After a long road trip that involved driving for more than 1700 miles, it is wonderful to be home finally. We started at Raleigh and went all the way to the Niagara Falls before returning. There was a lot of driving in two cars which was tiring (our parents and the husband's brother were also with us) and the husband had to work from home during some of the days (boo!) but it was still a fun trip with no drama this time.
|View from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. We did go up to the|
102nd floor as well, but honestly, there wasn't much difference.
We headed first to Raleigh, where two of our buddies stay. We spent the wet weekend leisurely, playing bowling and mini golf and eating great food. On Monday was the husband's brother's convocation in Winston-Salem. We drove to New York next after spending the night at our home, to attend my brother's convocation. That evening, we hung around Times Square, visiting Madame Tussauds, the Empire State Building and the 911 memorial. Madame Tussauds was an anticlimax, mainly because I knew so much about the wax works that the artifacts didn't impress me too much when I finally saw them. The memorial, however, was simply breathtaking, with the two pools appropriately majestic and profound. The names of all who lost their lives that day were etched along the border of the pools. It was very moving being at the site of the attacks and I thought the memorial paid a proper tribute to those who died that day.
|The North and South pools at the 911 memorial site.|
We then spent the last leg of our vacation in Niagara Falls, which I was visiting for the first time and the husband for the second time. The Falls were also overwhelmingly beautiful and even that's an understatement. We took the boat ride to the center of the Falls and that was an amazing experience - to be so close to the Falls. I'm glad that I can cross that out of my bucket list.
The parents are leaving for India today, after a nice long stay with us. It's going to be really quiet around here now - our dog is definitely going to miss them. On the plus side, I will hopefully get more reading time.