In the Denver Post, he had read about these new hills, built on the island, opening up a whole new area to explore. The island is quite small, but relative to it's size, it was a large space. The hills were lovely- you could clamber up some granite slabs or opt for the longer, easier route, paved switchbacks. One hill, the tallest offered lovely views of the surroundings- like Liberty Island and the statue that sits atop it.
Another smaller hill had a wood chip trail, if you're feeling rugged (I use that term very lightly) and the third hill had slides! My husband demo'd the largest of the slides in the rain, which resulted in a wet and wood-chipped back and bum. Way to take one for the team!
Despite the rain that came after we got to the top of the tallest hill, we had a really great time and I'm glad our uncle got to check that off his "to-do" list.
Enjoy the rest of the sights:
|Ferries before a certain time are free, we got on the first at 10am, from the ferry terminal in Manhattan.|
|The house sparrows are foraging on the sea lettuce covered rocks that surround the island.|
|...Just another testament to being a successful invasive, the ability to adapt to new sources of food and secure that nutrition.|
|An immature herring gull out for a stroll.|
|A wet herring gull, looking like he is having the best day ever! Or he is making the "ugh, tourists!" face.|
|This herring gull was not so shy and seemed to "talk" to us. Making funny little sounds, most possibly just simply concerned with the mammalian bipeds who were staring him down.|
|Making on of his odd sounds, if a gull could mumble, that's how I would compare this call to their regular gull calls.|
|I still think he's pretty adorable.|
|A little vocalizing after feeding has occurred. The other chick clearly does not belong to this adult, or it is the less dominant chick if it does belong to this adult.|
|And off to find more food, and off are we to get back to Brooklyn!|