This past weekend was the tale of two extremes. One day was spent doing a lot of outdoor sight seeing in very peaceful areas, while the other was spent with friends and shows.
But I’ll start this blog off with the laid back part of my weekend. I went up east to check out Central Park and the 100’s of Manhattan. I was told by a friend from work that I have to take the train up there and walk all the way back down 5th Avenue. Because Friday night turned out to be a bit of a late night, I didn’t really have much planned for Saturday. The weather was good so I figured I would keep it cheap and do a solo walking tour of Central Park and 5th Ave.
I took the subway up to 110th and 8th and made the trek across Central Park to 5th. On the way I snapped a few pics of the sights.
Of course when I first got to the park, I was greeted by 10 flights of steps. It wouldn’t really have been a huge deal if the ice hadn’t been so bad. You can easily see it from this photo how bad that ice was. I guess they forgot to salt these respective steps because the rest of the park wasn’t too bad. I felt like Joe Pesci from “Home Alone” trying to climb up these steps, but I made it up eventually.
When I finally made it past the steps, this was one of the first views I had from the park. It’s amazing… all this green space is surrounded by the most intense city in the world. I felt a little bit like I was back in Ohio when I was here. So quiet and serene. Those two words could not describe any other part of the city.
When I first saw this little pond, I thought that this was the body of water everyone talks about when they told me to check out Central Park. I wasn’t too impressed, but then I learned that this wasn’t the pond to be looking for. I did shoot this pic, though, for the ducks that were in the water. I thought they deserved a little recognition for swimming in that water.
A little bit before I arrived at the BIG pond, I took this shot overlooking Central Park with the buildings of midtown looming beyond. Seriously, I forgot how nice it was to be somewhere quiet and laid back. That will always be something I will appreciate about where I’m from.
After this, I arrived to my favorite part of the entire park. The BIG pond! The next few photos are shots from there. If you haven’t spent a little time in this city than you might not be able to appreciate the few moments of serenity I got to experience. No one was around and the world was quiet for the first time in about two months for me.
Seriously, one of the best feelings of this weekend was the five minutes I spent checking out this spot.
My trip down Fifth Avenue is coming in my next post. Check back for it!