Get to the Point

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Cedar Point is by far the best amusement park that I’VE personally been too. From the moment that we left the camper at 9:30 or so we were excited- even before we got there. We needed to stop by a store in order to purchase some extremely cheap Cedar Point tickets. The when we got there I wondered if it were French or German. I asked my brother what he thought it was and he said it could be Spanish. I told him it wasn’t Spanish because I KNEW Spanish, and the conversation ended. Aidan was still somewhat confused. When we actually got INTO the store itself we saw the tickets placed in the middle of the entry way where a BLIND MAN might not be able to miss them. We went to check out the deals and saw that we could get unlimited drinks for only $4 extra per person (approximately  £3) That is a little less than a single drink from Cedar Point! After that we took off to go to the one and only Cedar Point. After about 40 minutes of driving we saw it. Cedar point was located very close to the beach and looked quite frankly like it had its very OWN island! When we got to the entrance we paid our short fee to get in and then entered. We had a large Bike Rack in the front and a big stabilizer in back so we asked one of the parking crew members if we could park in the truck section. He said no at first but after a second glance at the back he gave a thumbs up to OK us. We drove between a small car that shouldn’t be there and a large RV and got out. We grabbed our wallets and walked to the entrance. We soon realized that our emergency deference knife was in our backpack still and that we couldn’t bring it into the park so we put it underneath the trashcan before anything else. The truck parking was a lot closer than the regular parking so we walked to the entrance with ease. We skipped the ticket booths and gave the man out tickets to get inside and we took a selfie next to the large plaque of stone that sprung up from the ground with the words Cedar Point on it. The first thing we did was turn left to go to the drink shack and get some refreshing cold Cokes and Pepsi before we did any of the rides. After walking past some rigged carnival games on our right we looked around to find our first ride. We settled with the one called the GateKeeper (170 feet high) and got in line.

After a hot, long and tiring hour-long wait it was finally time to board. I was kind of nervous from the people’s faces getting off but I was willing to do it. One man got off at the last moment, leaving his wife stuck inside. I didn’t fully want to do it so I started getting nervous and wished that the large seatbelt-ish latches would let me out after they were set. All the sudden it started slowly creaking foreword, the chain clanging against the blue metal below us. The layout of the vehicle was of two riders on the left and two riders on the right of the middle. There were a couple of rows of this design. After taking an extended 180 degree turn to the right it plunged upward at a 30 degree angle and stayed that way, moving forward for another hour (12 seconds to be exact) until reaching the highest part of the jaw-dropping 170 foot roller-coaster. Once at the top it slowed slightly and then immediately sped up as it plunged almost strait down. What it actually did is curved backwards (kind of like Lagoon’s Cannibal, for a reference) which would have made it worse if It were meant to be a scary ride. It was odd because you would expect it to be terrible- not really. It was actually very relaxing. Even as it dropped and twisted and shook at its high speeds it wasn’t anything more than excitement! Once it slowed down and parked in the station I got out glad that I did it. Once we were off we went to another extreme ride that held close to 70 people as it launched into the air while spinning. This one wasn’t scary either! In the line could have been better than the actual ride not because it was BAD but because it was hilarious looking at some of the participants faces.

After a couple more rides we wandered by the gift shop area where we looked around for something to possibly buy. We saw some very interesting designs on the shirts and hats but got nothing. We stumbled on a glass shop that was created out of bottles cemented together and were amazed by what we saw. There was a demonstration out back that was fascinating. They told us the basics about the art and showed us some examples. Don’t know what glass art is? I’ve provided a link: Click HERE if you would like to see it. Once they were finished we moved on to go visit the best part of the park: the middle. After a short while of walking we saw some people with VR headsets on as they rode! We had to check it out. What we did first was the Neck Breake- I mean the CorkScrew… But it would break your neck. It spiraled and quickly recovered and slammed your head into the sides of the seat. Not quite fun- just annoying- this was the only ride I wouldn’t recommend. We next saw the VR ride and the reviews were good but sadly after that terrible Br- I mean CorkScrew I was too shaken up to do it. My little brother, Aidan, tried to be 13 but he got the wrong date- July of 2005 so he couldn’t use the VRs. I guess that’s kind of how the world works though. Anyway, night was setting and we were almost done for the night… but not yet! Our dad decided to get on the fastest/worst ride in the park. Luckily for him (and us) the ride shut down so he couldn’t ride it. He got off and we started to walk back but remembered… Cedar Point always holds a party on their private beach! If you are interested in reading my second post, click HERE to see the Night-time party portion.

