This week, I was able to do something for the first time. If you read along with my summer last year, you would have noticed that my goal for the summer time is to do one thing (new or just enjoyable) that makes my summer memorable.
A couple weeks ago, a co-worker of mine mentioned that last summer she took a boat ride around the city for just $15 and that on the opening week of this boat ride, the cost is $5. If anyone knows me, they know I take advantage of things like this. I nodded my head and said, “Perhaps I’ll check this out.”
I contacted my girlfriends in the city that I haven’t seen for a while now since I’ve been living back at Nyack, and we got a group together to go. The boat ride was said to begin at 8am and return at 11pm sharp. Two of us got there before 7:45pm… My other two friends (whom are actually sisters) arrived JUST in the nick of time, As a matter of fact, I did not expect them to make it, since I almost didn’t.
As I stood on line, waiting to get in and meet with my first friend that arrived, the security stopped at me and said no one else would be able to get on the boat. My eyes widened and I quickly grabbed my phone to call Jamila off the boat. As Jamila made her way off the boat, the bouncer quickly changed his mind and let some more of us get on. Not without first stopping me for ID. Since, apparently, I was the youngest looking person there. I suspected that since the line almost stopped at me, that the other girls wouldn’t be able to get on, but much to their fortune, they did.
The view was beautiful. I saw the statue of Liberty, the skyline of the Empire State Building and New York’s new Freedom Tower that stands where the Twin Towers used to stand. With that, I experienced the sunset and the bright city sky and the night reached its darkest hour for the boat ride. I must admit, the crowd and music was not entirely of my preference, but I am a strong believer of making the best out of your circumstances. I stood on a boat on the Hudson with the city at it’s most beautiful view. I couldn’t beat that.