HEALTHY DRINKING AT MR. WISH

While doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour staycation of Kew Gardens , I wanted something to drink, but not an adult beverage and not a coffee from either Dunkin Donuts or Seven Eleven coffee.

While doing some exploring around the area near the Kew Gardens Long Island Railroad Station was, I noticed a place called , ‘Mr. Wish’.

It claimed that it had ‘healthy bubble drinks and fruit teas.’

I looked at the pictures on the store window and on the menu, and I saw a drink that I hadn’t had since I lived in Los Angeles .

It was Pearl Milk Tea.

For $3.75 plus taxes, I figured why not get a medium one?

I had time to kill before my train back to Locust Manor came.

The Pearl Milk Tea was delicious , and made just the way I like my bubble tea.

No sugar needed, and big bubble pieces that are big but not that big that they won’t fit through your straw .

It just so happens that Mr. Wish’s teas and fruit juices are the number one brand in Taiwan and besides having stores in Taiwan and the United States , they also have locations in China , Vietnam , plus 150 other locations.

It’s easy to see why.

The store that I went to is located at 80 – 62 Lefferts Boulevard , Kew Gardens .

Mr. Wish claims that they have ‘authentic Fruit and Bubble Teas.’

They do.

If you can’t get to New York City or the borough of Queens, see if there is a Mr. Wish in your city.

You won’t be disappointed and the prices are very reasonable .

VISITING KEW GARDENS, NEW YORK IN PICTURES

Once again, the weather is nice here in the beginning of October all ready.

I decided to do another 30 Plus Teams Tour day trip of another neighborhood in Queens , Kew Gardens .

Kew Gardens is actually close to the section of Queens that I live in.

I can either take two buses to get there , the subway, or as usual, the Long Island Railroad .

The Kew Gardens Long Island Railroad Station is two stops away from me, after Jamaica JFK .

If the name sounds familiar , it’s because like most towns in the eastern part of the United States , there’s towns in England with the same name , and many of the buildings in Kew Gardens look like houses in England .

While many of us can’t get to England or anywhere else, enjoy the pictures from my day in Kew Gardens .

SEPTEMBER TRAVEL QUOTES

 

The weather is getting cooler, and honestly , the Sports Diva can’t be happier.

I hate the summer, and love the cooler weather.

Pumpkin spice stuff, fall leaves, fall jackets and sweaters, and yes football is back.

Some stadiums have a few fans, socially distancing , of course.

Some of us are even traveling , and I don’t mean doing a staycation 30 Plus Teams Tour.

They are actually going somewhere , whether it’s by plane or by automobile .

Travel is back.

Not the way it used to be but it’s back and that’s a good thing.

We’re going to month number 10 in a few days , so let these quotes inspire you to get out there.

JOURNEY TO THE END OF LONG ISLAND , MONTAUK

My 30 Plus Teams Tour staycation took me to a place that I hadn’t been to in years .

59 of them to be exact.

People on Long Island call this village, ‘the end of Long Island’, because technically , it is.

You can take a ferry across the river and you’re in the state of Connecticut .

You discover , as I did, if you’re listening to your radio and expect to hear stations from New York , no such luck.

Try stations from the Nutmeg State, Connecticut .

The village is Montauk and if you look on a map of Long Island , you’ll discover that it’s on the very tip of Long Island .

If you go by Long Island Railroad as I did, be ready for a long ride.

3 hours to be exact, with two transfers to get there going.

My first transfer was at Jamaica – JFK , the next transfer was in the village of Babylon .

Coming back though, I just had one transfer at the last stop, Jamaica – JFK .

If you go in the summer , especially on a weekend or a holiday, expect to see a really crowded train.

When I was little, I went fishing with relatives out to Montauk .

Nothing has changed, Montauk is still known for fishing.

Don’t be surprised to see young and old bringing their fishing equipment on this train.

Technically , the village of Montauk is part of those ritzy Long Island villages known as The Hamptons .

The Hamptons are made up of the villages, West Hampton , North Hampton , Hampton Bays, South Hampton , Bridgehampton and East Hampton .

Montauk is part of East Hampton .

Like many parts of Long Island , Montauk is known for its beaches.

Many of the beaches on Montauk are now private, but you can take pictures.

Montauk’s most famous landmark is the Montauk Lighthouse , but because it’s not close to the Montauk station and I didn’t have that much time to explore, I didn’t get to see it up close and personal.

Every picture you see of Montauk, you’re going to see the lighthouse .

It’s that much of an icon here at the end of Long Island .

To say that I was tired from this 30 Plus Teams Tour of Montauk would be an understatement .

I was and I walked so much in the wrong type of shoes that I got blisters on the back of both of my feet.

But call me crazy, I would do it again .

No, not get blisters on my feet , go out to Montauk .

If I had one problem with the station at Montauk it would be get some benches on the platform.

Other than that, I enjoyed my journey to the village known as the end of Long Island .

RIDING FAR ON THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD IN PICTURES

Once again, my 30 Plus Teams Tour took me out to Long Island .

This time instead of just going to Nassau County , I went farther .

I went to the end of Long Island , Suffolk County .

I started in Queens , Locust Manor and 3 hours later, I ended up in Montauk , Suffolk County , Long Island .

More about my visit to Montauk in an upcoming post.

Right now, come along with me and see the stations in Nassau and Suffolk County , Long Island in pictures .

DISCOVERING MILBURN POND PARK

Once again, it was a ride on the Nassau County bus to the incorporated village of Freeport , Long Island to run an errand.

As always, my little notebook or some kind of paper is with me so that I can think of other places to do a stay at home 30 Plus Teams Tour .