Travelers Award

I have seen a lot of different awards created by some unknown user at the beginning of the chain so I have decided to create an all-travelers award. This is just for fun so you do not need to be discouraged for not being nominated. I would like to see how many blogs are travel like mine so please only nominate people that have mostly travel in their blog. You can nominate as many people as you want that blog about their travels. With that out of the way, here are the rules that I have set up for this award:

1. Leave a link to your nominator's Home Page

2. Answer all of the following questions to receive the Award

3. Use the official blog emblem as your cover photo

4. Only nominate Travel Blogs

5. Create 13 new questions for your Nominees

Anyway, now that the official rules are out of the way, here are the questions for my very first group of Travelers:

1. Where is the most amazing place you have ever been?

2. How many continents have you been to?

3. Have you ever lived in another country than your current one?

4. What is the worst native food that you have ever tasted on vacation?

5. What is the best native food that you have ever tasted on vacation?

6. Where is the last place you vacationed?

7. What is the longest vacation you have ever been on?

8. What was the most disappointing place you have been

9. What is the longest time you have been in the car at Once

10. If you could take two people with you on vacation who would you take?

11. What is the best hotel you have stayed in?

12. Have you visited every country on your continent?

13. (Last but Not Least) What would your Dream Vacation include?

And now for my favorite travel bloggers that I want to nominate as the pioneers:

UsaThroughOurEyes

Rose Hunter

The Italian Guest

Aidan

Jennifer

I enjoy all of your blogs so much, thank you for sharing your adventures with me. That is all I have to say about that, I hope to see some of my readers possibly create their own award as well, thank you all so much for reading! PLEASE also go and check out my nominees if you are looking for a great travel post to read! Stay tuned until next for some more of my magnificent adventures or another post like this one that may apply to you!

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The Detroit Ford Museum

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One day of travelling after our visit to Mackinac Island we were finally in Detroit. We did not want to go into the big city because we decided that there wasn’t enough there to do that was worth the risk. It started to be filled with crime after 2007 when it never recovered after the economy dropped for the recession where all of its people lost their jobs. What we did, however want to see, was the Ford Museum. We had heard AMAZING reviews of this place and really wanted to check it out. After checking into the area we would be spending the next few days we set up the trailer and left. On the drive we didn’t see much; just a couple of houses and trees along with the occasional train-tracks that divided our road. We drove past the buildings that they were building self-driving cars, and some buildings that were research centers. No matter what they were, all of the buildings were in amazing condition. They all had giant glass windows covering the entire sides of the buildings. We finally found a parking spot where a lot of cars were parked and got out. We walked for a long while until we got to the grand entrance of the museum. There was a gate to our right but the 3 pairs of double-doors was strait ahead of us. We already had our tickets so we walked past the long lines of people waiting to get theirs at various other booths. I held the door open while my family walked behind the small group of strangers entering and then walked in myself before it gently shut behind me. Once inside there were chandeliers lining the ceiling and very interesting designs on the left in right. There were museum item collections such as old (but in perfect condition) toys that you would have played with in his time (around the 1900’s) in glass cases underneath the large windows that let golden light into the covered hallway where you ACTUALLY entered the museum. We walked past a modern diner that was on our right and to a counter where a man stood waiting behind the counter. We gave him our tickets and walked inside to see museum artifacts EVERYWHERE.

