October 29, 2012

Murtis New England Vacation 2012

So ... I am a terrible photographer. I tried to be better about taking photos during this vacation, but for the most part, I forgot to take and/or use my point and shoot. Most of the following photos were taken with my phone, so I apologize for any poor quality. I tried!

Part one of our recent vacation found us in New York City, attending NYCC and seeing the sights.

We stayed in an apartment in Brooklyn, super close to the Q train. It was empty—literally, we slept on a futon mattress on the floor and had to buy our own shower curtain—but it was clean, had power and water, and was inexpensive. (I definitely recommend looking for vacation rentals through Airbnb.) The main road the apartment was nearest had a bunch of cute shops and restaurants. (And some neat graffiti.)

NYCC was different than SDCC, in that there are way fewer "entertainment" panels  (i.e., movie and TV shows) and more actual comic stuff, so we spent quite a lot of time on the show floor.

We got books signed by two of our favorite comic artists, Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible).

We also got to see panels for a couple of shows:

Haven—a few of the show's writers, the showrunners and Adam Copeland/The Edge (Dwight), Eric Balfour (Duke), Lucas Bryant (Nathan) and Emily Rose (Audrey) were there.

Firefly's 10th Anniversary Special (airing on the Science channel in next month)—Jewel Staite (Kaylee), Sean Maher (Simon) and Nathan Fillion (Mal) were there!

In our off time from the con (and the two days post-con before we left for CT) we saw a bunch of NYC sites.

Colt made a goal of trying to eat pizza for at least one meal every day while we were in NY ... we made it six out of seven days. We also got dessert one night at Big Gay Ice Cream. So good!

I got to meet the adorable Beth at that diner—it's always so cool to get to meet awesome Internet friends in real life!

We even fit in trips to the Central Park Zoo ...

And the American Museum of Natural History—one of my most favorite of all museums.

During the second leg of the trip, we traveled to CT to visit my family. The scenery was amazing—I have really missed New England in the fall. (Texas has very little in the way of actual season changes.) We got to rent a Fiat, too; I temporarily named her Annabeth. I'm now sorely tempted to check into these cars when it comes to us getting a new one.

And in part three, we attended my cousin's wedding. It was held at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove, PA. Both the locale and the wedding itself were super lovely.

All in all, one of the best vacations ever.


  1. I think you could legitimately call that a 'New York' vacation. CT doesn't REALLY count as New England ;-)

  2. Oh, you guys had so much fun! I am particularly jealous that you got to go to Big Gay Ice Cream!

    1. It's so good. If you're ever in the NYC area, definitely make it a must-stop. :)