Yesterday, September 2nd, was no exception .

On other rides to Freeport , I noticed a park that’s right on the Freeport and Baldwin border.

There were Canadian Geese and Seagulls all over the place .

Now I should let you know that I don’t like birds.

I think I watched the Alfred Hitchcock movie, ‘The Birds’ a little too much.

If you’ve ever seen that movie, you have an idea what I’m talking about.

If you haven’t , rent that sucker. You’ll have the same reaction to birds that I have .

But I digress.

My visit to Milburn Pond Park, which is located on Milburn Road and Merrick Boulevard was very peaceful .

Yes, there were loads of birds, Canada Geese and seagulls around, but they didn’t bother me, and I sure wasn’t bothering them.

Although I must admit when they were flying around , I got nervous.

They landed in the water as if to say , ‘Sports Diva, we ain’t thinking about you . It’s hot, it’s humid, we need some water!’

I wasn’t the only one noticing how peaceful this little park is.

People were just relaxing, wearing their masks of course, and taking in this beautiful but humid day.

I’m glad I finally got the chance to see this park up close.

BEING A SPORTS DIVA DURING COVID 19

As some of you may or may not know, I like sports .

No, let me stop with  the boo crap.

I LOVE SPORTS !

I’m  not called the Sports  Diva  for nothing .

This is what 30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams  is all about.

It’s  a love of sports and traveling  to  a  city to see a game, not to mention  what to do in that city once   that   baseball ,  hockey ,  football  and  basketball  games are over.

The virus  from  hell, also known  as  Covid  19 ,  not only stopped  my travel, it also stopped  me and a lot of other sports fans from doing what we love  best.

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The last sporting  event that I  attended  on my 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  was in Las Vegas   between  the Golden  Knights  and Los Angeles  Kings.

It was on my bucket list  to do this.

There haven’t been any more games for me to attend because of the pandemic .

At the beginning  of  March ,  the NBA   (National  Basketball  Association  ) and the NHL   (National  Hockey  League  )decided to postpone  their season until God knows when.

I don’t  need to tell you how this made the Sports Diva  feel.

You can only imagine .

I  didn’t  care that  I  wouldn’t  be  able  to  travel to a game, I  can live with that.

No, seriously, I’m  dealing with taking public  transportation for a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour   and not airplanes  .

But to not be able to watch a game on television  or listen  to  it on the radio, no the Sports  Diva  wasn’t  feeling this.

I  was going crazy.

It came  to  the  point where I  would go to YouTube  to watch reruns of New England  Patriots  Superbowl  wins, New York  Yankees baseball games and all the  hockey replays that I  could  stand.

I was even watching people going to their favorite stadium, ball park or arena on the Travel  Channel ,  no less.

That’s  how much I  missed my sports and I wasn’t  the only one as I discovered  from Facebook   and other social media posts.

When hockey came back on August  1st   for the playoffs   with no fans, did the Sports Diva  care?

Not  at all, it was sports and yes, I planned my day around what time games were on TV or radio for the two New York  City  teams that were  in the playoffs .

I’m  not kidding .

If a game began at noon, you’d  better believe that the Sports  Diva  was going to  have all of her housework done by 11:59am, no matter what team was on.

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A VISIT TO BELMONT PARK

  • I thought I  would  be missing  all the 30 Plus  Teams  Tours  that I  would be making since the Virus  from  hell  came  on the scene .
  • I couldn’t  understand  why y’all  were so interested  in what was in my suitcase.
  • In other words, I  really thought that I would really miss plane travel for another 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  anywhere .
  • Believe it or not, I’m  really enjoying visiting  places by public transportation .
  • I  took  another trip on the local Queens bus to Elmont, Long Island .
  • I was going to see Belmont Racetrack ,home of the third leg of horse  racing’s ‘triple crown’.
  • But no, I don’t   bet on horses .
  • I just like looking  at  them.
  • (Besides the  Belmont Stakes, there’s  also the Preakness  Stakes, held in Baltimore  and of course, something that’s  on my bucket list ,  the Kentucky  Derby, held in Louisville ,  Kentucky  .)
  • The Sports Diva  had another reason for visiting  Elmont and Belmont  Park .
  • Right next door ,  under construction ,  is Belmont  Arena .
  • It’s  going to be the new home  of  the  New York  Islanders  hockey club.
  • You just know ,  the Sports Diva  had to see this.
  • As it was a very nice day, I  really enjoyed  my day and am looking forward  to  the next place to visit.
  • I said it before and I’ll  say it again.
  • I  can get used to not flying anywhere but taking public  transportation . 20200814_12581020200814_12414720200814_125158FB_IMG_159745653520320200814_12564620200814_12473920200814_12450220200814_13043620200814_13012820200814_130518

A DAY IN SPRINGFIELD PARK

I didn’t  have  to  take  Nassau County public transportation for this 30 Plus  Teams  Tour .

I  let my feet do some of  the  walking.

I did take a bus but just for 20 blocks and walked the rest of the way, all 5 blocks.

I could have walked the whole way, but I  was saving my walking for the park.

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After you leave Rosedale ,  you’re  out of New York  City  and on Long Island .

Surprisingly ,  I was in this same park four years ago  to the day.

I didn’t  remember  this but leave it to Facebook  Memories  to remind me.

It was a beautiful  day, but as we are a week or so away from most of us not having any power  thanks to the hurricane, trees were down all over the park.

Queens  is the borough  of New York  City  that has the most trees, and they are NO MATCH for a storm with 75 plus mph winds  let alone rain.

It was hot but a really beautiful  day  and I’m forgetting  that I’m  not really traveling  like I used to.

Sort of .