As a kid, I grew up watching hockey games at the University of North Dakota. One of my favorite memories was riding the zamboni during period breaks on the opening night of the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Although it would take a lot to top that experience, a weekend trip to New York City to cheer on our home team came awfully close!
I woke up and realized that we overslept. We hurried out of the house and we were on the road by 4:00 AM. We arrived to Fargo at 5:10 and squeezed through security with one minute to spare. You may think I am just being dramatic but we literally had ONE MINUTE before they were shutting the door. When we got to our seats, I turned around to see my shoeless mom walking down the isle. We were off to a wild start!
(Watching 13 Hours– I highly recommend it!)
After our layover in Chicago, we arrived in New York City. In looking for a taxi, Andres, a random man I met on the sidewalk, lined us up with a car service and to our hotel we went.
Tip: If you have a party larger than four, instead of getting two taxis, look into getting a private car service. It can be cheaper to have a car service provide you with a suburban (and driver), than flagging two taxis. In our case, that was true.
After lunch, we walked to Central Park to look at trees, rocks, and grass.
Jared asked me to Photoshop pigeons on his arm like in Home Alone, but I thought a random photo of him sticking his arm out was more entertaining.
We stayed at the Marriott Marquis and the Lion King broadway show happened to be a few feet from our hotel door. As someone that isn’t crazy about theater, I thought this production was outstanding. After the show, we were all raving about the play. My dad, however, was not as impressed. We later realized that the play didn’t make sense to him because he had never seen the movie… He always surprises me!
Tip: If you are going to go to the Lion King musical that follows the storyline of the movie, watch the movie.
We went out for drinks after the Lion King and only walked a few feet before flagging down a few carriages. We pressured our bike driver to race the other driver and we lost. After a few drinking games and changes of scenery, we called it a night.
Hockey Hockey Hockey
On Saturday, we did some sightseeing, napping, and eating. My dad insisted that we all wore unflattering matching green jerseys on our Saturday adventures. Before the hockey game, we went to two receptions for UND fans. Both were completely full and we had to leave. That’s when I knew we had a wild night ahead of us. Upon arriving to the game, we met one of my college friends, Joe, and did our best to show him a true North Dakota hockey experience.
I think we succeeded.
Bright and early we left to the airport. Once again, we used a car service and it ended up being the same price as a taxi fare. By 4:00 PM, we landed in our great state of North Dakota.
Las Vegas 2018
I am thankful we were blessed with such an amazing opportunity to travel to NYC and watch our hockey team dominate. I am already looking forward to the Las Vegas hockey game in 2018!