It was a perfectly lovely weekend, so Steve and I went in different directions.
I met my friends in the city with no plans other than roaming about. We managed to eat a terrible meal at the Heartland Brewery on 34th Street. There are so many fantastic pubs and restaurants in the city that it takes real skill to have a bad meal, but we were starving and we ran into the first place we came across.
We bopped into the stores on 34th Street, which are basically suburban mall stores. The one standout is Zara, which is Madrid's equivalent of the Gap. When I would visit my sister in Spain, I would come back with shopping bags of sundresses and little sweaters.
Once we broke free of the mall strip, we walked through a street fair on 6th Avenue. The street fair was all about the great smells. Grilled corn, sausage and onions, unnamed meat on the stick. Should have had street food rather than the nasty, salty mac n' cheese at the Heartland.
The other stand out on the trip was an antique shop on 24th Street. Check out the framed, tin ceiling tiles.
While I was roaming through the streets of Manhattan, Steve was roaming through Harriman State Park with the boys. His destination was the remains of a mansion that had belonged to a man who made his fortune from KARO Syrup.
On Sunday morning, I wrestled with our complicated summer calendar. We have to balance our explorations with work and camp, so the calendar needed to be anal-ized. It looks like we'll have several day trips in July and, in August, we'll be going to Lake George, Portsmouth, NH, and Toronto. I mapped out our restless ways for the summer on iCal.
Jonah's camp bus should be here any minute. He is so excited about the first day of camp that he woke up three hours early.