NYC Day 5: The post about SQUIRRELS. Central Park

Today we slept in, and eventually dressed, and went to Central Park.  Via a hipster coffee shop, where we ate bagels.  Then via Grand Central Station again, as I wanted another look.  It was still huge.

 

So many layers of subway
So many layers of subway
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Fancy wee drinking fountain. Grand Central Station
Fancy wee drinking fountain.
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station

We walked around all of Central Park.  I’m not kidding, we walked from one end to the other, with various trails and meanderings in between.  We popped out at about 86th ave at about 3pm where we grabbed a bagel for lunch from another good bagel shop, then we were right back into it.    That was all we did all day.  Dale mapped it,  About 12kms.  Unfortunately most of this post is pictures.  Or fortunately, if you like looking at pictures.

Church
Church
The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel
I think, a statue of  General William Tecumseh Sherman
I think, a statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman
Horse drawn carriages all ready to go
Horse drawn carriages all ready to go
Omnonom
Our first squirrel of the day.  Omnonom
Hai thar!!!
Hai thar!!!
Crazy Dale
Crazy Goat

We chased squirrels, climbed over rocks, followed pretty trails, and towards the end of the day we came across a whole bunch of people marching and chanting.  In Spanish, I think, and I believe it was some kind of church group.

Some of the statues and stuff we had to wait a while to get a clear picture – at the Alice in Wonderland statue, we had to wait for a couple of kids to get off the statue, just for a moment, so we could get a picture.  They seemed to think everyone wanted some random kids in their pictures.  I appreciate they’re kids, and want to play, but just because I’m an adult now, doesn’t mean I don’t like playing too, doesn’t mean I don’t want to climb on the statue and get a picture.  I’ve felt this in a few places, that the adults have to stand back, while the kids run around and play on stuff and have fun.. why aren’t the adults allowed to do that too?  Just because we’ve grown up, that doesn’t mean we have to sit back and be boring and bored and not climb and explore and blow bubbles and have fun.  I still like tree climbing and flying foxes and dancing around, why shouldn’t I be allowed to do that?

My favourite part was when we were walking down a random trail, and something fell out of the tree beside us.  My first thought was, omg, why is a bird falling out of a tree?!, but it turns out it was two squirrels fighting, who fell maybe 6m, landed on the ground with an audible thump, and then they both jumped up and ran off.  They looked a little stunned.  Silly squirrels!

We rode the carousel – there has been a carousel in the park since 1871, I think the current one is the 4th one in the park, and the longest lasting.  The first was powered by a horse and a mule, walking around under the carousel, out of sight.  The next two were powered by steam, and the current one has been around since 1908.  All the bits are hand carvved.

 

I'm not sure of the context...
I’m not sure of the context…
A clock
A clock
Central Park
Central Park
Riding Balto
Riding Balto

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First crocuses
First crocuses
Don't do it
Don’t do it
Mother Goose Statue
Mother Goose Statue
Sneaky
Sneaky
Ride the carousel!
Ride the carousel!
Crazy horse
Crazy horse

 

Imagine
Imagine
Everyone likes it
Everyone likes it
(Other) People chasing squirrels
(Other) People chasing squirrels
Don't fall in
Don’t fall in
So many fountains
So many fountains
Pretty bridge
Pretty bridge
Pretending to feed the squirrel
Pretending to feed the squirrel
Short tail
Short tail
Ahhh
Ahhh
Bushy tail
Bushy tail
Please sir, could you spare a nut?
Please sir, could you spare a nut?
omnomnom
omnomnom
Alice in Wonderland Statue
Alice in Wonderland Statue
Must contain the leaves
Must contain the leaves
Hai!
Hai!
Arthas (Actually Polish King Jagiello )
Arthas
(Actually Polish King Jagiello )
Obelisk
Obelisk
Central Park
Central Park
Selfie
Selfie
Obelisk, with little crabs holding it up
Obelisk, with little crabs holding it up
A pretty bridge
A pretty bridge
Waterfall
Waterfall
Ice skating
Ice skating
Very thin
Very thin
North end of Central Park
North end of Central Park

 

 

Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Squirrul
Squirrul
Ducklings around the base of the goat.  Maybe the goat was crazy coz he didn't like ducklings
Ducklings around the base of the goat. Maybe the goat was crazy coz he didn’t like ducklings
Googly eyed frog
Googly eyed frog

 

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