The first thing that we saw was a huge set of trains to the right. One of them was just a regular locomotive but it was impressive that they actually had one inside of a museum. The cool part was that you could go inside of it. After climbing up a couple of stairs you could walk into the compartment where the conductor would shovel coal into the fire that powered the train. The train on the right was not accessible but the front was very odd. It was a snow plow from the 1900’s. After we had seen our share of the trains we saw some old auto coaches and very old cars. We saw a section on camping that we enjoyed, and even though the motor homes they had were old and small, they look nicer than the average one today! We eventually even saw the car that Kennedy was assassinated in. After walking around and seeing all of the cool things the car section had to offer we went into the theater and sat down to watch a couple of looping 7-13 minute productions. The first one was about how cars became popular and how that effected hotels and things like that. The next one was The Need For Speed, and it walked about people that set records for speed and how they developed jet engines to fit into cars and how it helped them win. After a couple of other short films about technology we calmly exited the theater and walked around to see what else we could find. One are talked about planes, and I was very interested in it. I was somewhat sad that we were not able to stay long enough, but it is what it is. Some of the exhibits talked about the earliest planes to the more modern ones today including the Write Brothers plane, trick planes, water-landing planes, and arctic planes, to name a few. When the others wanted to leave the exhibit I went with them too. We decided to split up half and half and we walked around to see some other stuff that the others might not find as interesting. What we did find was more than we expected. We found one of the oldest McDonalds diners that ever built and it was INSIDE of the Museum! We we looked inside and saw the prices- only 30 cents for almost everything! One of the people running the register (dressed as a REAL chef of that time) chuckled a bit and he said “Sorry, those aren’t the actual prices.” We laughed a little too and then met up with the other half of our group.

When we found them they were in an area all about electricity. I didn’t have a lot of interest in that section but I went along with what they were doing. We soon left and tried to find something to eat. I mentioned the McDonalds that we had JUST went to but nobody remembered it… How do you forget something like that THIS soon? I led them to the McDonalds that we had just went to and they still claimed that they hadn’t seen it until they walked inside. We actually sat down to look at the menu this time and we saw that the prices were not great for what they had to offer. It was cool, and the place was original, but being original also means they didn’t have a lot of options. We got up and decided to find somewhere else to eat. We had heard that they outdoor exhibit was very well done so we decided to eat out there. We walked to where we first came in and got our hands stamped before we walked out of the museum and through the gates. There were a lot of houses scattered everywhere and a diner to our left. In front of us was a large playground where a lot of kids were running around and climbing on things. We went to the diner and they had more reasonable prices and they also had exactly what we wanted. We took some fries and burgers and sat down to eat them. While we were eating we got the chance to look around and see what we would do next. We saw horse drawn carriages everywhere! We wondered where we could be able to ride one, so once we were done we looked around. We also saw some old vehicles that were a little more advanced than horse drawn carriages but were still not really cars.

We finally found the place but sadly the line was extremely long and it was $8 per person in order to ride. We decided to move on and look at one of the strange olden-day buildings that were scattered around the park. The first place we went had a nice little window in front and a casual door standing to its right. We walked inside and one man told us that this was where the Wright Brothers created their first airplane. How could that be? We talked to a tour guide and apparently our old friend Henry Ford had a very large collection. Of houses. We thought that was insane. We had just walked into the ACTUAL building where the first plane was created! The carpet and wood was the exact same as it was when they were building the plane long ago. The guide told us how they figured everything out and that 90% of the original plan of the right brothers house was still being used today in modern planes. We next wandered over to the next house which didn’t look anything like the one before. It was large and it had a huge gear on the right side of the room that turned every one of the devices. Large cords hung from the top of each of the rotating poles hooked up to the gear which powered the machines that were used by Thomas Edison himself. We next went to Noah Websters home, the creator of the Websters Dictionary. He had a huge retirement home and he apparently spoke 20 languages. He was an extremely successful writer and he rewrote some sections of the bible to try and make it easier to read. Nobody wanted it even though he thought he would become famous for it. The creation he lest thought to be successful was the one that was actually the MOST successful of all- the Websters Dictionary. He created more than 15,000 new words to separate the real English language from the new “American Language”. He thought that if america actually wanted to go somewhere he would have to make new additions to characterize america as, well, america. The only bad part was that it cost a terrible $20 in order to produce- instead of making money he actually lost a lot of it. After he died he was still wealthy but the world didn’t quite know his name. Two brothers thought they could recreate it because he did not have a copyright for his book so they made the same book which was highly successful for only $6 instead. They renamed that book the Merriam-Webster dictionary (Merriam was the last name of the two brothers that recreated it, but Webster was added generously so he could have the credit- they didn’t have to do that). After that we saw the famous Robert Frost’s home where we learned that all of the houses were taken brick by brick with Ford’s money and replanted into his museum. We couldn’t go very far into it for whatever reason but some of his poems were displayed inside including his most famous one, The Road Not Taken.

