New York City was a place Allen and I had already visited (and had no desire to return), but the kids really wanted to see. They mainly wanted to see sights they've seen in movies, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and Times Square. So we left Allen and Jack at the RV in the Secaucus NJ Walmart and took the bus into the city for the day. It was miserably hot, expensive to travel (kids ride the bus free on weekends, but only under 12), and we walked over 6 miles, but we still managed to have an exhaustingly wonderful day!
from Yellowstone, but he wasn't taping that day. :)
So we went to see the Statue of Liberty from afar. Just like when Allen and I went to see it years ago, the kids were like "huh" and were ready to move on.
World Trade Center Memorial, at our ticketed (but free) time, which was really neat. It's not finished, but we can tell it will be great. Right now the temporary visitor center is small, but it has some displays with touching stories. It also has a 9/11 tribute motorcycle that Josh excitedly recognized. As usual, he started rattling off facts and I asked where he learned all this. Apparently, he watched it being built on American Chopper and said "See mom? It's educational!"
It was a tiring, but successful day. The kids enjoyed the experience and saw famous places. Like us, they don't care to return though. At one point Matt said "Man, we need to get out of here and go hiking somewhere in the middle of nowhere." Yes, yes we do.