while my siblings were in town this past week, we went jet skiing on the hudson river all around the island. i couldn’t believe how close we were to the statue of liberty and going under the brooklyn bridge on a jet ski is something else. you guys, this was so much fun.
i think josh and i had about 4 or 5 couple friends do this at different points over the summer and every time we discussed it after, they told us we needed to go… that it was one of the best things they’d done in the city! however, josh WILL NOT be talked into doing this because he doesn’t want to risk touching the water in the hudson which he believes will basically kill you (somehow this argument doesn’t exist when he wants to go sailing though, because we’ve sailed on the hudson river together a few times now.) so it worked out perfectly as my siblings and i started brainstorming our plans for the week and were like, “what should we do with 80 degree weather in mid october?!”
but really… i’d never been on a jet ski before and i am SOLD. i’m sure it’s a good time anywhere but it’s such an experience to do this along side skyscrapers. jetting around with my family was so much fun and our tour guide was the nicest, which probably added to our experience. i am happy to report that i did not fall in! even when i drove full speed while also holding out my go pro! my brother isaac had his go pro out as well and was wearing it when his jet ski crashed into the water. the video is epic and we have laughed so hard watching it play back. so anyway, renting jet skis and jetting around the waters of manhattan? A MUST. even with that first splash of hudson water that totally went into my mouth, i don’t regret it.
kind of the best way to see lady liberty, i have to say.
i don’t know what it was about going under the brooklyn bridge and having that freedom to kind of zig zag and just play in the water below it, but i couldn’t stop smiling and screaming purely out of joy. i shared a jet ski with my sister rachel, who later told me i was reckless while driving near the bridge. lol. sorry rach, but seriously. so fun.
i regret that i wasn’t filming when they went down. ;) also, can you believe the water temperature was 77 degrees and then there’s that burst of fall foliage color popping out behind them on the trees?! october in new york has me all sorts of confused this year, but i’ll take it.
group photo before we started! all dry and happy!
i am so thankful for this bunch of sillies i get to call family. we cried hard and laughed even harder the past few days and all i know is i am so lucky to have them in my life. can’t wait to do this again with them all in 2 years once my brother is back from serving a mission for our church. mexico, take care of him for us. and make sure you let him play all the pianos in sight while he’s there.