Monthly Archives: October 2021

What’s it?

New York City Aug 28-30, 2021 Photographs by Christopher OKeefe

On the tour of the abandoned hospital on Ellis Island, they bring you into a room and ask you what you think this rather large contraption iin the wall is for. Many people think it is for cremating bodies. Not quite. It is to sterilize mattresses. Put a mattress in, turn up the heat, and no more bedbugs.

The Registry Room at Ellis Island

New York City Aug 28-30, 2021 Photographs by Christopher OKeefe

The picture above shows the registry room at Ellis Island where up to 5,000 people per day were processed as they arrived as immigrants to the United States. Millions of immigrants including my great grandfather passed through these halls being examined for diseases and answering questions to determine whether or not they were fit to enter the United States. Wheat a bewildering experience it must have been. The image below was made between 1902 and 1913.

Los Tacos No. 1

New York City Aug 28-30, 2021 Photographs by Christopher OKeefe

Before going to NYC for a weekend, I watched a lot of travel videos on YouTube. Most people mentioned this small chain of restaurants in one of their videos and gave it an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

Fortunately, there is a Los Tacos No. 1 in Lower Manhattan. They specialize in tacos (of course) but have a few other items. Tacos are usually small, so I wasn’t sure how many to get. I asked a woman who was eating their and she said she always get three. I got one each with beef, chicken and pork. They were amazing and this restaurant gives you a ton of meat in your taco. If you’re in NYC, give them a try.

The Burlinton Bike Trail

The Burlington Bike Trail in Burlington Vermont is a unique and fun ride. We started in downtown Burlington and rode north. The former railbed was built on a causeway in Lake Champlain that stretches to the Champlain Islands. There is a gap in the causeway to allow for boats to pass through it. While I assume there was once a drawbridge here; it is long gone. During the summer, a local nonprofit cycling group operates a ferry to bring you across the gap. Once you reach the islands there are some options for places to visit including restaurants, orchards, and a wintery. We filled up on fresh apple cider donuts.

The ride was long, I think 27 miles, with some wind. We rented e-bikes from the same nonprofit that operated the ferry. These were pedal assist bikes, which meant we had to pedal and they would help us. It was our first time trying them and we really enjoyed the experience.