Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy

My wife and I were in the Connecticut, Rhode Island and Cape Cod area last week. Weather was nearly perfect for vacationing. Waters were calm and beaches beautiful.

With Hurricane Sandy having already wrecked havoc in the Caribbean and threatening to impact severely on the lives of the citizens on the East Coast of North America, we were certainly happy that we were already scheduled to be leaving ahead of the storm. Some people we met on that trip were heading south to their homes directly in the path of the storm.  We could do nothing to help them except to wish them well and hope that the storm would not be as severe as forecast. Continue reading

I’m back!!

 

Back from a quick trip to Gananoque where we saw a musical, before heading off to Poughkeepsie, NY where we parked the car and got on a train to New York City where we toured the United Nations facility and saw and photographed more of New York, and then, on the way home, stopped to take a photo or two along the way. As usual I photographed some more interesting fire hydrants :-).

Only one day to process and upload photos from that trip before heading off to Timmins and Wawa area of Ontario for our annual Breeding Bird Survey.

Stay tuned. Hopefully, I’ll be able to upload a few photos in the next 36 hours and get some sleep too.

Update June 9th – Managed to add the photos to the Gananoque entry before heading North into mosquito country.  Will work on the New York trip entries when I return, assuming that the mosquitoes don’t keep me!

Update June 15th – Back from participating in another Breeding Bird Survey in the Wawa/White River area of Ontario. The bugs weren’t too bad this year and the mosquitoes were tolerable. Took lots of pictures. Will get back to working on the retroactive New York blog entries from early June and then will work on the BBS images.

Update June 24th – All entries have now been added relating to the New York trip:
Rain, Rain, Rain – Heading South to New York City
New Paltz, NY
The Huguenots – New Paltz, NY
Poughkeepsie, NY to New York City by train
Grand Central Station, New York City, NY
A Times Square Walkabout
A Visit to the United Nations
Heading over to Staten Island
The Morning Commute – Staten Island to Manhattan
Central Park, New York City
Staten Island Ferry – Afternoon commute
Heading Home – Initial Stage – Staten Island to Poughkeepsie
Visiting the CIA
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Camping in the Catskill Mountains
Catskills to home – the last leg of our New York trip

That’s all folks. End of the New York trip uploads and blog entries. Next task, images and entries wrt the Breeding Bird Survey trip.

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Heading home – First leg – Staten Island to Poughkeepsie, NY

Heading home – First leg – Staten Island to Poughkeepsie, NY

When we first woke and looked across the bay, there was a low fog obscuring the New York City skyline but it didn’t last long.
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Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

After our walk through New York’s Central Park, we once again took the red subway line from Times Square and then the Staten Island Ferry back to our accommodation on Staten Island. The Statue of Liberty hadn’t moved since we passed it on the morning ride into Manhattan. :-). Continue reading

Central Park, New York City, NY

Central Park, New York City, NY

After attending a morning AGM business meeting, Adell and I were free to do some more exploring. Central Park was nearby so, although we were now dressed more in business attire than in vacationing attire, we visited many of the walkways in the southern section of Central Park. Business footwear is not as kind to my feet anymore :-). Continue reading

The Morning Commute – Staten Island to Manhattan

The Morning Commute – Staten Island to Manhattan

My wife and I were on vacation but I did have one business meeting that I wanted to attend while in New York City so this was the morning that I put on my business suit and joined the many other Staten Island residents for the morning commute to Manhattan. Continue reading

Heading over to Staten Island

Heading over to Staten Island

After visiting the United Nations, we picked up our luggage at the storage area and then headed over to Times Square to catch a ride on the red line subway to the Staten Island ferry terminal. The subway fare includes the ride on the ferry so, once on the subway, there is no extra cost to ride the ferry. Continue reading

A visit to the United Nations

A visit to the United Nations

After a walkabout in the area of Times Square, we walked over to the location of the United Nations complex in time to take one of their guided tours. Continue reading

A Times Square Walkabout – New York, NY

A Times Square Walkabout – New York, NY

June 4, 2012 – I find the sheer size of the Times Square billboards to be rather overwhelming but it is fun to see what has changed and what has stayed the same.  After we left the Grand Central Station and walked outside, we found the weather to be much like it had been the day before. Continue reading