Day 2 – Urban Hiking in Chicago

Here’s more or less how the day went

  • Woke up and had a nice, leisurely morning at what we explained to CJ was the “new house” when she kept asking if we are going to “our house”
  • We discussed what we should do for the day given the threat of rain
  • Drove into town and had a quite a time finding a place to park our van w/ car top carrier. Finally found a garage with high enough clearance but no spaces
  • Found a space under NBC Tower and took it
  • Walked to Millennium park where we played in the water, visited Cloud Gate, and walked around.
  • Made the long trek to Rainforest Cafe for lunch
  • While we were there, severe storms swept through Chicago
  • Not wanting to wait longer, we set out with umbrellas
  • We made a pit stop at the Disney store
  • Walked to Water Tower Place where we visited the American Girl Doll Store and Lego Store (where EC spent some of his souvenir money)
  • Went across the street to the Hancock Building.  4 of the 6 of us went to the observatory deck. The view was still amazing for a cloudy, dreary day
  • After watching my iPhone videos from the observation deck, Mom confirmed that she wouldn’t have done well up there
  • Next, we made the final hike back to the car
  • Total walking distance, according to my iPhone app: 6 miles
  • We left the city and took the long way through Chicago neighborhoods (halfway scary during some of it, but it was daylight)
  • After a really long drive, made it to Giardano’s to get our deep dish pizza, then popped in and out of up-scale Trader Joes for on-the-road lunch supplies and breakfast food.
  • Finally crashed back at the house for pizza, and a movie.
  • Nobody had any trouble getting to sleep!
  • We look forward to days of less intensity and better weather!

Videos for your viewing pleasure!


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