. Top header photo of Manhattan skyline is one I found on the Internet, License free to use on Pexels.