We next visited Heinz’s home where we saw all all of the ketchup and mustard that he had ever made. After leaving the Heinz home we saw a person on a very old bike. He was doing a demonstration so we stopped to watch. He gave us some history on it and he showed us how he got onto the bike. He used a little metal part sticking out of the bike to hop onto and jump to his seat. How funny it was to watch him do it! He pedaled off and we waited but we started to chuckle when we realized he might not be coming back. He went to the end of the road and as we were walking away he took the entire intersection to turn around. It was hilarious to watch him do it! He came back and said goodbye and took of the other way again, finding somewhere else to do a demonstration! We looked at some more houses including Thomas Jefferson’s house and Henry Fords home itself. We were done looking at all the houses so we walked back into the museum before it closed and saw the most exciting stuff (kind of) of all. We walked in and went to the Black History section where the one and only bus that the famous Rosa Parks protested and was arrested. The renovation of it took a whopping 300,000 dollars, not including the amount of money that it took to buy the historical work itself. We walked inside and learned about it a little bit and one Japanese woman asked us to take a picture. The guide for that station to us that she was actually sitting in THE spot that Rosa sat in when she was pressed with her unfair charges! The very last thing we saw was the chair that Abe Lincoln was assassinated in. It was sad to see the blood that was stained into that old seat that he was sitting. After that we left to go home. They started closing when we walked into the gift shop. We couldn’t find anything that we liked so we left amazed at what Henry Ford had let us experience. Like I said, we weren’t going to downtown Detroit, so I guess that was the end of our trip there. If you have stayed with me this entire time thank you so much for reading, it took me an entire hour to type this adventure! Thanks!

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#Ford Museum     #History     #Museum

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Mackinac Island

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Mackinac Island was for sure one of the highlights of my current 6 month adventure. After getting up early I opened my closet and got some fresh clothes to start the morning. Once I was up I met up with my family, all of whom were already up and sitting in the living room of our camper. I was very excited to go to Mackinac Island but I didn’t fully know what it was like there- no cars at all. I walked over to the cupboard and pulled out cereal and milk from the fridge and in only a half hour later everyone was ready to go. We walked outside and put in the password for the bike lock and pulled it from the bikes. We rode our bikes a short ways through the insanely large campground to the entrance. where we parked our bikes on the dirt. Only two of our bikes had kickstands so we leaned the others against a tree or a large rock. It took a while until the first bus got there bus got to our station but it was full and only two people could get on. Another 15 or 20 minutes went by before the next one came, and it was empty. We were the closest ones to the bus so we pushed our bikes towards the back trailer where the driver stood to put them onto the platform.

