We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A gorgeous couple of days in New York City give me the opportunity to wander around and see how people are enjoying themselves. Central Park is a great place to take it all in. I started on the southwestern portion of the park, at its Columbus Circle entrance. Plenty of people just resting, looking at the flowers blooming in the Circle, or eating lunch.
Central Park is 843 acres. More below the fold -
I entered the park, and saw people laying out on the open spaces, particularly over where the rocks (schist, a formation of mica, feldspar and quartz) jut out.
I turned north and up toward The Lake. There is a small peninsula of land jutting into The Lake called Hernshead, so named because it resembles the head of a Heron.
Crossing over, a view back toward the city from Hernshead over the southern portion of The Lake...
I wish I had that option. This winter was actually very nice, though. I got out for a walk at least once a week. During the summer, even when it's too hot, I'll get out two or three times.
Sadly, you're correct that high summer is awful. It's fairly common to feel like I need to take a shower when I arrive at work around 8am. And the winter, when it hits the very cold portions, like we had in 2011 and 2010, see bitter winds whipping down the canyon of buildings.