Lisa made homemade crackers (who knew they were so easy and tasty?) and we snacked on them and cheese and blueberries while we talked and got caught up. Later we changed clothes and took the train back into Manhattan for dinner. We mutually decided on Mexican so Lisa took us to one of her favorites: Salsa y Salsa on 7th Ave at 22nd St in Chelsea. The food was DE-lish, and the cactus pear mojito was a-MAY-zing! After dinner it was misting a little, but we decided to go for a walk anyway. We walked down 7th Ave from 22nd St to Canal St, which was a long way! Then we hopped the train and headed back to Lisa's.
Fri morning we slept in a bit, showered, had a bite to eat at a coffee shop/diner at 40th St and Queens Blvd in Sunnyside, then took the train to Central Park. Believe it or not, I'd never been there. I had the misconception that it was more of a botanical garden, with lots of flowers and blooming trees and bushes. When I voiced this to Spouse he reminded me it was a park; not a garden. The sun was out and the temperature was perfect. We entered the park near the zoo at 60th St and 5th Ave and saw/heard these jazz musicians.
We went to The Lake and saw lots of wildlife.Me in front of a beautiful underpass.
We took the train back to Lisa's where Spouse took a late afternoon nap (his favorite luxury) and I read. It was a nice break after all that walking in the park. Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, we headed back into the city to meet some friends for dinner.
Before we arrived in NYC I had connected with Jesse and Daniel, two gay former Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) like me, via Facebook. They told me a small group of gay former JWs were meeting for dinner Fri night and invited us to join them, so we did. There we met Jesse, Bobby, Howard, Robert, and Will who all live in NYC, and Daniel who lives in Montreal but was in NYC for a conference. We had wonderful conversations and a very tasty meal at Uncle Nick's Greek Restaurant 9th Ave and 50th St. Such great guys! Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos of them.
Then we walked a few blocks to the hotel where several other bloggers were staying. David Dust had put out a call to his readers inviting everyone to join us in NYC for the weekend. Beth, Zombie Mom, and Kailyn were sharing a suite at the hotel and offered to host a little party, so we headed right over after dinner. Here's Julie, Jesse, and Zombie Mom.
Tune in tomorrow for photos and stories from Christopher St, the Hudson River Park, and the Drunken Dust Bunnies' West Village Gay Bar Tour!