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Rach & Pete’s Travel Diary

Monday, 03 Sep 2007

Location: Chicago, Cleveland

MapHello to all,
We are in Niagara Falls tonight getting ready to head out to New Jersey tomorrow. As we start to wind down our trip we are excited for what is still to come, sad that this too will come to an end, and reflective about all of the amazing experiences we have had along the way. We are thinking we should be home around the second week of October, but who knows what may come our way in the next several weeks.

So, we left off on our way to Chicago. We got there on a Sunday and met up with our friends Jess and Chris. Pete had been dreaming of going to the track for a few days prior, so when we spoke with Jess and she asked if we would like to go to Arlington Park for the day, Pete was estatic! We had an awesome day, great weather, and were treated to both a gourmet lunch and dinner by our hosts! Seriously some of the best eggplant parm I have ever tasted. Oh, I almost forgot....Pete won every single race except for the first one, so the Karma Gods were on our side that day. Only bad thing is he was trying to be conservative with his bets so didn't win as much as we could have if he were not on a budget, but no complaints from me (one of the few times he came out a winner)! Thanks Chris and Jess for an awesome time...hope to see you soon.
We then headed to Huntley to see and stay with some other great friends Chris and Liz, and the kids. We hung out around the house with them and had a blast laughing and playing with the kiddies (see some cute photo's on the photo page)! We headed to the city one day and got to check out Millenium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago. We were able to see the famous painting American Gothic, as well as many others I would have not known until I saw them and the names! We had some awesome Chicago Pizza as well as a great Italian dinner, we opted not to go to Charlie Trotters (one of the restaurants in my book) because of the $600 dinner for two price tag, but could not complain after all of the great food we had. Thanks Chris and Liz for your hospitality, and we hope to see you and the kids soon too.

Next we were off to Cleveland for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! We were not impressed with the city overall, but the Hall of Fame was a really nice surprise. We spent many hours there going through displays and watching movies! I learned that most male rock stars are quite small. The costumes for Bono, Mick Jagger and David Bowie would not fit on one half of me. Surprisingly enough Michael Jackson's costumes look like a normal size (the only thing normal about him)! There was a special Doors exhibit which was also a nice surprise. We took a quick walk around the lake, and then took the train back to our hotel.