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.
Completed successfully. Group of about 18, from as far away as Maine and Illinois. We made it from the Dunkin Donuts on Delancey St. by the Williamsburg Bridge up to Riverside Church and Grant's Tomb (with many scenic detours) but still not quite sure who is buried there.
Tired, covered about 11.7 miles. More later from others who took pictures. I need to rest the barking dogs.
Mrs. Bulldog says I, as tour guide, started strong, had a weak middle, but we finished strong.
Pic is our sign at our meet spot in the Dunkin on Delancey St.
Such a congenial, fun, intelligent, curious, and entertaining bunch. The Maggie's crew rarely disappoints.
11.5 miles might not seem like all that much, but on hard pavement, and with all of the urban overstimulation it is a pretty big deal. 7 hours of walking, minus 1/2 hr break for the great food trucks at Grand Army Plaza. Street lights and crowded sidewalks at times slow you down - plus pit stops.
So much more fun than a rural hike, to me. Been there, done that a lot. Far more to look at.
Thanks Bulldog for your serene and orderly leadership.
As any good leader should say - just here to serve. Took my 'lead' (such as it was) from everyone else. Tried to provide some color or background where I could, but enjoy the sights, as well as the company, as much as I was able.
Thanks to all for the hike. I greatly enjoyed meeting you all.
I thought you might enjoy a link to a post I wrote two-and-a-half years ago about the location where the hike began on Delancey Street. http://manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2013/9/28/nomination-for-the-worst-possible-public-policy-affordable-housing-in-manhattan
At the time, the huge SPURA urban renewal site on the South side of Delancey was still parking lots, as it had been for about 50 years. Today, as many undoubtedly noticed, the first of the new construction has just emerged from the ground. The area North of Delancey has only become more expensive in the past couple of years. Listings at the "Blue" condo that we all saw are now well in excess of $1500 psf. http://streeteasy.com/building/blue-condominium