My big-mouthed Sheltie has already announced that I’ve been away, so I might as well confess I went to visit Domer in the Windy City.
Since my nerves are still pretty raw from my car crash, I took the train (not exactly a paragon of safety there, but I liked my chances better than on the highways!)
We had a solid week for me to try new restaurants, see interesting sights, revisit old stomping grounds, and catch up; both of us agreed we needed the break.
One place we stopped was the Chicago Botanic Garden, a 365-acre feast for eyes, ears, and soul.
Filled with flowering plants, fruits and veggies, waterfalls, butterflies, and other critters, this is a must-see if you’re in the area.
Tip: Wear good walking shoes. Take advantage of benches for occasional rest. Be prepared to come away feeling serene.
We also revisited the Shedd Aquarium, taking in knowledge of more than 30,000 water inhabitants such as dolphins, otters, penguins, and fish. Animals hail from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean, the Amazon to polar regions. Neither of us opted to touch the sting ray.
Tip: If visiting, plan to eat before or after your tour because we found the food way overpriced … and not particularly good. Twenty-three dollars for single-patty burgers and fries?? Ouch.
The third thing we did was travel to Notre Dame for the football game against Duke. What can I say? The Irish lost, dropping to 1-3 on the season. ‘Nuff said.
Tip: Don’t believe the weatherman when he says “cloudy with a chance for showers.” We didn’t wear our baseball caps (and Domer didn’t even take his shades). Our seats faced west, and we both came away with sunburns for staring into that brilliant blue sky!
Another cool thing — I took my very first Uber! Domer handled the details and accompanied me, so it wasn’t scary or creepy at all. And it was way easier than finding parking downtown.
I have LOTS more pictures, so if any of you express interest, I’ll be glad to post them next time. Just say so in your comments, ‘k?