This is Matt trying to look happy to disguise his frustration.
After having to take a different subway line into the WTC due to a murder being investigated and the E line being closed, we made it to the memorial site. Security was extremely tight and everyone is required to have a ticket. The tickets are free but as they weave you through, there are about 5 points where you are stopped while security checks your tickets.
The reflecting pools are amazing and the majestic towers stood tall blending in with the blue skies and puffy clouds. Engraved around the edges of both pools, are the names of the people that perished. It was hard to imagine there was once massive piles of rubble and destruction. Today, it's a beautiful park with trees, grass and benches.
From here, we walked down to the water and boarded the 3:30 Staten Island Ferry. The Ferry is free and takes you past the most iconic statue in NYC. This was a great time to snap away.
We past this tug boat hauling smashed up cars. I'm sure they were heading to the recycling plant to cash in on the scrap metal.
After our boat ride, we jumped on the subway one last time. Our GPS told us to exit at the 14th street location, which we did, and the last two hours of our trip was spent walking until we reached 51st. Wish I had a pedometer on me that day because it felt like 10 miles. Boy, it sure felt good to plop my butt down in the bus seat and eat my pizza.
We had a great trip. I can't wait to go next year!