I printed out walking directions to each place, included menus for those where they were available, and put all of these in a travel folder that Bridget had in her carry-on. The folder also included directions to St. Malachy's since my husband wanted to go to Mass, and directions to attractions like Rockefeller Center, the Hershey store, and any place they could go nearby on a limited budget and limited time (Bridget's schedule for the Draft events was very heavy and they were not sure how much time they would have).
Let me back up and tell you how Bridget came to win this trip . Verizon sponsored the Dream Draft Sweepstakes and Bridget was determined to win, texting in her entry faithfully everyday for the chance to attend the 2012 draft and announce a draft pick. She joked that she was going to win and of course we all laughed. The day that the winner was to be called, she was going to go target shooting with her dad, but her dad was concerned that she might miss the call from the Sweepstakes (ha ha, right?), but her light response was "No problem, I have Verizon" and off they went. Sure enough, they were on their way to the range when Bridget got the call notifying her that she had been selected.
|A room with a view- Times Square!!|
What can I tell you about a trip that I didn't go on? Well thanks to texting, constant pictures and phone calls, actually quite a lot. After a somewhat tense flight (Bridget's first time flying!), they arrived in New York to an official NFL limo driver waiting for them to take them to the Marriott Marquis in the center of Times Square where they checked into their room and checked in with the NFL office in the hotel and thus the star treatment began.
|Patzeria Perfect Pizza hit the spot!!|
And then the main event- As a diehard Redskins fan, Bridget was most excited to see the Skins pick RGIII and she really got caught up in the excitement that is the NFL. She used her new camera to snap pictures like a paparazzi and thoroughly enjoyed the experience despite leaving Newport News with a bad cold and sore throat. Back at the hotel at about 11:30, the travelers got some rest in the City that Never Sleeps!!