Blue Skies & The Wind in Your Hair

In all my years of living in New York, I have never stepped foot in Staten Island.

Queens? I know it like the back of my hand.

Manhattan? Love.

Brooklyn? Bronx? Sure.

But Staten Island? That place across the water where no subway lines connect to? Uh…brain does not compute.

Cue the Staten Island Ferry!


Me: So how much is the ferry ticket? Like $10?

Best Friend: Pfft, Jade, please. Like I would take the ferry if I had to pay for it.

Me: Wait, it’s free?

Best Friend: *imitates mind exploding* You check the ferry’s website for the departure times and you just wait in the terminal for it to come.


We chose to stand on the back deck of the ferry since it was a gorgeous day, and were soon joined by a little furry friend.


All the other seagulls were flying above us, as seagulls do, but this particular fellow inherited the laziness gene and chose to ride the ferry with us, which of course, makes him my favorite. Us lazy beings have to stick together!


My feet are officially touching Staten Island concrete, guys!

Giant Archway on the Staten Island Dock


And now, my favorite photo I took this day: the featured image, taken from the back of the Staten Island Ferry as we leave Manhattan.


Sometimes, you need a new perspective to remind you of what’s important.

As Samwise the Brave said,

“Folks in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding onto something—That there’s some good in this world…and it’s worth fighting for.”

~Lord of The Rings, The Two Towers.

Hanging Out With Life is a little something new to my blog.

Because every fangirl needs to step away from the computer and into the sun – AHH IT BLINDS US! – or so they say.

24 thoughts on “Blue Skies & The Wind in Your Hair

    1. Thanks PJ! The day was absolutely gorgeous and provided lovely natural lighting for all the photos ^_^ One day, if you ever decide to visit, please know you’ve got a friend here!


  1. Oh to live where there is so much public transportation and one can see so much! As a non-driving person in a suburb with limited bus service, New York City sounds like heaven. Thank you for taking us on a bit of an adventure in the city ❤

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  2. i like this! a view into a place i would love to visit one day and i like it more because you include how you feel about the place, not the details, i hate details but i love how it makes you feel being there and experiencing it – you always share from the heart and its a lovely view from here

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  3. Ahh, amazing coincidence; gulls are the subject of my next Birds’-eye View… and there’s even a ship involved! 😀 Surely this means our brains are merging into one!

    That’s an amazing picture of Manhattan; I’d be proud of it, too!

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