Day 1 found us leaving Detroit at 6:30 am, meeting Eric in Milford, and then off towards the Indiana border with a few geocaching detours along the way. After a brief yet violent storm in Indiana, we found ourselves in Chicago around noon.
Besides being absolutely beautiful, Chicago is home to some of the most highly-favorited geocaches by type: Virtuals (the Bean = 842 FP and Stoned Faced = 550 FP), Traditional (Beverly = 872 FP), and Letterbox (Vampire Empire = 168 FP). By the end of the trip the 59 caches we logged were worth (at the time) over 3,785 favorite points!
The first stop was Passing the Buck GC73FD in Grant Park. This is the first time I've stepped foot in Chicago in almost 8 years - over 33 years for TaGeez, and this was our first Chicago geocache. Lovely.
|Looking up from the underside|
|Can't sneak up on me!|
|Heading back to the car|
The Chicago Pedway is a network of tunnels, ground-level concourses and bridges connecting skyscrapers, retail stores, hotels and train stations throughout 40 blocks of the central business district of Chicago, Illinois.
|Page 1 of the map|
|Heading into the underworld|
|Notice the clock?|
|As we descended the subway, we spotted a copy of a|
Normal Rockwell painting with the same clock!
|Hmm... look familiar? Check the map above!|
|I was not expecting a subterranean stained-glass art exhibit|
|After wandering the halls illuminated by artificial lighting for an hour,|
this was a very nice change of pace!
|Seen nearby - I'm not giving anything else away.|
No trip to Chicago is complete without visiting the Chicago Tribune building. According to Fragments of History: "Nearly 150 fragments from famous structures and historic sites around the world are embedded in Tribune Tower's first story walls." The tradition began during WWI when an editor brought back a bombed-out portion of a medieval cathedral from Ypres, France. After walking around the outside, admiring the pieces of famous structures, mosey inside for a view of the phenomenal lobby with it's giant relief map of the U.S. made of shredded money and the engraved literary quotes on the walls.
|TaGeez and the Great Pyramid of Giza|
|More architectural artifacts|
|The Chicago Water Tower in sharp contrast to the|
nearby Hancock Tower.
|The Water Tower is not only one of the only survivors of the Chicago Fire,|
but it was the first structure voted as an American Water Landmark.
Visions of Salt Creek GCGVRN
|Hot standing in the sun, not knowing|
when the picture will be taken.
|AstroEricJ in the tall grass|
|3 of over a dozen we saw|