SHIP SHAPE: Our first stop on Monday morning was Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, on the NYC waterfront.
The first thing we did at Intrepid was tour the submarine, which featured a Regulus missile, circa late 1950s. The tour guide said it would have taken out all of NYC and its boroughs. CJ, of course, asked if the missile featured a fission or hydrogen warhead. That's my boy. :)
Into the belly of the Growler (the name of the sub we were on).
Below is where a couple more Regulus missiles were stored back in the day.
It was interesting seeing sleeping quarters on the sub. Zero privacy.
These bunks were a little more spacious, plus these guys got to sleep next to torpedoes!
There were So. Many. Dials. all over the sub.
These were the drivers' seats.
And here was an also coveted seat on the sub.
Next up, we headed to the (temporary) pavilion where space shuttle prototype Enterprise is housed.
Last time we saw her, we were all at Kennedy Space Center, in Florida.
For the most part, she looked lovely.
But we couldn't help but notice her paint job, in places, looked like cheap paint done by a day laborer in a hurry.
We also took exception to some random punctuation on display signs.
Those things aside, of course it was wonderful to see her.
Up on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid, we checked out some planes and helicopters.
CJ and Annabelle also found some big guns to do some pretend target practice with. CJ had his sights set on Weehawken ...
Inside Intrepid there was lots to see. I loved the retro-riffic look of the mess hall and game room.
Look at the mixer I spotted in the ship's galley. It was about three feet high. I think I need it to make my cookies, cakes and cupcakes!
And here are the kids on the bridge.
Inside, there were more models and machines of interest, including this cute lil helicopter.
QUITE A COLLECTION: After Intrepid, it was on to the amazing American Museum of Natural History.
and probed a real dinosaur egg!
a mummified duck billed dinosaur that he says is the best specimen in the world.
Hall of Advanced Mammals, I thought this Gomphotherium, an early relative of elephants who lived in Texas about 10 million years ago, looked downright friendly.
And we all enjoyed the mastadon with pretzel-like tusks.
We also spent a fair amount of time checking out the North American animals display. I loved the bison diorama. It looked very realistic.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE: As if we hadn't had a full enough day already, after the museums, we decided to check out Times Square.
We saw the fabled ball they drop on New Year's Eve (I'm not gonna lie, it was a bit of a disappointment).
We also saw lots of people in costumes - Cookie Monster, Elmo, Minnie Mouse, you name it, hoping to have the kids pose with them - for a price. I'd show you photos, but I know better ...
We had a very early dinner/late lunch at The Heartland. Here's Annabelle enjoying a very fancy grilled cheese sandwich. We enjoyed a couple of their namesake brews.
After eating, we wanted to kill time to let rush hour back to NJ die down, so we headed to a Toys R Us I happened to notice. Oh. My GOD. What a good stop that was! Imagine our surprise walking in to find a three story Ferris wheel inside!!!
We did, however, find a nice big selection of MLP toys. We scored a great Rainbow Dash shopping bag.
The store had a Candyland - a buffet of every kind of sugary treat you can imagine. The kids each filled a little bag, much to their delight.
BEAUTY SHOTS: A few miscellaneous photos from our second full day. First, while we were at Intrepid, I looked across and figured we should be able to see the house where we are staying. Sure 'nuff, I spied it. It's the white place at the base of the left tower in this shot.
And evening was gorgeous, too.