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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 12th 2007

More fun in Chicago! We decided it be a good idea to visit my dear friend the Hancock Building once again to see Chicago during the day light hours. It did not disappoint! The city looks great from up there. However, we spent the bulk of our day at the Filed Museum looking at its billion and one specimens and collections. Of course, the huge T-Rex in the Grand Hall dominated my visit. Dinosaur Sue is HUGE and we read about her in my 4th grade class. I took a bunch of pictures so that my students can see her from every angle possible. Plus so they can know that yes I did see Sue as well :) The boring peanut worm was my second favorite thing too! Afterwards, we headed over to the very free ... read more
Day Visit at the John Hancock
Posing with the Sears Tower Behind Me
Washing Windows

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 11th 2007

Day 2 in Chicago! Today is Museum day! We had an action packed day planned so we woke up early and headed over to the Shedd Aquarium first. My favorite animals were the beluga whales. They are so white! But their babies are born gray. Afterwards we walked along Lake Michigan to reach the Planetarium where we learned a lot about the planets and our universe. Then we headed over to Millenium Park to people watch and marvel at the mirror bean. Its such a cool sculpture! Plus a million people just walk around and stuff. Next we headed over to get a closer look at Lake Michigan so that I may stick my feet in it. I can now say I have stuck my feet in 3 out of 5 Great lakes: Ontario, Superior, and ... read more
Shedd Aquarium
Penguins!
Beluga Whale

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 10th 2007

We arrived in Chicago by train then took a taxi over from Union Station to the Seneca Hotel to check in. Its a nice room, elegant, typical from a bygone era. It will serve its purpose well. After checking in we headed over to the Lincoln Park Zoo because it is free. Its a great zoo. There is plenty to see and do. Plenty of animals, cats which are my favorite. Their gorilla enclosure is also great! I also experienced my first Chicago Style Hot Dog...and it has too much stuff on it. I am a simple hot dog man, just bread, wiener, bacon, and onions. Yum! After we rested a bit at the hotel we went to the John Hancock Tower Building, which is right next to our hotel. There were no lines and it ... read more
Family Picture
Nightview From John Hancock Building
Gothic Water Tower

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 6th 2007

Today we visited Shedd's Aquarium. Nothing we haven't seen before but always entertaining. Highlights: the penguins (HAPPY FEET!), sea otters (they were playing together and making everyone go ohh and ahhh), beluga whales (there was one who was such a camera ham. He would go up to the people, stick his head out of the water and start making sounds), the seadragons (they look so cool-google them if you've never seen them before), and of course the dolphins (Sea World is better of course but Shedd definitely put on a good show.) We had lunch by the lake. You wouldn't believe how windy it got. I was so cold I got goosebumps (then again, I'm cold a lot of the time.) It was peaceful and serene and the perfect place for a picnic. We took ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 6th 2007

Day 1 Christoph Hall Tour word of the day: Masturbatorium (not sure how that one came about) Beverage of the Evening: Sierra Nevada So here we are on another tour. We have the same crew as last time (Myself, Brian, Laurie, Martin, and Edward). The Nebuchadnezzar has been getting quite a workout this year touring. 20,000 miles in 6 months. As seems to be the standard, Brian along with his girlfriend Julie, spent the days up to departure working on the bus. At 350,000 miles it's showing some battle scars but is running strong. Finding Vegoil in Minneapolis this time was a bust for the most part but we did find enough to get us to Chicago. We were in the bus for only about 10 minutes when the same old jokes surfaced. We enjoyed ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 5th 2007

Hey! I'm in Chicago right now and the traffic is crazy! Makes you appreciate all the room and space we have back home. But the weather is fantastic: warm and not a cloud in the sky. I laugh at all of you down in Texas there in the rain! Anyways it's been pretty fun. On the first day we walked through what felt like all of downtown Chicago. Just walking and walking. My feet were sooo sore, but there were some pretty cool sights (it'll NEVER compete with New York though!) like Sears Tower, the place where they make the Chicago Tribune newspaper. Then we had lunch at the 95th floor of this huge skyscraper. The view was terrific. It's a good thing heights don't scare me too much or I would have been hyperventilating. ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 2nd 2007

I depart at 5:45 pm today from O'Hare--could not be more excited....now lets just hope my luggage isn't too heavy! Alli... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 26th 2007

Mark and I just spent our One year wedding anniversary in Chicago. We had a wonderful time when we were there. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year. We arrived to Chicago on Wednesday, June 20th. After we checked into the Whitehall Hotel we spent the day wondering around and relaxing. We decided to get dressed up and headed off to Fonterra’s, a Mexican restaurant that was highly recommended. Apparently everybody else in Chicago wanted to go there and we were welcomed with a two hour wait. Well, that wasn’t going to happen. We ended up finding a little Italian restaurant where we were seated immediately and were able to sit outside. On Thursday, we decided the best way to see as much of the city was to take a bus tour. We had ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 25th 2007

"...cause I finally did it bebe, I got out of range. Got in my Mercury and drove out West, pedal to the metal and my love to the test, bebe, sweet bebe..." ~Lucinda Williams... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 21st 2007

After months of hustling around Chicago trying to prepare, we are finally ready to take off. We depart tonight, and after two long layovers we arrive in Jo'burg. While the preparation has been a bit hectic -- clothes down in the city, medicine in the west suburbs, items bought in November, items bought yesterday, last minute trip to the doctor -- we are very excited about the numerous firsts we are about to encounter. The trip will be our first MAJOR travel together, our first trips to Africa, our first "animals in the wild" experience, Danika's first "real" Europe trip, Brad's first time to Spain, and maybe even our first time bungee jumping, etc. With all the excitement of leaving, we are a little sad today because all of our friends from school are leaving ... read more




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