This road trip has been a lot of fun. I'm so glad we decided to drive instead of fly.
Scott's two sisters flew to the Chicago area for the family reunion, while we drove to see all the sights and to have the ability to do so. Monday, we drove from Oswego to Chicago to go to the Field Museum and to the Cubs-Pirates game. In between, we walked around Soldier Field (because it wasn't open), which is next to the museum, went to United Center where the Bulls and Blackhawks play and tracked down the Nike store. We saw the hockey statue out front of United Center and took a few snapshots of Michael Jordan's statue on the other side of the building (very cool). From there, we drove down Michigan Avenue to find the Nike Store. Once located, Kyle and I got out, bought a few 2X shirts for the ever-growing kid and got back in the car, which Scott had driven around the block a few times because there is ZERO parking in that area of town for those who just want to stop into a store for a few minutes. While at the Nike store, former Seattle Sonic and current Oklahoma Thunder Kevin Durant was there promoting his new shoe. I saw the top of his head, but there were a zillion people there. Oh well.
At the Field Museum, we saw the Mammoths and Mastodon exhibit (which was well worth the extra cost), Sue the T-Rex, the Egyptian exhibit and many other things.
After the Nike store, we picked up our tickets for the Cubs game, parked the car — we paid $15 to park 4 blocks away, while next to the stadium is $50. Wrigley Field is an amazing place. We walked around before the game, taking in the ambiance. They had really good food, the boys had peanuts and of course, I had to have a scorecard. Moses Lake product Ryan Doumit was catching for the Pirates and scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth, coming home from third on a hit by — I forget at the moment. Pirates won 2-1. It was an unbelievable night. To top it off, Evan Turner, a Chicago native and the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft by the 76ers, threw out the opening pitch and led the crowd in Take me out to the Ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch.
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The reunion was fun. I finally got to meet Scott's family after 21 years of marriage. Most are very down-to-earth people, but there are a couple I could kick to the curb after knowing them for three days. His aunt Joyce is almost 81 years old and is a kick in the pants. She opened up her home and yard for the family (most of which live nearby), as did her daughter Sue, who lives next door.
What we did learn about Illinois — and not just Chicago — is that no one uses their turn signals, speed limits are just a suggestion and taxi drivers will cut you off, pull out in front of you and miss the front of your car by a half inch and not give you a second thought.
We left Oswego on Tuesday and are in Mankato, Minn., tonight. This place is full of history, just Google it and find out. Tomorrow, we are following the Little House on the Prairie trail through Sleepy Eye and Walnut Grove on the way to Bismarck, N.D.