I spent my Fourth of July by having my picture taken with all 42 Statues on Parade today. It wound up being a full-fledged marathon, as I began my day at 8 a.m. with a wrong train up to Yankee Stadium and adding four miles…and more in other places. So I am renaming this blog the Statues on Parade Marathon. Guys, I have a billion pics to upload and a whole mini-notepad to go through as I took notes at each stop and made friends along the way. It was so good to see other people doing the same thing — well, by car and stuff. There are a lot of people out there chasing the statues in New York City for the All-Star Game. It was a blast. But I am really sore and tired from pounding pavement — I ran from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with some stop-start in there. I will blog about it soon, but not tonight, as I just took an icebath and right now I am hurting.
I want to give a BIG thank you to Peg and the kind folks at the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation for making my day a little easier. I was able to just walk right up to the ticket door and ring the doorbell and was escorted to security to get right on a boat to the two islands to see those 8 1/2-foot All-Star statues. That saved a lot of time. I am amazed at how long it really does take just to do all the zigzagging, but a lot of people are out there doing it.
Thank you for all your support. It was as hard as I expected, harder in some ways, and I have a new appreciation for my city and know a lot more about it now. I also am blown away by seeing the Cubs statue right next to the entrance of the New York Stock Exchange. I am not sure what this means for our economy, but that was really a sight to see.
Happy Fourth, and blog to follow soon.