We were the first to get on the bus. When everyone got there bikes onto the platform and got seated (or stood wherever there was room) then the bus took off on its leisurely stroll of only about 30 MPH until it got to its seashore destination 20 or so miles away. We were the first seated so we were the last to get out, same with our bikes. My bike (the shiny gray one) was the very last one to be taken from its open compartment. After that we walked our bikes to the line that held somewhere close to 500 PEOPLE! luckily each of the giant boats held 200 or so people each. When the line finally narrowed down we put our bikes in and walked up 3 flights of stairs to get to the top. There were only 4 seats left, and exactly four seats left, and they were all next to each other so we all got lucky. On the 30 minute ride through not only Lake Michigan but also Lake Huron to get there. The water was constantly changing colors from greenish to bluish. When we finally got there we saw through the Hawaii-clear water that there used to be a dock were we were standing- Planks and poles made of wood were lying on the bottom! It was cool watching them slightly sway with the sand on the floor of the somewhat deep water that our boat was on until it was our turn to get off. We walked down the stairs with the crowd of people, all 3 stories, and then met up by the bikes on the gently-swaying dock we stood on. Once we had our bikes we explored. Not a single car. It was amazing and it was VERY hard to explain which why I chose the thumbnail (picture) that I did for today’s post. The basic version? It was amazing everywhere. All of the mail was picked up by horses and shipped off by boat. The island was modern day and it wasn’t a recreation, but it was the EXACT same as it would have been some time in the very early 1900’s.

The first thing we did was obviously bike around. We looked at the town, passed all the million dollar homes that were on the right (each one with their own beach) and to the 2-mile long bike path that went past all of the clear water that let the rocks be seen fully. After a while of biking past the trees and piles of stacked rock creations we finally hit a large stairway that we would need to climb up to in order to see some sort of island landmark. One of the signs pointed up and read GRAND ARCHWAY.

On the way up the very steep stairs my shoes started to start slipping; my shoe laces no longer stayed together. After all this I would NEED some new shoes. At the time it wasn’t really that bad, however it was annoying. Every couple of seconds my shoes bugged me so much I took them off and retied them. When we were finally at the top we saw some horses going down another road and the bridge over the arch on the left.

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#Mackinac Island     #Island     #Horses     #Biking

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Art in Michigan

 

Starting fairly early in the morning I was woken up at around 8:00 to get my day ready. After only 20 minutes I stayed in the clothes I had slept in (I was exhausted last night after a long day of driving so I didn’t make any effort to change) and got into the car. After a while of watching trees go by and staring out the window we finally got to a booth that said Michigan County Beach. We paid and went through. When we got to the first beach we weren’t so happy with it so we moved on and went to the next one. When we got there we were very happy with the quality of the beach so we settled down and go the stuff out of the car. We walked around and opened the back trunk of the car and got the stuff out. we shut all three doors that made up the compartment (one on the top, one on the left and one on the right) and took what we had to the beach including 2 HEAVY DUTY shovels and a couple of towels. Once we got there we walked through the entrance to the beach (even though we could have easily walked around it) and were very surprised how organised everything was. At most beaches there is normally so much trash on the ground but it looked here as if they cleaned the entire place every hour! IT was so clean that they even had a Museum upstairs that had carpet floor without any sand in it at all. We didn’t stop to look around, we just walked from the smoother concrete into the soft squishy sand and laid our towels out. What does ANY of this have to do with art? Not yet, that comes LATER.

