So very sorry to be so LATE today.
im having a doozy of a day and from the look of what’s remaining on my schedule, I won’t be getting home until 4a at the earliest!!!!!!!
When I last left off with you, we were on our way to a very HOT Phoenix. The temps were hitting 111F when I took a peek and I wouldn’t be surprised if they got even higher.
To me there is no better thirst quencher in that type of heat than a lemonade and so we made a beeline to Wow Wow, a handcrafted lemonade shop with one he had of an amazing menu!
Cosette and I found this gem back in May when we were in AZ for our Mommy and Daughter trip to Sedona. One sip and we knew that we had to come back!!
While in Phoenix, I had a couple of business stops but our fun stops took priority and made the trip a success.
Cosette shared in the driving and is becoming quite the little road warrior.
We ate, we drank, we shopped and then we sang our way all the way back to SoCal.
This has been such a fun week! Starting with Kelsey's 14th Birthday (on the 14th!) and then a wonderful visit to Staten Island on Wednesday!
I was lucky that the weather was so gorgeous on Wednesday, which allowed me to take some super photos of the water front area of St. George, Staten Island as well as a few short videos, which you can find on our Instagram page.
At Empire Outlets in Staten Island this week.
At The National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island this week.
My visit to Staten Island was for an appointment I had with the director of The National Lighthouse Museum. I will be working closely with them to develop their website's blog and digital content creation. Can I tell you just how excited I am to be a part of this amazing Museum's growth and expansion!!
I had a great time walking around the waterfront area, which took me past the Staten Island Ferry terminal, Borough Hall, Empire Outlets and Postcards - The Staten Island September 11th Memorial. I just filmed and snapped away!!
Staten Island Borough Hall
Time did not allow for me to visit the interior of this very grand and stately building during this week's visit. In fact, I'm not even sure if I would have been allowed to enter.
In any case, I will attempt a visit next time I'm in the borough, which I'm assuming will be next month. Borough Hall is a designated New York City Landmark. Completed in 1906, this French Renaissance style brick building is three stories high with a massive two-story mansard roof. The edifice features lavish limestone trim, including a stone base, a stone center entrance, window enframements, and Doric columns separating the windows. The high clock tower in the center can be seen from the harbor and throughout St. George.
According to Borough Hall website, the inside features a grand marble lobby which contains a series of significant WPA reliefs and murals painted in 1940 by Frederick Charles Stahr, illustrating events in Staten Island history. Sounds like I could spend a good amount of time admiring the lobby and taking pictures!!
Back in August we featured an article about Empire Outlets:4 Health Conscious Ways to Enjoy The Staten Island Waterfront at Empire OutletsThis nearly four acres and 350,000+ square-feet of open-air, outdoor space located along the North Shore waterfront is so much lovelier in person than in photos. Behind the large structures that face the street is a whole world of walking spaces, promenades, and seating areas surrounded by water features and colorful plantings.
It was a bit quiet with what I can only assume are shorter hours to the retail stores and dining establishments. The exciting news is that there are many new eateries that will be opening up here, making it a wonderful way to spend a few hours, all while taking the lovely views of lower Manhattan!
As I walked past Empire Outlets, I approached Richmond County Bank Ball Field - home to the The Staten Island Yankees, the minor league baseball team.
The Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Did you know that this ball team is nicknamed the "Baby Bombers"?
The Richmond County Bank Ballpark is located along the waterfront in St. George and has some pretty amazing views of the lower Manhattan skyline, as you can see from the pictures below!!
Moving right along the street, I approached the Staten Island September 11th Memorial. Unfortunately, I was alone and it was a bit deserted and I saw a few unsavory looking fellows on the walk down to the Memorial. I played it safe and took a few photos from a distant - I'll have to go there again next trip!
(aka Staten Island September 11th Memorial)
Postcards is an outdoor sculpture right on the waterfront in St. George, Staten Island. It was built in 2004, as a permanent memorial honoring the 274 Staten Island residents killed in the September 11 attacks of 2001 and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The centerline between the two walls (postcards) points directly at Ground Zero, thereby referencing the twin towers of the World Trade Center destroyed on 9/11. The individual silhouettes all look in the same direction, toward Ground Zero.
I headed back to The National Lighthouse Museum for my meeting, where I snapped a few more photos!
Now, onto this week's Friday feature - Local Mini Road Trips!
And today, we are headed to the Pacific Northwest to the great state of Oregon!
See you then!!
-Elisa & Tanya