Wow, so I completely, utterly fail at sight-seeing around Chicago.
So I've had two full days in the city, and yet I've seen hardly anything! Yesterday, our first full day, was spent mostly shopping. We wandered up/down Michigan Ave and went in half a million shops and also wandered the Navy Pier. We stumbled into a pizza place for lunch where I tried the whole deep-dish pizza thing. I'm pretty sure it's all calorie free, right? Right? RIGHT?
Today we set out to get the Chicago City fast pass and see as much as we could. This is where we failed. Miserably. Our first stop was the aquarium. And we spent the majority of the day there (and the gift shop). Ashleigh and I both agreed that we could have sat hours watching the dolphins and beluga whales.
There was just so much to see and so little time. We also saw a 4-D movie about planet earth. So much fun. From there (because it was almost 5pm - the time the other museums close) we walked to the Sears (now Willis) Tower to ride the elevator up to the Sky deck to look out over the city. It was pretty effin' cool. I'm just glad that it was pretty clear so that we could actually see. I even went out into the glass box so that you can look down at the street below.
And then... that was it for the sight-seeing. I had all these plans for the museums and whatnot, but nope... not it's 9pm, I'm resting my feet (so tired), drinking homemade Sangria (yep, i made it) and thinking that I really should pack up... I've got a long day ahead of me tomorrow. I'm off to Omaha, Nebraska.
I'm really starting to feel the physical/emotional toll this marathon around the US is starting to take. I'm tired, my feet hurt, and I hate that I have to keep saying goodbye to my friends. I find that I'm ready for bed earlier and earlier each night, and before I couldn't sleep past 8, now I've been fighting to get out of bed at 9. I have the feeling that I am going to get home and crash, for like a week. I will roll out of bed for coffee, the new episode of NCIS, and really I can't think of much else.
(state count so far: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, D.C. Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana & Illinois)