I had to meet up with my niece, Joy and her brood (who blitzed Chicago from Canada) at Seafood City on Elston in the far northwestside of Chicago last Sunday. I Ubered going there from my place in Edgewater on the northside of Chicago, which turned out to be expensive because Sunday morning was considered a busy period time for the ride sharing service. Not wanting to be stiffed by Uber again, going back home, I asked Jena, another cousin who also met up with our niece, to drop me off the Blue Line station near their home and that necessitated me to go through downtown to catch either the Red Line or the 147 Bus back to Edgewater.
And so, instead of going directly home, I dilly dallied around downtown ending up having an impromptu 4-mile walk. Which was fine because I haven’t been keeping up with my 14-mile walk a week for a few weeks now.
So from Washington and State, I went to Millennium Park, went around there, then to Lakeshore Drive and Monroe, then walked along the lakeshore to the Shedd Aquarium and then to Adler Planetarium. It’s my usual route but this time, it was a little bit harder of a walk because of the cold and occasional snow and the part where the lakeshore curved along the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium was not passable. That part was iced out and beautiful. So I stayed there for a little while, taking photos of the ice-covered vegetation.
By the time I reached Adler, my fingers were numb, so I went home, taking the 146 bus which stopped right there at the Adler.
Beautiful balmy December weather last Saturday, December 16. The walk (with walk buddy Mark Marshall) started innocuously from Michigan and 9th St. to the museum campus. It was in fact, a blah walk and we almost didn’t continue because the breakwater at the Field Museum was covered with thin ice and was slippery. But we trudged along, reaching the Adler and took the requisite skyline shots. Then we just sort of meandered around, to the back of the Adler, then to the 18th St. Beach where things got interesting, photographically. There was first, a lone ice formation on a structure on the beach … then toward the Northerly Island end of the beach, some more ice-covered vegetation on a short stretch of the lakeshore. It was strange, in this short stretch of the steep(er) shore, the plants and rocks were covered with ice, but that’s it, the rest of the area wasn’t.
Then we saw some commotion toward the middle of Northerly Island just west of the Daphne Garden – we went to investigate. There was a Husky Dog Sled demonstration! And they let the audience pet the dogs (don’t just have your face at the level of the dogs’ faces). This is what I like doing walks around Chicago. You just don’t know what to expect.
We ended the walk at Northerly with shots of the Daphne Garden and then the skyline from the empty marina.
I had my money shot:
So I was satisfied.
Walking back to 9th Street where Mark parked his truck, more money shots:
A buddy and I scheduled to photograph the sun setting over the lake from Indiana, but it was a little bit cloudy and chilly, so we decided to do indoor photography instead at the Chicago Cultural Center. That didn’t last long though. Both Preston Bradley Hall and Grand Army of the Republic Hall were occupied, so we decided to walk outside, in the cold. It wasn’t that bad.
We checked out Millennium Park, the Maggie Daley Park, the lakefront at the Adler Planetarium and finally, the lakefront at Montrose.
We did remarkably well. And one of my photos got explored on Flickr with over 150 faves! That seldom happens to me now.
Panoramic view of the Chicago skyline during the 2016 World Series honoring the Cubs. Taken on the second night of a two-night walk (Friday and Saturday, Oct 28 and 28) at the same time the Cubs were playing (and losing) at Wrigley Field.