The trip I’ve been dreading for two years of Covid delays finally arrived…
I know what late August on the east coast is like: heat, humidity and mosquitoes. We don’t have these problems in Seattle so I was not looking forward to them but I was wrong —the weather turned out to be comfortable and mosquitoes weren’t noticeable. Air-conditioning was still necessary for the end of the trip when we got to Manhattan.
We took a red-eye on jetBlue Mint, my favorite domestic way to fly, to JFK, landed after 4am east coast time (1am to us), picked up the rental car, a massive Ford Expedition, and drove 2+ hours to our Airbnb in Livingston Manor where we all took a 2-3 hour nap that gave us a reset to get us over jet lag.
Eric’s “bachelor party” was at The Arnold House just steps from our Airbnb. Our kids came with us and then Eric, Steve, Jimmy, Nikki, Jacques, Peter, Cindy and her boyfriend, Ben, arrived and we had cocktails and a nice dinner on the deck.
Friday morning, we took the kids to several stores in Liberty to buy some food for snacks, ice and all the beverages for the wedding. The kids helped us fill cart after cart with cases of water, sodas, mixers, etc. The back of the Expedition was full, it’s a good thing we rented such a big car. We dropped all of it at the wedding site, Timberlake West, took our Covid tests, checked into our cabin that we shared with our London friends, Mark and Lee and their kids, Henry and George. We went back to our Airbnb to change for the barbecue dinner that night.
Havana recognized Clementine, the daughter of friends of Gay’s from college who live in New York, who she first met 2 years ago at Camp Orkila. Small world! They spent the weekend hanging out together.
We spent the morning and afternoon at the camp where the kids raced Go Karts, went to the pool, canoed in the lake, etc.
After cocktail hour the ceremony started and Eric and Sandi were finally married. Dancing and dinner followed. And then more dancing.
Gay gave a fantastic toast to Eric & Sandi right after the mothers of the grooms.
It took over 4 hours, twice as long as to get there, to drive back to Manhattan due to traffic. Ugh! I can’t complain about Seattle traffic!
We dropped Hudson and our luggage at our apartment in Midtown and me and the girls dropped the car off at Avis and walked through Grand Central station and back to the apartment.
Another of Gay’s friends from college, Ned Baldwin, owns Houseman, a restaurant in SoHo. We had a great dinner there. Mike Florio, who I recognized from football TV. was there too and I saw him as he was walking out but I wasn’t quick enough to stop him to meet him. Too bad for him.
We would have liked to go to Barney Greengrass for bagels as we did on our 2019 trip to NYC but it wasn’t convenient so we went toEss-a-bagelinstead and it was great.
We spent a couple hours at Spyscape which was interesting and educational but the Batman/Gotham thing was weird and confusing.
We took the subway to Chelsea and walked around, stopped for a late lunch at Pastis. We ordered a feast of random things to introduce the kids to new foods. We ordered pate de campagne, steak tartare, salade niçoise, a croque madame sandwich, a cheese plate and a lobster salad. Eva had mac & cheese. 😏 The kids are getting much better at trying new things. I didn’t know about any of these things, much less eat any of them, until I was well into my 20s or 30s.
Little Island was just a few blocks away so we walked the trail to the top and down again. Then some window shopping on our way back to the apartment to get cleaned up for dinner. Manhattan is hot, muggy and dirty (and loud!).
We had dinner at Gramercy Tavern and the kids had their first tasting menu meal. Everything was perfect but I don’t think all the kids liked everything.
We all did 15,000 steps!
Time to go home, we packed up and took an Uber to Brooklyn to meet Eric, Eric’s mom, Sandi, Mark, Lee, Henry and George at Eric and Sandi’s house they are renovating to see the progress.
Then we all had brunch and then ice cream before we Uber’d to JFK. After a 2.5 hour delay, we arrived in Seattle after 9pm.