We decided to go to a nearby place called Bear Mountain
. The ride in the car there became increasingly loud from the troops regarding the seating arrangement. Bear Mountain is a nice park area where they have built a carousal and a skating rink and lots of picnic areas. The kids rode the carousal 5 times. The carousal was unique in that they weren't all horses. They had otters, dogs, cats, bunnys, turkeys, raccoons, of course bears and all animals you could find in the area. We then played a little tag and made our way back home. The chorus about the seats was as loud as possible. They knew we were all unable to strangle them because of our physical constraints so, they continued egging us on.
We were talking about how the gas in Jersey is cheaper than New York due to taxes and how it is a state law there that all stations are full service, so the attendant by law has to fill your tank. Not all that bad to have someone fill your tank in the freezing cold or the heat of the summer and for less money. Then we decided that New Jersey was a state full of laws. We were there for less than 24 hours and we encountered three enforceable laws. The pumping gas, the beach tags and lastly recycling. People including campers by law must separate their trash for recycling. We were given a fairly involved list of guidelines when we checked in to our campsite so we knew how to abide by the law. How many more laws would we know about if we had stayed for a week?
We attempted the pool again when we returned home but the weather didn't cooperate. Aargh! Regrettably, nothing a movie won't handle. We put in Scarface and they all grew silent.
Another great dinner from the Smithersteins and we were off to "The Neighbors" for our last night in New York.
It was time to squeeze all eight of us in the car again, but the children weren't as cooperative this time. Actually, ours weren't very cooperative the first time and this proved to be worse. We were off to have brunch at the Thayer Hotel at West Point. Yes, THE West Point. No, no one knows anyone there, it was just something to do and it was fabulous! The historic hotel was nicely appointed and situated right along the Hudson. How beautiful of an area was this? Woo! Then there was the brunch, out of this world delicious! The adults were enjoying everything about the day, especially the mimosas, but the kids weren't so sure that this was the best thing they could be spending their day doing. They kept asking when they were going to get to swim? Hum? Unfortunately, a tour of the grounds of this place would probably have put all four of them over the edge. But we did drive through a short ways and peaked at Shea stadium.