Three day weekends give me life, and last Monday was Columbus Day.
No work + beautiful weather + a visit from my favorite = one amazing day off.
Phil is one of my closest friends, and last weekend he was visiting the city before heading to Navy supply school in Rhode Island. We had a whole day together, and it started how any good day off should: brunch.
Later, as we walked by Central Park, Phil commented that he had never seen the iconic Bethesda Fountain, despite having lived in New York City his entire life. This sparked a spontaneous Central Park adventure.
Renting a row boat on the Central Park lake was never the plan (evidenced by our forced trip to a fancy upper east side bank -- #cashonly), but spontaneity is the spice of life. Plus, boating on the lake has always been a dream of mine and I live my life in pursuit of the insta, so it was really a win on both counts.
Also, look at those cute little turtles.
Real talk, rowing is not as easy as Noah Calhoun would have you believe. I made fun of Phil's skills for 10 minutes before taking the oars myself and becoming the most uncoordinated person alive. To be fair though, Noah didn't have to navigate around 100 other boats... just some ducks.
If you can't tell, we stopped for pics about as much as we rowed. I serendipitously dressed in nautical stripes, wearing one of my new favorite shirts from the Madewell x Sézane collection.
Side Note: That whole collab is so beautiful and french and I'm in love.
I honestly can't recommend this activity enough if you're in New York. It was super cheap ($15 for an hour) and such a cool experience. The views are incredible and I haven't laughed so hard in a while.
The rest of our day consisted of strolling through Central Park, checking out the Museum of Sex and having dinner at Penelope.
Total Side Note: The museum was the only part of our original plan (obviously I let Phil plan the day). He told me to blog about it, because in his words, "sex sells," but it let's be real, it's beyond questionable for the Whale & Wishbone brand.... more something Stephen would tell you about. Also the museum is as weird as you'd imagine.
Moral of the story: three day weekends are the best, and you should go boating on the Central Park lake.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, Phil finally saw the Bethesda Fountain.