Monday, April 5, 2010

Field Trip

This past weekend was a blast. It was gorgeous out and I really took advantage of that.

On Saturday I took my two cousins (twins) to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I have lived in NJ my whole life and I had NEVER been. I was so excited, especially since my grandparents on my mom’s side and great-great grandparents came through Ellis Island.

Even though we couldn’t have asked for better weather it was really cold by the water. Luckily we brought sweatshirts, otherwise we would have froze! Our first stop was Ellis Island. I couldn’t believe how big it is. It was great to see the museum, all the pictures, luggage, and even shoes from people who were there. I also was able to find my grandpa’s name on the wall in the back! I could not find my grandma’s name, but I was happy to have found at least one!

It was Scottish week there so all over the place there were men playing bag pipes. That really added to the day! There was a place inside that you could look up your family’s documents and any kind of paperwork that they might have from when your family came through. I really wanted to do this, but the line was really long and we still had yet to see the Statue of Liberty. I defiantly want to go back and do this though. I think it would be really cool to see them!

After a few hours there we headed over to the Statue of Liberty. By then my feet were starting to hurt, but I was determined to at least go to the top of the pedestal. There is a museum inside the statue that you can see up close just how big the feet of the statue and the face are. Then I took the elevator, my cousins walked, up to the top of the pedestal. It was really high up. I got a little anxious looking over the ledge! We didn’t go to the top of the crown, we were all way too tired to try and walk up all those steps! I was just happy to finally be able to see it up close and personal.

By the time we got back to my car, I thought my feet were going to fall off!! We were there for over 5 hours and I’m defiantly not used to standing for that long of a time. To give ourselves a break, we went to the movies after. We saw the Last Song, which is actually really cute. Typical Nicholas Sparks kinda story but really cute. The twins were adorable, and paid for my ticket since our field trip was my treat. Isn’t that sweet??

I did take tons of pictures but I haven’t had a chance to upload them onto my computer. I will try and put some up later this week!


Karen said...

That is awesome. I have been to Ellis Island a ton of times and it is cool.

Rachel said...

I've lived in NJ my whole life too and the only reason I've made it to Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty was because of a field trip. There are so many "touristy" things in this area that I've never done that people come to NYC for.