Sunday, October 14, 2012

Ship Ahoy! in NYC

We recently had the great opportunity to spend a weekend in New York City for the commissioning of the U.S.S. Michael Murphy, a brand new Navy destroyer.  Kim's brother-in-law Tom is the commanding officer of the ship, so we got a great up close experience of the ceremony and the ship itself.

But first, some sight seeing!  We enjoyed the enormous museum of natural history on the upper west side.  Here Grandma tells Sam what a good boy he is.

RAWR! Says T-Rex.  Or did Mommy say that?

Bill found his way to Carnegie Hall ("practice, practice, practice!") to get a good look at the brand-new Breguet clock in the lobby.  Mesmerizing!

Maggie, inexplicably to her dad, absolutely loved Times Square.

She and her dad visited Greenwich Village- the Strand bookshop and a campus tour of New York University.

Washington Square park on a sunny Friday afternoon.

We found a playground near the hotel for Sam and cousin Gabi to enjoy.

The main event was the commissioning ceremony.  We sat so close to the ship, it was hard to get a picture of the whole thing!

Tom gave us the official CO's tour, a fascinating look at the Navy's newest ship.

The ship's first commanding officer!