A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
How fun was THIS??!? I've always wanted to go see the Statue of Liberty--and we finally did it! It was amazing! Even cooler than I had imagined! I loved that we got to ride in the ferry to Ellis Island and then to the Statue. Ellis Island was incredible, too! How cool, too, that the kids got to get Jr Ranger badges at BOTH places??!? It was incredibly amazing and fulfilling to see--in person--this icon of America! The Symbol of Freedom! It lifted my heart and gave me hope; it made me proud to be an American! :)
I have to add an after story, too, though. As AWESOME as it was to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty--and even the New York skyline (from a distance)-- Driving through New York in a motorhome is HORRIFYING!!!!!!!!! Our next stop after the Statue of Liberty was Connecticut, and we had to drive through NYC to get there. Well, we were on a 'no tolls' kick, so I punched in our destination into the GPS to get us there with no tolls...and it came up with a TWELVE HOUR route!!!! What?!? I switched it over to include tolls, and it came to 3 hours. Huh. So, we decided that maybe it was worth it. Well, our first toll came: the George Washington Bridge. Those of you who have been to NYC know what I'm talking about and are probably cringing and nodding right now. Apparently this is the ONLY way through the city. Well, we got up to the toll booth, and it said, "Cars $15, Trucks $15 and up". I thought, "Ouch! It might be as high as $20!!" We got up to the window, and the lady said, "That'll be $42 please." WHAT???!?!?!?!?? &%%$#$%^&#$@@^@%#*@^ (Those are all the words that I had to censor that we were thinking.) Devin couldn't speak for a minute. Then he asked if he could back up! (ha ha) The lady didn't even miss a beat, "No sir. If you want to turn around, you have to go across then come back through." I think she's probably had this happen before. Well, after some ranting and raving, he finally gave in and we drove through. The bridge was pretty spectacular, honestly, but I really wonder how people can afford to live there if they have to cross that bridge on a regular basis! I kept looking at ALL of those cars and trucks driving across and wondering if they had to go without dinner that night because of the toll! Wow. Well, I switched the GPS back to "no tolls", and the time to CT was still the same, so it appeared we were 'safe'--but I can say I don't think either of us breathed again for the next 2 hours while we drove through New York!!! It was so scary! Most of the continuing freeways were for 'passenger cars only'--so we kept wondering: Are we a passenger car? Our vehicle was just for passengers, after all! But then we wondered if that was because there were low bridges? Well, eventually, we just had to jump on one of those 'passenger cars only' freeways, and we made it out mostly unscathed. We REALLY like Connecticut--probably because going through NYC was so jarring. I will never ever forget the $42 toll bridge. Ever. Next time, I'm walking through the Lincoln Tunnel like Buddy the Elf.
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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