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Two More Days In Chi-Town!

The “EL” train system in Chicago, while very elaborate (although not NY elaborate) is very SLOW! My guess is that since most of it is above ground, for noise reasons the trains simply don't reach high speeds. It took us almost an hour to make the twenty mile trip into the city on the “EL”. A similar trip in Montreal took about twenty minutes on the metro, while a 30 mile trip in Washington DC took about twenty-five minutes. I have to give the “EL” a big BOO for not being very fast. On the other hand, the traffic is so bad, that making the same trip in a car probably would take two hours.

From Motown To The Windy City!

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me!” Oh, did I give it away? Yes, Thursday afternoon would bring us into Motown, where we would sing our little hearts out. To be honest, we weren't really sure why we were going to visit Detroit, but thought it a worthwhile stop on our drive to Chicago. We knew of both Detroit's rich musical history and of it's long demise as a major U.S. City, so we weren't sure what we would find there. First of all, before we could get to Detroit, we had to get the heck out of Ohio!

Going For A “Perfect Day” At Cedar Point!

Here I was, standing alone in line, just minutes from completing an achievement I had thought about quite a lot. In fact, I was going to finish two hours early, so we would have time to do other “fun” things. All of a sudden, the clouds rolled in and my “Perfect Day” was in jeopardy. You see, no where else on Earth can someone ride 17 roller coasters in one park, on one day. Cedar Point is the only park in the world with 17 coasters and I was determined to ride them all.

Two More Days Of Nature’s Best!

There I was, at a spot I had longed dreamed about. As the roar of the powerful falls rang so loud in my ears, I looked down at my little boy and asked, “Do you like Niagara Falls?” Much to my surprise, he said very nonchalantly, “No”. After a little investigating, I found out the he liked them, but he was much more impressed with the vast array of unfortunate man made tourist traps surrounding the falls. In particular, he was obsessed with an observation tower, wanting to take pictures of it the whole time.

Bienvenue Vers Le Québec Canada

The three of us woke up Friday with a lack of enthusiasm. You see, it was that most dreaded time of the week. You guessed it, LAUNDRY DAY! It is not that we don't like to have clean clothes, (Shawn Reece being a typical little boy would probably bathe in dirt if he could) but it always seems that laundry day falls when we have so much to see. I will stop complaining about this since, to tell the truth, we woke up this morning with quite a bit of enthusiasm.

A Day That We Will Long Remember!

Today was my favorite kind of day. We were able to do a few things, we saw so much beauty and it wasn't rushed or stressful like it would've been in a big city. In fact, I loved this day so much, that I am including twice the normal amount of pictures. The day started in Merrimack, New Hampshire, just outside the city of Manchester. From our hotel, we drove about thirty miles to the coastal town of Portsmouth, NH. Portsmouth lies on New Hampshire's tiny bit of Atlantic coastline, right across from Maine's border.

Two More Days In The Bay State!

We loved the Doubletree Hotel in Lowell, MA so much, that we decided to stay there for another night. Most of this much needed extra day of rest was spent in and around the hotel. The hotel's location played a great part in our decision to stick around. The Doubletree sits on the banks of a canal in Downtown Lowell, within a short walking distance to quite a few old interesting places. Tuesday morning, we slept in late, lounged around the hotel and watched a little TV before heading out in the afternoon to get lunch and go to the library.

Baseball’s Most Hallowed Ground!

We woke up Monday morning ready to see the infamous Fenway Park. Originally, the plan called for us to see a game in Fenway, but since the Giants and Barry Bonds were in town this weekend, the tickets were way too expensive. Fortunately for us, Fenway Paawk provides tours on non game days. To be honest, there is no way I would've missed seeing this place!

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