My friend Candice of Mom Most Traveled happened to be in New York for the Travel Bloggers Exchange, and since I'm a 2 1/2 hour bus ride to Manhattan, we decided to meet up. I hadn't seen her since last summer at BlogHer, and yeah, she like, lives in Laos. Across the world. You get my point, this was a rare opportunity to hang out with Candice before she jets off somewhere else. Hopefully her ears are up to it.
After initially thinking we'd head to the Museum of Modern Art, one of the few museums opened on Mondays in NY, we decided instead to visit the American Museum of Natural History. I hadn't been there since I was a kid when my dad dragged my mom, my 4 brothers and I up Central Park West to see the dinosaur bones. That man was on a mission.
I didn't feel like lugging my SLR camera around Manhattan, so I'm totally stealing Candice's photos from her blog post. This one was taken in the Hall of the Universe, with a big meteor or something behind us. I guess we were too busy talking to take notes on what we were standing in front of.
It was a hot, humid day in New York, so I was not looking so coiffed (swimming around in my head all day were the lyrics hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck gettin' dirty and gritty). Thankfully, we were underground or inside most of the day. I love that the 81st Street subway stop has an entrance directly into the lower level of the museum, so we didn't even need to go to the street level.
We saw Tyrannasaurus Rex, among lots of other things (again, I'm stealing her photo).
It was nice just to stroll the museum, without an agenda and without having to wrangle kids. We ate a quick lunch in the museum food court, surrounded by other people's kids, then hopped the subway back downtown to catch our bus and train. It was a brief visit, but quite enjoyable. I love how something like a blog can bring people together. Miss you Candice!
I'll be in New York again in August for BlogHer. I'm looking forward to meeting up with some of you all too!