After a little while of sitting down and relaxing we got an idea of what we wanted to do next. Every time my little brother and I are at the beach he wants to build a huge sandcastle with walls and a large moat. That’s what we tried to do this time but for the first time the waves were too strong! We immediately realized what had gone wrong after the kings tower was crumbled into the moat and into the clear water in front of it. We had built the castle first. Not only that, but the water was creeping up and we knew that we had built it too close to the water. We tried to build the moat IN the water instead of behind it! We ditched the castle and tried to take what we could of the sand and then built another. Well, my little brother did at least. I walked over to the left while he walked over to the right and tried to build in the same spot; with only half of the crew. I went to the left, cleared a foundation, and build the structure. I started with the the spiral Staircases which only curved one rotation. I next build the first and second stories and then connected them with the balcony that laid above the small door below. Because all of the castles that my little brother builds with either wet or dry sand the lumps that eventually get destroyed do not take as much time to construct. I was almost done so I stopped and jumped into the Ocean- Nope, just a really big lake- and swam out to explore. While I WAS actually swimming, I didn’t really actually get my head wet. I didn’t stay in for long, and I only really grabbed a fossil and some small shells that were close to a cubic inch of capacity. I waded out of the water and I saw my brother digging strait down into the sand. What now? I walked over to him and he threw a shovel to me to start digging. The walls of the 3 foot hole were wider than it was deep because they kept falling into his legs and he would stop what he was doing to throw it out of the pit. I got in to help him and ended up getting very muddy while doing it. After 20 minutes he had dug a few more inches down and then water soaked through the floor and up into the hole he had just created while the walls caved in on themselves. my job was to use a paper cup to get it out. That didn’t last very long. I got out about another 30 minutes later and impaled the ground with the shovel, leaving the tip inside and the shovel standing at a 105 degree angle on the right. I dried off and walked over to a hill of sand and got almost to the top when I tripped and fell down to the bottom. My little brother was following me and he was what I did and decided to try it out. He thought it looked like fun. He got to the top and went limp, letting his arms and legs flail as he went down. After a while of that we packed up our stuff and went home. Once we were there we got out of the car and walked inside to the camper. After a while of relaxing we walked outside and went down to the beach that was conveniently located near the beach (though it was not accessible and only had weeds) but had a very nice view and fire-pits with some wood in order to lite it. The fire started small ad we threw the (American) football around to pass the time until it was big. Once we did we opened a pack of popcorn and did exactly what the directions said not to do- cook over an open fire which was ridiculous considering that the package actually had a fire-pit on the front and was BUILT for camping. Anyway, once we were done we walked back to the campground and went to sleep and THAT was exactly how the night slowly ended.

 

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#Art   # Beach   #Campfires #Michigan

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Notre Dame

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Our journey through Chicago was over; it was time to pack up and leave. We carefully set up the camper, out the slides in, and drove away. We were not going to miss the campground, but we were going to miss Chicago. Our goal for the day was a driving day, but when we got a call from some friends that lived in Indiana that we were close by, we had to visit them. I did not recognize them because it had been at least a decade since we had seen them last, but our parents did. After hours of mountains and small lakes going by and through different fields with hundreds of colors we were finally there. How would we get our 40-foot home through the narrow streets or Notre dame?

When driving through neighborhoods we realized we weren’t in the best area because of how many cop cars PATROLLED, not just drove, across the streets. In one of them we met 2 cop cars on the same little road! We pulled up and called our friends. We were near the college of Notre Dame, home of the Fighting Irish. When we saw a black truck we realized it must be them. We parked our home, they parked there car, and we got out and slowly walked towards each other family as if we were in some sort of a movie. The “kids” (meaning the 4 of us) awkwardly waited, not knowing each other. Last time we had seen each other (which I once again don’t remember) none of the kids were born. I was the oldest of all of them by far, having the youngest being the only girl at 8, her brother, Will at 10, and my little brother at 11. I sort of hung around the adults for most of the time but I got to meet Will and Natilee as well.

We got a chance to look around the college, starting with the most famous part “Touchdown Jesus”. It was and old mosaic but it was kept in such great shape (even being hundreds of square feet) that you would think it was made a few weeks ago. Touchdown Jesus was at the far edge of the courtyard where students could roam whey they pleased. After that we played a short game of football (american) with the ball that we brought. After our team won we went inside for a bit (probably seeing far less that 1% of the college) by walking upstairs to the library. I don’t quite know why we visited the library exactly because it was just a regular library, but it did give us a chance to see the area briefly AROUND the library. It was a VERY expensive looking school (from what I saw) and had huge glass windows everywhere to look over the massive courtyards. I was kind of jealous!

