We took a weekend trip to NYC and spent the 4th of July overlooking the Hudson River. Having seen it year in and year out on the tube, we've always wanted to take in the grand fireworks display in person. So thanks to my nephew's riverside condo, and the 400th anniversary celebration of Henry Hudson's exploration of the river, the time was perfect for our trip. Saturday's fireworks show was breathtaking at times and to be there with family made it all the more memorable. On Sunday afternoon, we were back on the Hudson for more. We took a two hour excursion aboard the schooner Adirondack, an 80 foot 1890-style pilot schooner. It was a sunny afternoon with the NYC skyline on full display, along with stunning views of the Staten Island Ferry, Ground Zero, Ellis Island, Lady Liberty, Lackawanna Station in Jersey City, and the magnificent Portuguese tallship NRP Sagres II cruising past us. We even got a glimpse of the cruise ship, Norwegian Dawn, heading off on a 7 night trip to Bermuda. All in all, it was a great weekend, packed with the holiday weekend sights and sounds of the city and time with our wonderful family. But alas, it was good to get back home, even to a day of thunderstorms.