If the female DG made it to the Park in time to see the off leash dogs romping, it’s an official Dawn Jogging morning. The plan had been for the DGs to take one more walk together before heading back home later today. But the day brought snow showers, and with temps in the high 20s, the paths iced up. Not good footing for the male DG. The female DG picked her way carefully up Cedar Hill before jogging a half circuit around the park – it’s endurance that’s more the issue than her repaired Achilles tendon. It’s been a trip of excellent food and great outdoor adventures in the Park – terrifically relaxing and perfect. Bummer that reality beckons.
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What a difference 24 hours make. Yesterday morning, it was snowing. This morning – thanks to “balmy” temperatures in the mid-40s – Cenral Park’s green lawns were already reappearing (with a snowman – foreground of photo – being the sole hold out in one corner of the park near Cedar Hill).
The notion of a new year’s day jog had been in the female DG’s mind for the past few weeks. She’s glad that the jog happened yesterday – and in snow flurries at that – because she was far from a Dawn Jogger this morning, arising mid-morning. So she set out after breakfast to accomplish another post Achilles tendon surgery milestone, walking the six mile loop around the park, complete with a couple of good ups, most notably Heartbreak Hill around 108th St. It was an excellent way to begin 2010.
While she walked, the male DG worked on a black and white New York portfolio.
The DGs feel blessed to have spent such a fabulous end to 2009 – whatever the travails the year held. A return to Balthazar (long a favorite) for lunch, a look at some of the downtown photo exhibits, a peace service at St. John the Divine – capped off by watching the fireworks over Central Park. Note: there are much better things to do in Manhattan on New Year’s Eve than Times Square!
The sun was shining this morning and it had warmed up to the low 30s (from 18 when they walked the two short blocks home from the restaurant last night). So the “no excuses” DGs walked together, this time using the Central Park paths toward downtown. The Park is magical whatever season – has the female DG, who got artsy with a moored canoe shot, said that enough times? She doesn’t mean to be a broken record but each of these walks really is special. The male DG – pictured with the Boathouse in the background – could hardly keep his camera in his pocket, the winter light was so perfect.
How chilly is it in New York? The doorman mentioned he almost always walks the less than a mile from where he lives to where he works – but not today! Indeed, there was silence from the park during the normally barky period of 8:00 to 9:00 am, and a look below revealed just a couple of hardy canines. It wasn’t the temps in the 20s that was the real issue – it was the very gusty winds, the kind that can almost blow you across a sidewalk and certainly across a broad avenue that’s been transformed into a wind tunnel. The DG’s bundled up nevertheless and did a mini UES foodie tour – some of the city’s best suppliers and purveyors are within a 10-square block radius. (The potatoes, captured by the male DG, were on display at Eli’s Manhattan on Third.) They brought provisions for their planned New Year’s Eve tasting supper, including a Burgundian cheese last tasted in Ameugny. The marveled at the decent prices for French wine (in comparison to the West Coast, not France) and snatched up a few bottles from the 2005 vintage. And looking forward to a special dinner tonight at Cafe Boulud, they had an excellent – and light – vegetarian lunch at Gobo; the female DG was introduced to seitan, which she liked a lot. All in all a very satisfying way to pass the day chilly day.
Because the DGs plan to walk later this afternoon from the apartment to Rockefeller Center (yes, they must see the tree) and then on to dinner and the theater – a good distance for the male DG – it was the female DG solo in Central Park this morning. She arrived just as the leashless dogs – herds of canines in all sizes – were getting rounded up from their early morning romp, always a fun sight. She made her way up to the reservoir and used the bridal path to circle the park, something she’s never done before. She diverged at the 59th St. end of the park for a look at Wollman Rink and came back by the zoo. Contentment in NYC is walking the park – and sitting in the apartment and watching the park as the light changes throughout the day.