NYC – Day 2

Agenda:
*Gray Line Downtown bus tour
*See hanging chickens in China Town (Carole request)
*Broadway show – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Since this was our first trip to NYC, K said the best way to see the whole city is on the bus tour. These guys were selling tickets right out our hotel door. One guy was willing to work with us and we scored the 2 day price for 5 days. This Downtown tour has 20+ stops on it! But before we got on we the bus, we had to check TKTS for a Broadway show. I love Willy Wonka, old or new version. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was playing next to the hotel. We were able to score tickets 50% off 10 rows back. I was giddy! More to come with that, on with the tour!

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The architecture in this city is amazing. Seeing from the roof top of the bus with a great tour guide adding his colorful stories about the history was absolutely the way to see this city.

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Flat Iron district!

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My motley crew!

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Best part about these tours is you can hop on and off as my times a day you want. So we hopped off in China Town. K wanted chicken on a stick. Carole wanted to see the chickens hanging in a store front. I wanted to get the hell out of there. It smelled terrible with the open baskets of seafood and meat. Barf.

After a few twists and turns, we found ourselves in the middle of the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. Yes, this food looks much better!!!

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Let’s eat lunch! Il Cortile provided a fabulous meal for our first outing.

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We hopped back on to finish the tour, but wait. We were rerouted because the President and the UN was in session. Streets were closed off. This fact would affect our route several times in the coming week.

We made it back, freshened up, and walked across the street to see Charlie @ the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre!

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Carole was a skeptic. How could they pull this off on a stage? But they did, it’s Broadway! They’ll figure it out! Everything from the Bucket bed, the Factory doors, and the magic inside with the glass elevator. Top 2 moments of the show was 1st, the Oompa-Loompas happened! The actors were on their knees using their hands as feet of the orange little bodies. It was fantastic!!! I can’t describe it,  you just have to see it! 2nd moment… a tiny squirrel came across the floor, then as they enter the shelling room, the actors were in full human size fluffy squirrel suits chasing Veruca Salt around! I was not expecting that and I was thrilled to see it! This show delivered and everyone in our party loved it!

Bucket List for Mama – NYC – Day 1

Mom started planting NYC-trip-seeds early this year. She slyly added the words “It’s a bucket list trip.” Who can say no to that even if she’s not at death’s door. As I started pondering how to make the trip happen, I knew my HLP had to come along. She’s well traveled to NYC and would be the perfect tour guide. When I approached her about the endeavor, she says “I can’t go without my Mom, she’ll kill me.” And, the Mother-Daughter trip was born. Off to NYC we go! Lots of emails and planning were exchanged. We were going to make this week count!

Agenda Day 1:
*Arrive safely to NYC
*Check in to the Marquis
*Experience Times Square

All the boys wanted to make sure we Midwest girls could handle the Big Apple. Lots of selfies allowed us to check in back at home. From JFK:

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Times Square is nuts! Oddly it was a smaller space than I expected. Camera angles make magic on TV. Yet it was busier than I could ever imagine!

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As we walked around, I noticed some plain dressed people with ear pieces like FBI. What’s up? Then I spied the movie trailer and didn’t recognize any stars, but we watched anyway. Who knows what this is/will be?

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We made our way over to Rockefeller Tower and Plaza. I still fail at the country flag game. Fun to see a daily TV space for real.

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Like a tourist, I was constantly checking the map to see what was around us. #1 spot I wanted to take Mom to was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Just around the corner? Let’s go! We weren’t sure if they would even be open on a Sunday night. Unbeknownst to us, they were!!! They had an exhibit showcasing the Relics Of St. Padre Pio on display. It was quite an impressive turn out. We said a prayer for our family back at home.

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And I asked Mom to take a pic of me praying at the altar. She says quite frankly, “If this is a joke, I’m not taking a picture. I’m not going to hell for that.” I assured her that I was serious and was going to be thankful for lots of wonderful things I have in my life, including her. Now, TAKE MY PICTURE!

