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... up on that scale…NOT!
Oh, as an aside I did get in a golf round this morning at a little 6,300 yard muni course right down the road from our hotel They must have had a great summer in Chicago with lots of rain, since the rough was so long we had to almost step on the ball to find it, even just off the fairway. I actually lost a ball not more than 10 yards over one green! Let's say I needed the front nine to knock some of the rust off but I was ...
... apple rolled in m&m's and we are All feeling pretty good... So we get to the gate and I start getting chatted up by this lady who asks me to watch her bags while she heads to the loo. After she returns we cover all of the pleasantries, where we are going, how great California is, that one time that she got left on the tarmac for 2 hours, etc... and then she tells me that she takes care of kids for a living and asks me to guess how much she makes per ...
... We enjoyed a good lunch there too!After a stroll along the riverbank we retreated into a fast food place for coffee and an escape from the rain. We haven't had any rain so far on our trip just snow, wind and a bit of cool weather! Lake Michigan is vast and it's effect upon the climate, profound. Fog rolls in and engulfs the city; or just part of it, or as a blanket floating 20m above the ground but only 20m thick, or in fluffy clumps that ...
... in the center of Grant Park where we ate our lunch on a bench in the sunshine. The Buckingham Fountain is pretty darn big so it was no surprise to find out later that it is one of the largest in the world. The fountain does regular water shows and light shows in the evening - I would have liked to have seen that!
There were a lot of students in their graduation cap and gowns - obviously a popular spot for their photos!
Next stop was a short walk ...
... round, as we had both been told how great the architectural boat tour of the inner city was. We had time to wander down the pier for a bit after seeing some amazing sculptures in the park just across from it, before the next tour began. Chicago has some incredible outdoor art, just about every open public space you see has some kind of permanent or temporary art, often sculpture, on display. The architectural tour was so fun and interesting. Our guide was brilliant, and ...