By Vera Koo, Women’s Outdoor News, Published August 1, 2017
I always advise people to never pass up an opportunity that excites them, even if the timing seems inopportune. Opportunities are fleeting. You never know when another window will open if you miss the first.
When the opportunity to go to New York City on a Broadway theater tour presented itself earlier this summer, I knew I must practice what I preached.
I left 2 days after the Bianchi Cup, my biggest shooting event of the year. I didn’t have time to return home to California from Columbia, Missouri, after the Cup, so I brought a suitcase to Missouri that included everything I needed for my trip. After the Cup, I shipped home all my shooting equipment and left from Columbia for New York.
The timing of the trip wasn’t ideal, but it was worth the hassle.
I saw 5 Broadway shows in 4 days during my 6-day trip. I also visited the 9/11 Memorial and took in Robert Rauschenberg’s “Among Friends” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.
As a bonus, I got to experience it with a family member, too, because I met up with my sister-in-law, Dr. Winnie Fang, for the trip.
At times, the trip made me introspective. At other times, it inspired me. Many times, it entertained me. Suffice it to say, it was worthwhile.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Before seeing any shows, I visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, better known as the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum. The site includes 2, 1-acre pools that feature the largest man-made waterfalls in the U.S. It marks the footprints of the Twin Towers and symbolizes our nation’s loss that day.
Throughout the entire site, you can tell the construction workers poured everything they had into this memorial and museum project. Their work shines through and honors those who lost their lives.