Being a very Catholic-based school, the two main attractions of the campus were Touchdown Jesus, and the on-campus church. That’s what we decided to do next. We stayed for a little bit marveling at the architecture and then left. We decided to go back to the camper and then maybe go out for some dinner with them. When we finally got back to the camper we set it up and invited our friends inside. We went to get some chairs so we could sit outside before it started to storm, we saw the clock. We were 5 hours away from our destination and it was already 7:00! We told them we really needed to go, sadly said goodbye, and left. After a long time of driving through mountains, on cliff sides, and over rivers, we finally got there at midnight. We hurriedly checked in and then parked our camper. We loaded it up, not very rushed anymore, and went to sleep.

 

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#Fighting Irish    #Friends    #NotreDame

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Chicago Pizza

After our first day REALLY being in downtown Chicago, we were excited for the next. It didn’t start until noon. We drove down again on the same hour-long drive, except this time it didn’t feel like an hour. We rented a RedBox movie starring The Rock so we new it was going to be good. We watched it all the way until we got there and got stuck in a MASSIVE traffic jam. It was the day that we were supposed to go to the Chicago Cubs vs Cardinals game! We really wanted to get in but sadly, even though it was already the 5th inning, the tickets remained the same price! We had homes to get at LEAST half off! With only half of the day left to spend in Chicago, we quickly decided that sadly we were going to have to miss the game and go on to what was next…

Going back to this morning- for some reason my brother really wanted to go to the beach. He said he really wanted to build a sand castle. Can anyone here guess what we did? Go to the beach- yes. Build Sand Castles- no. When we got there we got out all of our stuff and got ready to go. We could see that the beach was going to be nice! There was a huge drop where the sand was so we couldn’t see if it were flat sand or had rocks in it. We payed our outrageous parking fee and got all of our stuff out of the car. We were all excited but Aidan was REALLY into it. And then it started to drizzle. And the rain. We looked up and saw that it would be a huge storm, so we packed up all of our stuff and sat in the car to try and wait it out. It was POURING rain! It only took about five minutes to leave, but those minutes were strong.

Once it was over, we got out and examined the area to see if we could still go. No clouds and the ground wasn’t flooding, so we were good to go. We didn’t get anything out of the car and just left in case it started again so suddenly. We jogged off to the beach and got ready to jump into the sand, but…. there was no sand. What? The entire “beach” was made of hard cement! It was O.K. though, we didn’t really care. Well, Aidan was a little bit bummed he didn’t get to make his sand castle… but for the most part we were fine walking across the “beach” just the same. After a while of walking, we were in for a surprise (20 minutes later) that we could see sand! That’s when we walked over in another few minutes, looked at the view, and I was able to pose for my blog-thumbnail picture (maybe a little bit younger than some of you may have possibly expected?)

After we spent a few minutes at the beach we had to go back because we would need to pay an additional $30 to stay for another hour. We made it just in time, left, and went to the famous pizza place. We took a walk that I will forever remember through Chicago. It was completely amazing, being on the brink of dawn but having the sun still holding on to the horizon. We entered the pizza place and placed a hold to order. We sat outside for somewhere close to an hour, just relaxing and looking down the alleys as glamorous buildings tried to scrape the sky. We were finally called in by our friendly server to come and eat. The style to the old building was very odd, it was decorated by…. people. Not really people, but their drawings. You were allowed to draw ANYWHERE! We sat down for our pizza and waited as we watched the TVs and talked. It got too noisy after a huge group came so we walked up he once again marker decorated stairs to the upper story of the building. We ordered our pizza and after only 30 minutes or so he came with our order; we got thick crust yesterday so today was the day to try thin. My little brother Aidan wasn’t so happy about that, but he was calm again in a few minutes. We stayed there and once we were done I grabbed a marker and drew on the ceiling. How did I get up there? By standing on the railing and reaching up, of course! Nobody had wrote there because it was too high up, so I was the first one to promote my blog by simply writing CROSSCOUNTRYLIFEBLOG.COM- MY ADVENTURE, and signed it; -LOGAN. After that we took our last looks around on some of the black and white and sometimes blue artwork everywhere before the long ride back.

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