We did it, my friends. We went to New York City and returned from New York City without accidentally losing anyone in its depths. Victory. We also managed to eat good food, see grand things and not succumb to the temptation of staying cooped up forever inside the air conditioned hotel despite rather uncomfortable weather on days one and two. Victory again.
This was the first trip to dear New York for my mother and the recent graduate, Elise. I had my suspicions of how each would find the place (a map) (joking), and was delighted that each walked away not forever traumatized. New York can be an enchanting and an intimidating place. But it offers itself up each time I visit with gusto and no hesitation. And that, for no other reason, makes each trip worthwhile.