On Thursday, November 10, my daughter Jen, her son Aaron, and I departed Maryland. We hopped aboard Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train and set our sights for The Big Apple. My youngest grandchild, Aaron, soon to be 14, had never been there or even traveled on a train. It’s Fall, the trees were in their full Fall array of colors, and temperatures mild. It was also Veteran’s Day Weekend, the 15th Anniversary Year of the horrific 9/11 terrorists attacks on America, and just a day or so after the close of possibly the most controversial presidential campaigns that we’ve ever experienced. And, to boot, we had just learned the results of what strategists are now calling the greatest presidential upset in U.S. History–native New Yorker, and wealthy real estate mogul, Donald Trump, wins the race! Young people in NYC and across the country are peacefully protesting. All in all, we’re thinking our choice for this extended weekend trip is perfectly timed.
Thanks to Aaron, “Buggy,” we also captured pictures of many of the sites we took in. Overall it was a fantastic weekend. My desire, beyond adding this post to our family’s history, is that you will be encouraged, if you already haven’t been, to go visit NYC. You know, besides these sites, New York has an energy like no other city–one that you must visit and experience for yourself!