Hello Chicago

9/21/2022 we are in Illinois

The campgrounds official name is Adeline Jay Geo Karis Illinois Beach State Park and there are two different locations. We went to the no camping area first, a few miles down the road.
Sunset on our way to the campground
We stayed at sight #114

Thursday morning September 22, 2022 Mitch dropped me off at the shower facilities and he went for a bike ride. The showers are the water saving kind, you push the button, and for 30 second, half cold, half warm, then it shuts off..it was not a fun time. After I got done, Mitch had to show me what he’d found on the other side of the campground, it was the hugest lake we’ve ever seen!

Lake Michigan, it is sooo big, it seems like an ocean!
It was a cool morning, around 50 degrees and the waves just kept coming
Are we at the ocean? No wonder it’s called the Great Lakes

As we headed out to visit the Windy City, we didn’t agree on how you say Illinois. Do you say Illinois with the “s” at the end, or do you say it with a silent “s”? Per usual we turned it into a bet, (I think the “s” is silent, he says it’s not) we are going to ask 3 locals and who ever wins, gets a 10 minute massage! As we routed our way, Siri pronounced Illinois with a silent “s”. I asked Mitch if we could use her as one of the 3 people, he was adamant about it being people. Haha

The only RV in the city.. Harvy’s special:)
we came up this beautiful fountain in Grant Park only a block after we parked
It was a brisk morning, like burr

We made up rules about how we have to ask the three people. First we have to inquire if they are from Chicago, then we cannot say the name of the state and we have to be together to ask the question. When we ask we have to say, “how do you say the name of this state?” Our first person was a guy sitting in a city utility truck. He pronounced it with the “s” being silent. I did a little dance.. “oh ya, I’m getting me a massage, buddy” I say to Mitch.

We rented the Divvy bikes for a while, but riding bikes on the city street of Chicago with the traffic.. no thanks
We got ourselves a slice of pizza at Fontano’s and while Mitch was inside and I was guarding the bikes he asked the pizza guy about how to pronounce Illinois.. although I was not there the answer was a silent “s”
We stopped in at the Apple Store, they’ve got the best view in town and the friendliest people working there. I decided to ask a man who maintains the city’s trash, he said he’s lived in Chicago his whole life and he pronounces it with an “s”. Best two out 3, I win sweetie!
We went to the 360 Chicago building
It’s 94 stories high and your ears pop on the way up the elevator
What a beautiful city
This is a panoramic pic. They have a sky bar, a tilt out you can experience and a souvenir shop up top
City streets of Chicago

On our way back down the magnificent mile (all the fancy stores) I see people taking pictures, so I inquire. They said the sun only sets through the city streets that run east and west twice a year, and today was one of the days.

Sunset on a Chicago street

As we tried to map our way back to Harvy we went a different route and I was able to get another picture of the sunset

You can also take a boat tour of the city
The bean of Chicago “bean there!” Haha
You can walk under it, and get a new perspective
We’d made it a half a mile down the street and all these people we waiting to capture the sun setting

By this time, we’d spent hours touring the city and my back was killing me. The quickest way to get back to Harvy? We rented scooters! Now that’s the way to go, easier to weave in and out of the crowd on the sidewalk. I’d never ridden one, and it was quite the sight. I think I traumatized one guy, as I cut in right in front of him I said, “sorry, bad driver” he responded “you ARE a bad driver!” I respond, “ I will try and do better.. sorry!”

Me? On a scooter! Oh no!
Statue in Chicago
Grant park fountain in the evening
So long beautiful Chicago,
your clean streets, the welcoming vibe, I didn’t know I would love you like I do
We saw the navy pier as we drove out of town

The next morning 9/23/2022 we packed up and began driving towards Ohio. It was about a 5-6 hour drive to our next campground. we are currently at the Punderson state park in Ohio.

We made a new friend last night, a raccoon. It was so cold last night you could see your breath

Mitch sent a text to the family.. this is what it said, “A wild taco. Just walked up to within a foot of me and I forgot to push record! Haha!” Autocorrect changed the word raccoon, to taco. So Mitch named it Taco. The little one came back around and he did get a video.

Hello Taco

Today, 9/24/22 we take a day, let our bodies take a break and we continue our adventures tomorrow. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here we come!



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2 thoughts on “Hello Chicago

  1. Wow! What artful photos of Chicago! So impressive! The 2 photos you captured of the rare sunset seen in Chicago streets are worth gold!!! You could sell those in Ross stores around the country! Beautiful! Adored the pic of u n Mitch! My new favorite! ….and that PIZZA! OMGosh! 🏙🌇🛴🍕…. Harvy saying goodbye to Chicago. Brilliant! How about a story of your travels through Harvey’s eyes? After all… he is special in Chicago!

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