|Tall Ship on Lake Michigan|
|Chicago harbor light house|
|kayaking on the Chicago River|
|"Zombies" distributing wedding dessert invitations at random|
|plaza with one of my favorite sculptures|
|buffalo in Lincoln Park|
|butterflies at Lincoln Park Nature Center|
|Lincoln Park garden|
|beauty and the beast at Lincoln Park|
|sculpture near state building|
A recent trip to Chicago to spend time with family members was one of the best visits I've had there. The days were sunny and reasonably temperate for August-it set the tone for two very good days of exploration. Metropolitan areas always present me with mixed feelings. I truly enjoy the diversity of opportunity that you can find in them. There are even experiences that you can enjoy that are not costly, although there are also others that are. There's also a bit of the unexpected, such as a group of formally dressed zombies handing out invitations, that you often don't find in smaller locales. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be a permanent resident in one. I value my quiet back yard full of urban nature, streets where I can ride my bicycle in relative safety, and nearby state parks that are uncrowded once the summer tourist season is over. Fortunately, it is possible for me to experience both, and I feel comfortable in both types of settings. It would be very crowded if we all had the same living preferences, wouldn't it?
Thank you for visiting, please stop by the Tavern again. Your comments about the post or your travels related to it are always welcome. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.