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Sep 27, 2018 - Heading West

After a VERY busy summer spent mostly in Michigan with side trips to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Chicago, and Wisconsin, I am on my way to Arizona. I spent the last two days in Chicago visiting my son and his family . Got to spend lots of time with my beautiful granddaughter which was an absolute treat. Looking forward to visiting a few places that have eluded me in my travels. Hope the weather holds! Tomorrow Iowa!

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Aug 21, 2018 - Chicago Architectural Tour on Chicago River

2018-08-21. Chicago Architecture or...Trump is #2 Nappanee, Indiana to Joliet, Illinois is a study in contrasts between the rural, bucolic farmland of Indiana to the craziness that is I-80 all around Chicago. We decided to try to avoid I-80 as much as possible and, from Nappanee, we got on US 6 and were able to go all the way to Portage, Indiana; an exit after I-80/90, the toll road, changes to I-80/94, the non-toll road. Still, it is worth your life trying to navigate the six lanes of travel while figuring out which road you want in the...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Deadwood and the Black Hills

After Yellowstone ( we have forgotten what day of the week it is!)we were off to Deadwood to see the town and Boot Hill ( burial places for Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane). We also had an hysterical bus ride with a guide on caffeine +!!! Donna and I also hit the saino ( if you want to call them that) and we last a total of $25. From there we went to a working ranch where we saw horse training and the like and a history lesson of the Cattlemen's Uprising 1860. we had a great dinner on the range. Yesterday we in the afternoon, we finally...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

Hi everyone...first off, it's been very difficult making regular entries as internet and cell service is practically non existent out here ( #1 reason I cannot live here, lol). We are having a lot of fun meeting different folks and seeing all of the amazing, spellbinding scenery. The last few days we were in Jackson, WY, a very expensive place to live and somewhat expensive place to visit. We went sown the snake river and felt like Lewis and Clark, taking in the wild life and the Grand Tetons... Today we are in Yellowstone National Park,...

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Jun 22, 2018 - Amtrak, Utah and Wyoming

Today was a travel day after our 36 hour Amtrak adventure. The experience was not bad but would have been much better if we had air conditioning! Yep, no air in our sleeping car, not for us or the other 10 folks with rooms within our car. It meant for leaving doors open (shades pulled) so it was like Disney on parade Let's just say we laughed a lot! Donna got the top bunk, me on the bottom. Neither of us got any sleep! Actually no one within the car got any sleep We ate in in the dining car which was pretty neat. They had us in groups of...

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Jun 20, 2018 - Chi-town

We had an uneventful flight ( read wonderful!) to the Windy City Engaged my first Uber ( as Lindsay remarked, finally!) and got to a very nice hotel in the financial District. Had dinner with Rita Higgins last night, a Bergen County alumni in one of the oldest Italian restaurants on south Oakley Avenue. Wonderful, wonderful evening. Hitting Union Statuon later for the gig train ride! Later!

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Apr 15, 2018 - Chicago

Left early this morning to get ahead of a storm coming this way. The predicted snowflurries never materialized but freezing cold temps and heavy rain were challenging enough.. Took my time and arrived safely in Chicago by 11 am. Held Ella for a long time - she is a sweetheart. Her parents are wonderful with her and she is thriving!

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Nov 13, 2017 - Chicago (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Our homeward journey from Tbilisi, Georgia took us through Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for the very first time. We were on a direct flight from Istanbul, but the flight was scheduled to arrive so late in the evening that we had to stay overnight before continuing on the next morning. We weren’t exactly wide awake when we entered the moving walkways that took us from one terminal to another. However, the amazing neon lights twisting above our heads jolted us into the here and now! I love them! We were using our...

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Oct 24, 2017 - Chicago

Two things - Gordon and I always wanted to go to Chicago and I always immediately want to move to almost all places we have visited in the past 30 years. So we had a few extra days after New Mexico and so decided to drive back to Florida via Chicago. We spent 4 days there and of course I'm ready to move there. Loved it. We stayed in a matchbox sized room in a guesthouse on the northeast side in a neighborhood called Wrigleyville. The Belmont L stop was 1/2 block away. We bought a 3 day unlimited transit pass and took the city buses and...

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Sep 4, 2017 - Pullman National Monument

As we look ahead to visiting national parks in the western US, we thought we'd visit a new national monument close to home - Pullman. In 1859 George Pullman made a fortune raising buildings in Chicago 8 - 10 feet off the ground so plumbing could be installed beneath them. As he traveled to Chicago from the east by train, he was appalled at the lack of creature comforts on this trip. He resolved to build a model manufacturing community to producer lavish sleeper and dining cars. One of his earliest cars carried the Abraham Lincoln funeral...

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Aug 6, 2017 - Windy City Memories

After we left Sac City, Iowa we chose Galena, Illinois as an overnight stop on our way to Chicago……what a find!! Galena is in northwestern Illinois just across the Mississippi River. It is known for its well-preserved 19th century buildings to include the Italianate Ulysses S. Grant Home, which was a gift from the local citizens to the Civil War general and who later became our 18th President. The home is almost 100% authentic to the time he and his family lived there. Historic downtown Galena was named “Best Main Street in the Midwest”...

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Aug 6, 2017 - Day 2 in Chicago

Hi guys! We had another fun day in the big city! We woke up, ate breakfast, took a little snooze with mom and then we were up for the day and ready to go! Mom & Dad took us for a walk down to the parking lot where our car was and paid for parking so we could leave early tomorrow morning (like 5am! ). They were really happy when we left there because the man only charged them for one night instead of two!! We took a little stroll around Chicago Ave, Michigan Ave and State St then came back to get Natalia. We met her at the Starbucks on the...

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