|This is where bears live. -- Eddie|
|I near flipped out when I saw this bridge. Because it's pretty.|
|Plus a pretty lake thingie!|
|Okay, this might not be art. But that kinda makes it art, right?|
|I devoured the milkshake before I could take a picture of it. Because it was free AND delicious.|
The next day, we were ready to go to Pollepel Island to see Bannerman Castle! We woke up early, got ready early, lazed around for a while, and then headed to breakfast. We ate bagels as slowly as we could. We were still super early to the dock, so we took in the local park first.
|On the boat!|
However, the tour was still fantastic. I chose to go with the tour guide who was wearing a Yankee cap because I figured if Eddie was completely uninterested in what the guy was saying, he could talk sports. And what we learned was really interesting, and our tour guide presented everything to us in a gossipy kind of way as well as an informative one (he told us that Polly Pel wasn't much of a looker as he passed a picture of her around--he was really entertaining). There was a second guide with us who knew some other stuff, including why there was a flag emblem engraved into the stone of the house, which is a secondary structure aside from the castle. When asked what the square footage was of the house, the guide replied, It's a round house so there's no square footage. This was my kind of tour.
We saw the ruins of the castle. We saw the ruins of the house. We saw the gardens. We saw what used to be an outhouse. We saw the remnants of a well. We passed around newspaper clippings and posters about the island from the past. We stood in the shade as much as we could.
|Side of the castle|
|Around the other side|
|We have about 87 pictures of the same thing.|
|The house. We learned a lot about the stone and the flag but I don't remember any of it because I sweat it all out.|
|Pretty garden under the beating hot sun|
|This is what the living room looked like. Then there was an explosion. I'm missing some key elements of the story.|
|There are some places that look really iffy. Thankfully, they don't let you go near them.|
|Around the side of the house|
Once we got back to the mainland, it was time to head home. But first, we blasted the air conditioner in the car because we were gross. Oh! And before leaving, I saved this little squeezy chicken from certain death in the parking lot. I lodged him in the mirror of the minivan next to us, assuming that if you have a minivan, you have kids, and this probably belongs to them. Changing the world one kindness at a time.