Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Lady, the Cathedral, and the M & Ms...

Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral
Awe Inspiring whether from close-up or from afar. A great experience!

Hurry up and wait to get on the Ferry for Ellis and the Statue.

Inside Ellis Island looking out to the symbol of what brought so many to America.

Boarding one of three ferry rides. Ahhh, the cool breeze!

the Park City area Patrol.... with ASM Chris Robinson

On the ferry with the city skyline in the background...

Lunch on the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier

Rockefeller Center

Daaaaaaviiiiiiiid Leeeeeetttttttteeeeeeeeerman!

Coming out of Lego Land store... the big dawgs!

Musical Theater, really?

You would trust your kids with these guys? Yikes!

Yeah like we needed to add sugar to the diet of 36 Boy Scouts!

Dinner at the pier with some "tall ships" and the New York City Skyline.

Okay, so we didn't get much sleep last night... because we were up early to eat and pack up our stuff so we could be on the first ferry from the New Jersey side to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Ellis Island is such a fascinating place and one that has a lot of meaning for our country... A new exhibit this year is the Barbie Exhibit... I'm not sure what the boys learned about immigration from Barbie, but they all seemed eager to walk through the exhibit...

I was a great big arched roofed holding area for almost 5000 immigrants each day.

The Ferry ride was actually pretty nice, with the breeze cooling us off to a tolerable level. What I didn't know about the Statue of Liberty is that the concept for it was NOT the brain child of Frédéric Bartholdi, who was the artist and sculpter who created the Statue, but was that of Édouard René de Laboulaye who believed the statue should be a joint U.S. and French project with the U.S. creating the pedestal and the French the Statue. Joseph Pulitzer (yes, the namesake of the pulitzer prize for literature etc.) along with his newpaper, lead the charge for raising the money for the pedestal... All this was to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. declaring its Independence (the date on the tablet that the "lady" is holding). Oh yeah, and Eiffel, wss the structural engineer that created the infrastructure for the "sculpture" to which it is attached.

Just a bunch of randon pictures... I'm too tired to write pithy captions...


  1. Thanks for making the blog public! How long does it take to check out of a hotel with 36 boys?

    Was the Barbie exhibit like the Barbie museum in Rat Race?

    Glad to see the leaders are still smiling - have a good day today!

  2. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of Jamboree Scouts, and I will show you a Nation built upon sacrifice and courage, foresight and faith.

    Thanks for putting this blog together - we are enjoying the trip along with you.


  3. Thank you so much for creating the blog and keeping us involved. It is the highlight our our family's day. Looks like the trip of a lifetime with great leaders and fun times.

  4. Thanks for this great blog. We love MCKAY!!!