travel isn’t always easy, but it is worth it

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New York 2 036 traffic and rain, and we are only in Missouri??

My three day drive to New York from Oklahoma (and back home again) was laden with problem after problem, but at least we got to see a lot of the country! We stayed over 2 nights at hotels on the road. We got a VERY slow view of quite a bit of the country due to traffic, rain, construction and a lot of accidents (not ours thankfully, and I pray for those poor other people whose accidents we drove by, although everyone seemed OK , and emergency crews were already on the scene). I am thinking next time we will FLY! What was I thinking??

my son thought this would be an artistic pic?

New York trip pictures 2015 079 traffic leaving new york, ha ha…

New York 2 038 this cannot be a good sign…..

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#100HappyDays Post #13: Free Samples, Yum

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Kind of nasty tasting. It had a fruit paste with the gouda cheese.

This one was pretty tasty!

Don’t you just love free samples? Our local food store offers free samples of a huge variety of cheeses, especially on the weekend. It gives us a opportunity to try before we buy. We can also get a sample of lunch meat at the deli counter before we buy it, and they also offer the kids a free slice of cheese. Then on to the bakery for a free cookie! When my kids were little they always knew where the bakery was, and they got a cookie at the end of our trip. Nowadays, my youngest is 12, and no one offers her a cookie anymore, but she loves sampling the cheeses (although I am sure they would give her a cookie if she asked!).

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10 Strange, Interesting and Unique Things I Noticed while in New York City

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Near 7th Avenue

OK, so I love lists, and had to do this one. New York City is a vibrant, energizing place, but I have noticed some very interesting things that I haven’t seen anywhere else:

1) The don’t walk sign on the street corners in New York really means just run for it if there are no cars coming.

2) The very persistent hawkers in Times Square who get right up in your face, trying to sell tickets to a show. They say the most interesting things to get your attention. My favorite was, “I really won’t hurt anyone”. That is supposed to make me buy a ticket?

3) The people in costume in Times Square (Elmo, Cookie Monster, a Rocket dancer), who come right up to you, give you a hug, and attempt to take a picture with you, then attempt to charge you a huge price for the pic! (I…

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New York, New York!!

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New York, New York!  The Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps, whatever you call it, it never fails to impress. Last week, I took my son and daughter to New York to visit our family and do some sightseeing. We drove from our home in Oklahoma to New York, taking three days and enjoying the sights along the way. Once we arrived, we had several things we really wanted to do: see a lot of the beaches, take the train to Manhattan, do some souvenir shopping and of course visit family. We wound up visiting two beaches on the south shore of Long Island and one on the north shore. The south shore beaches are sandy, great for sea shell collecting, and we managed to get some beautiful clam shells which are now in our garden. On the north shore of Long Island, the beaches are rocky, and also…

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