Here I was thinking I had all my wishes in pretty good order. . .
I think I'll get started deleting all those store accounts. ..
Next Tuesday, the #1 Grand, our first born, and only grandson,
will arrive via Southwest Airlines. . .
We promised the grands when we started traveling,
that we would fly them out to meet us. . .
so Jordan’s finally taking us up on it. . .
we decided we should make a dry run to check things out
but first. . .some lunch.
When someone makes a great recommendation, I make a note of it in my Travel Spreadsheet. . .
then when we arrive in an area. . .I have all these great places to check out. . .
to check out Frank’ Pizzeria on Chicago’s Northwest side,
I decided that would be a great place to have our first taste of Chicago Pizza. . .
EXCEPT. . .
evidently, they are CLOSED ON MONDAYS. . .hello. . .
all righty then. . .nothing to be done about that. . .
so. . .on to the next thing, Wrigley Field. . .
which took us through this great little Northwest Chicago neighborhood.
All these cute little houses, lined up side by side,
with yards as neat as a pin. . .really lovely. . .
and the copper clad windows on this condo unit were so great. . .
We just wanted to check out where Wrigley Field was located. . .
we have tickets for a game next Thursday. . .
so I know we will get some great pics then. . .
so we just parked at McDonald’s across the street, and got a couple of quick shots.
and on we go. . .here’s the EL. . .
we really thought we would be taking this in,
but, we are so far out, it would cost almost $60 per day roundtrip
for the three of us to ride. . .so, it’s way less expensive to just
bring the car in, and pay $21 parking. . .
Dave hasn’t found driving in Chicago to be any worse
than driving in Houston. . .so there ya go.
Of course, we’ll try to avoid rush hour times. . .
I’ll let you know how it all goes. . .
Finally. . .what we’ve been waiting for. . .
the Downtown Chicago Skyline. . .
as seen from Navy Pier
I’m sure I’ll know what some of the buildings are
after we take the Architectural Boat Tour next week. . .
We checked out Navy Pier, and had lunch. . .
but decided to save all the sightseeing and tours
for when Jordan arrives next week. . .
So, that was it. . .our first day in Chicago. . .
There’ll be much more to share next week,
Janice and Dave
We moved the coach from Madison Wisconsin to
Pine Country (Outdoor World) in Belvidere Illinois
which is still 65 miles from Chicago. . .guess why?
because it’s part of our Thousand Trails “Membership” package
so there’s no charge for us to be here. . .yaaa!
After some of the prices we’ve paid to stay up here in
the Great Lakes Area. . .”free” is good for the budget.
Boy, am I ever glad it’s free. . .’cause it’s only 30A service,
and it has gotten hot. . .up into the 90’s. . .
Now, that would normally not be a problem . . .right?
We can still run one A/C. . .and just maneuver appliances and such. . .
trust me. . .over 12 years of full timing. . .we’ve figured out the 30A misery. . .
The problem happens about 2 o’clock every afternoon. . .
the sun is beating down on the MAIN Breaker Supply. . .
those breakers heat up. . .and TRIP!
So. . .no one in our row is tripping their individual breakers at their pole. . .
but we have to wait for the tech to come over. . .unlock the main breaker box,
and get us all up and going again. . .yaaa. . .NOT FUN!
okay. . .enough whining. . .on to the fun stuff. . .
Next week, our #1 Grandson (he’s the only boy) will be here. . .
so. . .before he gets here, we’re going to move the coach over to the KOA
you know I love my murals. . .and since we weren’t fixing to go into Chicago
on the weekend, we decided we would go check them out. . .
I’ll just show you this really great one. . .and include the rest in my album.
As we were walking about snapping pics, one the shopkeepers came out
to see what we were finding so interesting. . .it really is a pretty little town. . .
obviously an important place, at some time in history. . .
so we chatted with her a bit about the town and her business,
and told her exploring little towns is a great way to get a nice walk in. . .
we thoroughly enjoyed it.
I know this has not been all that exciting. . .
but I wanted to chronicle Belvidere for our journal. . .
Next time. . .Chicago. . .I promise!
Janice and Dave