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After attending the Catholic Church, which should we attend this week? This was literally right outside our hotel door.

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Good night TS. I’ll see you tomorrow.

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But before our night ended, this perfectly describes this one…

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You Too? @ U2

I was hanging out after #Corporate Challenge volleyball to cheer on the cornhole team. Amazingly, free U2 tickets were being passed out. WTF?! I’m not a huge fan, but not a hater so yes I’ll take free tickets! Lucas Oil Stadium transformed for some music.

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Once I started saying to peeps we are going to the show, everyone else was too! Let’s see it! They opened the Joshua Tree tour with power on the walk-about stage.

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I was impressed with the lights. Sometimes, I’m just a little kid loving sparkles.

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Bring me my sparkles!

Lake Freeman

Captain Jack & his first mate have invited us to their lake house every year. This year, we finally made arrangements to spend some time on Lake Freeman. I was super excited until I got there to find this….

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WTF. Not again. Is this really why you invited me there?! Of course I had to dig in when my puzzle gene took over. We didn’t get it finished, but I did get it to a place where the Labor Day crew would get it done. Hell, L started this in January! After they would drag me away from it, we got some Rummikub in! Had to teach the college kid this old school game.

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We woke up to a beautiful blue sky and ready to take a boat ride! But not until my parents arrived! Always a blessing when they can join our festivities!

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Great low and high bridge architecture to check out!

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We had to make the tourist stop at the sand bar. Little different than I’m used to. People literally run their boats up into the sand bar. Anchors aren’t needed here!

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But is a grill needed? Yes please! I don’t even like hot dogs, but the thought of a grilled dog from the boat? Count me in.

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Come dinner time, we were ready for a hearty steak!

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Great friends, great memories. And I’ll have this memory to laugh at forever!

Riverside Ride

Thanks to a Indy e-newsletter, I learned about a new obstacle course sponsored by the Colts and @Play60. And we can get there via the Monon and Canal Tow Path? Sign us up for a date day ride!

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I had no idea how cool this would be (for an adult)! First we were greeted with a 40 yd dash.

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You stand on the Colts Horseshoe and a timer starts. Sprint to the end to see how fast you are. There was 1 other family there with us, and they kept racing. So fun! Next was the obstacle course. You hit a start button and ready, set, go! Here’s me off in the distance.

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CS brought out his inner Ninja Warrior on the floating plates and rope web.

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We ran the course a few times. The GPS map I made wouldn’t let me zoom in like I wanted, so oh well. This installation also has a simple work out area to use.

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Very very clever park. Please visit! Until next time, thanks @IndyParks!

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100 Acre Ride

With CS’s new love of biking, I figured we have lots of spots to visit on 2 wheels. I bought a granny basket so we can travel in style! Packed snacks and bevs, let’s go!

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First trip… 100 Acres Park for a picnic!

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We grabbed a bench at the lake to take in the fresh air. So peaceful.

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We made our own art project!

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I just love this park. So much to see, do, explore. Go visit! It was a great 20 mile ride for us!

This Might Be A Bad Idea

46 miles across Indianapolis looks like this.

2017 Urban

With a new team this year (Previously), we needed a new name and new shirts to race the 2017 IndyQuest Adventure Race. Since CS has heard about the race every year, he said he was interested in racing. Hmmm. I thought… That might be a bad idea. So our team name was born, This Might Be A Bad Idea. My super gym-mate MH was on board. Alright we are doing this! Here is the selection I sent my team.

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Of course, the $4.97 Snaccident shirt won. I even had to admit that it is pretty funny. After a long day of racing, we were pooped.

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We were able to catch up with other racers sharing our experiences of the day.

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Did you get that checkpoint?
How long did it take you to do the puzzle?
Are your clothes dry yet??

After food and bevs, we were a much happier team!

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And even scored 2nd place in our division! Not too shabby for this group!

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Happy to report the poison ivy was very contained this year. Phew. We’ll be back.