What do you do on a cold, snowy day?
Why, you go for a walk in Central Park of course!
This was the second time we’d experienced snow, but the first time (which was back in Australia) hardly counted.
That time the snow on the ground, what little there was of it, was mostly artificial and the stuff falling was just sleet.
On our first day in New York, we experienced ‘real’ snow and we were thrilled, although somewhat cold.
I’m sure New Yorkers thought we were nuts
as the smallest things amused us.
Dustings of snow on bushes,
icicles on the park benches,
snow plows sprinkling salt on the roads,
and piles of snow on the ground.
Many a snowball was thrown as we walked through the park…and the streets
…until we learned about ‘yellow snow’ and how gross those old piles of snow are!
Do you realise how big Central Park is?
Check out this picture.
The really black part of this photo is Central park.
And it’s beautiful
…even in winter
when the trees are all bare.
I actually loved the naked tree look.
You can’t even begin to imagine how many photos I have of ‘naked trees’.
They are so pretty.
I also loved frozen bodies of water.
It’s something you just never ever see at home.
I looooved the squirrels.
Yes I understand that they are rodents.
But they are the cutest rodents ever.
Going to America, I had dearly hoped to see a squirrel in Central Park.
What I didn’t realise was that we would get to see lots and lots of squirrels
in every city we visited.
I was in squirrel heaven!!
Before we left for our trip, we’d read “Parks for People”,
a book about Central Park’s creator Frederick Law Olmsted
so we were very interested in the park.
It’s designed to be a natural oasis within the city
and I think it does a very good job of transporting you beyond the hustle and bustle of city life.
The park creator actually made of point of rarely using straight paths,
he wanted you to ‘get lost’ (well not literally) in the park.
The only intentionally straight path is ‘Literary Walk’
which must look even more beautiful in the summer
with the tree tips touching and providing a canopy over you.
We also never felt unsafe while we walked from one side of the park to the other.
That’s the impression you have of Central Park before you visit
– that you’ll get murdered if you stroll about –
But it was a quite friendly place to roam and explore
and oh so pretty.
Yes, we saw the horse and buggy rides in the park
but at $50US a ride,
we preferred to walk.
Gosh, I can’t even begin to imagine how beautiful this park would be in summer
…and how much more busy.