Last Day on Tour! On our last day in New York we began the day by walking over to Rockefeller plaza and eating at Cucina & Co. After breakfast we saw that the Today show was filming outside so we hustled over to see what they were doing and tried to get on t.v. About half of the kids got through security in time and were able to get filmed behind Al Roker on the plaza! We then walked over to St. Patrick's Cathedral and took a quick walk through one of the largest Catholic cathedrals in the world. From there we let the kids explore the area for a bit allowing them to walk and shop down 5th Ave., to check out Rockefeller plaza where a lot of New York's biggest events take place in and to shop the many stores in the area. Then we walked back to the hotel to gather our belongings and load onto the bus. The bus took us down to the Harbor to board "The Beast" a huge open air speed boat that blasts loud music while speeding out to the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately it started to rain just as we pulled out from the dock. The rain felt like needles hitting our face as we streaked past New Jersey and Lower Manhattan. Even though we got soaked, it was a fun ride and everyone got a great view of Lady Liberty. Once done with our speed boat ride we headed over to Grand Central Station making our last stop in the city to eat lunch in the stations food court. As most of the kids noticed it is beautiful and famous NYC land mark, most remembering it from the movie "Madagascar".
After lunch it was time to head to the airport and get ready to head back to Sacramento. Since we were reunited with our suitcases most of the kids grabbed any dry clothes they could find and changed out of their soaking wet clothes before we went through security, then it was time to wait for our plane. Unfortunately due to poor weather we were delayed about an hour, but we finally got off and the kids were happy to get home and see their families waiting for them at the Sacramento Airport.
As with every year this was another great trip! This group was so much fun to travel with. Thank you to all you parents for allowing me the opportunity to take your children on this once in a lifetime adventure. I hope this sparks their interest to continue to explore and experience what this world has to offer. Many of the kids stepped out of their comfort zones on this trip and challenged themselves to work through and try new things, I am very proud of them. Thank you to Richard Klem our travel guide for most of the trip and Albert our temporary guide in NYC for helping everything run smoothly, their vast knowledge and giving our students & parents a memorable experience. Thank you to Hank our bus driver in DC and from DC to New York for getting us safely from here to there and his positive upbeat attitude throughout the trip. Thank you to Mr. Po***ck for helping chaperone and accompanying me on the trip. Lastly thanks to all the kids for being great travel companions, you will all be missed next year at Pasteur, good luck in high school!