What an Awesome trip we had. Liz and I had a great retreat for just the two of us. We flew into JFK and rented a car, which we drove to Maryland. We stayed the first and second in Newark DE just across the border. On our drive into Maryland, for the wedding the next morning, we got pulled over in a very predictable spot (same place Liz got a ticket when we lived there). The officer was very nice, and once he saw my Arizona license he told us he wouldn't give us a ticket. He did run it just as a precaution because apparently Arizona is the most commonly faked ID. Ironically we saw one the night before when a college girl, trying to get into the same Pub we were eating at, got busted with a fake Arizona ID.
The wedding for Kayla was very nice. Kayla is a young lady that I home taught and saw baptized as part of a part member family. I ordained her younger brother to the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods in the time we lived there. We have stayed in touch with this great family and we are hopeful they will all return to full activity in church and for Kayla to make it to the temple to be sealed to Will and her boys.
We got to visit Kilby Cream for some delicious ice cream that we loved while we lived there.
We got some delicious crab cakes and salmon at the hotel restaurant after that. Desert first became a theme on the trip.
Sunday morning we went to church and got to reconnect with a lot of members that were part of our lives for the 8 years we lived in Maryland.
The drive back to JFK, to return the car, took us twice as long as the drive to Maryland (about 5 hours) because of the traffic in the city and accidents didn't help.
We got the car returned and caught the metro into the city for our first show. Beautiful was very good even though we were late getting there because I had the time wrong by an hour. We missed the first 40 minutes but we made the most of it. For dinner we at at the Bar & Grill in Bryant Park, not far from our Hotel.
On the morning of the 18th we got an early start and went to China Town, Little Italy, and SoHo where we got a Chinese reflexology on our feet and a short shoulder and back rub. We had a delectable lunch in Little Italy which was very romantic (I had gellato before we had lunch, theme)
After the Fashion District in SoHo we made our way to Chelsea's Market to check it out. It was cool but not spectacular.