New York City, Liberty Island

As we were planning our trip to NYC, all four members of the Ryan family agreed that a trip to see the Statue of Liberty was high among our “must see” list. So, we scheduled it as the first activity of our trip after settling into our hotel the previous evening.

We queued to leave the Battery Park pier aboard the 9am ferry. The wind down near the river was heavy, crisp and cold. Enough to drive most people without a dire need to snap photos into the safety of the middle deck and enclosed windows.

I stuck it out with the diehards, snapping the first of a few hundred photos of the NYC skyline as we looked backwards toward the shore.

As we came around and approached the Liberty Island dock, you got the first glance at the Lady herself.

Visitors were allowed into the pedestal area, but no higher. Tabi and I got the full experience and took the 215 step journey to the observation deck. (That’s 10 flights of stairs, most of which Tabi was skipping up or running with excitement. Girl’s got some cardio for sure!)

I really wish we could have climbed up the amazing looking spiral staircase to the crown level. But… post-pandemic, it’s a reason to continue to head back and explore further.