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Published: November 10th 2017
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We got up Thursday morning, grabbed a bus and headed toward the Hudson River. We went to the USS Intrepid, a retired aircraft carrier. We took a nice tour of the ship. It has a lot of planes on display on its deck. It also has the space shuttle Enterprise on its deck in a special tent. That thing is huge! It made all of the other planes look like toys.
After the tour we grabbed a bus and headed to the Frick museum. The museum is actually the house that the Frick family lived in until they donated it to the city. It is a beautiful house built in the 19th century. The family collected a lot of art, especially small bronze statues. It was very impressive. After that we headed home for a nap and then out to dinner.
Friday morning we took the subway out to the Cloisters, which is a museum built to look like an old monastery. It is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. It has a lot of sculptures and artwork, including many doors and entryways from the 1100's. Most of the art was from France and old French
churches. After that we took the subway and then the bus over to what is called the Hi Line. It is on the west side of Manhattan between 12th St. and 30th St. It is an old raised railroad line that delivered freight to the meatpacking district. It was abandoned and was scheduled for demolition before it was saved. It is now a park with trees and plants and a path for people to walk on. It gets so dense in some areas that you can hardly tell that you are in Manhattan. After this we headed back to our hotel to do some laundry and pack for our trip to Philadelphia.
We got up Saturday morning and walked over to the car rental to get our car. It took a long time for them to get it. After we got inside I noticed that it had no gas in it. The gauge was on empty and the fuel light was on. I told the guy about this and he said we should get some fuel before we left Manhattan. Very helpful! We headed to the hotel and picked up our luggage. We programmed Tom to get us to
a gas station. We kept hitting construction and detours and I was sure we would run out before we got to the station. Luckily we made it to the station.
We made it out of Manhattan without much difficulty and headed to where George Washington was supposed to have crossed the Delaware River. We finally got there only to find out that there really wasn't anything to see. So we headed to our hotel in Philadelphia. We drove to the hotel, dropped off our luggage and went to the Amtrak Station to drop off the car.
Here is a little story about dropping off cars. We picked up the first car in Bangor, Maine. We dropped it off at the Boston Airport. We picked up the second car at the Boston Airport and dropped it off in New York City. That morning we realized that we forgot to leave the second set of keys to the first car in Boston. So we gave them to the attendant in New York City. She looked up the car and found that it was in North Carolina. She took the keys and told us she would give them to her manager and he
would take care of it. We asked if she would write down something and sign it, but she refused. Hopefully the keys will meet up with the car someday. Today, we dropped the car off at the Amtrak Terminal. There was no one outside, just a sign saying to leave the car in a parking spot, write down the spot, the mileage and the fuel reading and head inside to the rental offices. We complied with that, found the offices and completed the paperwork. We decided to walk back to our hotel, since it was only a mile or so. After we got back to our room I emptied my pockets and lo and behold what was in my pocket, but the car keys. They were closed by the time we got back, so tomorrow we will be visiting the Amtrak Terminal again!
Tomorrow we start visiting Philadelphia.
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