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Bicycling in New York City #2. “The Little Red Light house and the Great Grey Bridge.”

In last weeks post I said that the 5 Borough Bike Club is one of the main reasons that I think that New York City is one of the world’s best bicycling destinations.

My Plan for this weeks post was to talk about the other things that I really enjoy about biking in New York, like the Hudson Greenway Bike Path and The 6 Mile Loop in Central Park and The Weekday Cyclists.

Then on Wednesday riding on the Hudson Greenway we decided to stop and read the plaque on the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge.

Here’s what we found.

Actually we did not take the photo above on this first visit, because we were more than 9 miles from our apartment and rushing home to beat the rain.

Intrigued by the idea of a children’s book so inspiring and influential that it helped save a landmark structure from destruction we returned for a closer look.

We found that on a nicer day we were not the only visitors and that the book helping save the lighthouse was only part of the story.

Park rangers had come to open up the lighthouse for a group of school children.

After the children left they took us up to the top and one of the rangers talked about the lighthouse and the visiting kids.

Then, just as we were about to leave, these folks showed up with the actual book.

So we came to understand that not only did the book help save the lighthouse, but the fact that the lighthouse was saved and able to be visited, also helped save the book.

And I can’t help but think that together the Little Red Light House and the little blue book will help pass on the lesson that many things that have no obvious utility are worth saving.

What is so nourishing about travel is not seeing sites.  It’s insights.

Speaking of insights this photo of Yolanda and me from last week’s post was taken in that famous New York Garden spot, the Bronx.  More specifically Wave Hill: New York Public Garden and Cultural Center.

That’s another thing about travel; it tends to disabuse you of preconceived ideas.

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  • At June 16, 2010
    6:17:57 am
    Shannon Borrego said:

    I just love your comment about insights being the most valuable aspect of travel, and the remark about travel disabusing one of preconceived ideas. I have found that in order to set the stage for those two things to occur while traveling, you have to be careful not to schedule every moment. It is so tempting to want to get the most bang for our buck that I have made the mistake of trying to cram too much into a trip. When I’ve done that I end up exhausted and overwhelmed. I now try to allow time for the unexpected; whether that means an afternoon sitting outside with a glass of wine, or an afternoon of wandering with no particular destination in mind. The main goal is to let the day unfold as it will, without a hard and fast itinerary.