Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hovering over Central Park

In celebration of 150 year since Olmstead designed Central Park, they have had a hot air balloon ride in Central Park.  You pay $25 for a 10 minute ride up to see the city from the middle of one of the world's greatest parks; a unique vantage point.  Well...I've been putting this off for a month now; "Oh, I'll go when it's cooler", "Oh, I'll go when it's not so close to the weekend", etc.  So, I decided today was the day (and because it ends tomorrow).  I got up early, ran a couple of early morning errands & made my way to Central Park to take a ride before work; a great way to start an ordinary day, right?! 
I got there at 9am & found that it was already a 5-hour wait.  I spoke with a woman who was just leaving the ride with her son & she was telling me how great it was.  I asked her when she got there & she said 6am! , even arriving at 6am, it took her 3 hours.  Because tomorrow is the last day, the operators were saying that we should arrive no later than 5am & even then we'd have a wait (the first ride isn't until 7am).  So, I think I missed my chance of seeing the city from a hot air balloon in the middle of Central Park.  So, since I saved $25 by not going up...I treated myself to a LARGE, skim-milk, iced, decaf, sugar-free-vanilla cappuccino - with extra foam (yes, I know...it's the only part of my life in which I'm really high-maintenance).  :)

2 comments:

melodie said...

sad news that you missed it- but oh well. Great Photos. I can't tell you how much more I enjoy seeing New York and especially Central Park now that I have ben there. We re-watched Enchanted and I could remember seeing all those sights. Or some of them, at least. Geography makes a little more sense to me know. Have a fantastic trip.. Send us a postcard...

sara said...

Maybe next year? It does look like a great opportunity :(

We will be seeing our hot air balloons this year from the ground at the 32nd annual balloon classic in Colorado Springs. woo-Hoo!

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