Ewan & Hannah, at our furthest Eastern spot on the #frasier4trip 

After 1,200 miles in 2 days,

exploring the "big city" was fun!

 

The details:

We rolled in to Chicago, late on Friday night...

Sorry, before any more, I need to get this out of the way:

Illinois, how dare you toll I-90.

Ok, I've said my peace about that.  Moving on...

We rolled in to Chicago, late on Friday night after a long day of driving through construction and... (growl) tolls.

Our hostess was one of Elyse's childhood friends, Kristen Hu.  Her husband Zhao, was out of town for business in (ironically) Nebraska.  She treated us like royalty!  With really only a day and a half to enjoy the city, she helped us get around quickly and with minimal pain.  We took trams, taxis, Ubers, and even had a picnic on the boardwalk.

Kristen, thank you!

Another fun part of the weekend was my mom, brother Chad, Aunt Carol, and cousins Becky and Kyle meeting up with us on Saturday.  The kids were tickled pink to see them and we really enjoyed the unconventional day together (which was topped off with Chicago deep dish.)

I'll let the pics tell the stories:

Now, after a 4 hour drive (Cubs game was getting out), we're at the farm and loving it.  Being in the city was SO FUN, and we can't wait to come back.

But, as Jim Gaffigan says in "Dad is Fat" - "You have to be a special kind of insane to try and raise your kids in the city."

We're coming back, as soon as we can, but it's going to be for an epic couple's weekend.  :)

There is also something to be said about the difficulty of the rapid population transition.

Last weekend, this was our view out the car:

Not a soul for maybe 100 miles...

Not a soul for maybe 100 miles...

Saturday, a week later, this was the view out of the car:

I have to admit, it messed with us.  Elyse and I are both pretty city-savvy normally.  But man, I was fumbling and acting super paranoid.  I can see how people who rarely go to large cities would freak out.

But it was still invigorating, seeing so much creativity and different cultures all at once after two weeks of the open road.

Oh, and we're 50 miles from 4,000 on this trip so far...

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