Friday night, Stone Groove and I went to the Orioles - Nats game in Baltimore. Later that night, Amy's flight came in from Boston. Saturday morning, we started our long drive to Chicago. They did their best to keep me entertained.
We finally made it to Ft. Wayne Indiana where my dad almost got into a fight at a minor league game. If you are curious about that, check my baseball blog in the next couple of days. I'm just now starting to delve into the trip on that site.
Sunday afternoon, we arrived in East Chicago, IN to stay with our gracious hosts Kristin, Tom, Marta, and Eli. As previously stated, Indiana isn't my favorite part of the world but East Chicago isn't so bad. It is a pretty fascinating industrial town with plenty of pollution and amazing picture opportunities that I unfortunately was not able to partake in.
Sunday night, the seven of us went to Comiskey Park for one of the most interesting games I've ever seen.
Eli at his first game and Tom
Marta, also at her first game.
Stone Groove rested
Tom and Kristin's house never ceases to amaze me. This is the third time I've been there. In 2001, they had just moved in and there was much work to be done. By 2004, the place was looking a whole lot better. Now, it is beyond belief how great they've made it. I look forward to seeing it the next time.
The third floor. And yes, that is Stone Groove's head barely visible on the couch.
Stone Groove plays "California" yet once again. Marta isn't sure how to react but she does know that she likes Adam Brody.
The oasis amongst the grime in E. Chicago
I'd be afraid of me too.
We ended up heading to Chicago proper.
The Cultural Center
While Stone Groove unsuccessfully tried to nap there, the rest of us headed to Millennium Park
Eli's homemade shirt is great - "No, George, No" which Kristin and Tom made for Marta in '04.
I became fascinated with this reflecting sculpture.
Gehry really is taking over the world, ain't he?
There was an orchestra rehearsing so we stopped by for a few minutes.
Back to the reflecting nonsense.
The view from inside when looking up.
Wrigley Field, Game Two
After the game, we began our journey to Detroit for an afternoon game the next day. We drove for awhile before pulling off in South Bend. How was I to know that they were on a trimester schedule and that the trimester had just ended and there were no hotel rooms available anywhere near South Bend. It was the middle of the night before we ended up stopping.
Wednesday night, we stayed somewhere in Ohio. We were exhaused from the night before so we stopped early - around 7. Plus Pedro and the Mets were on ESPN2. Of course, our hotel room didn't have ESPN2 so to prevent a meltdown, it was suggested that we go to the nearby Applebee's to watch it. All that effort to watch Pedro get spanked.
But at least we saw a rainbow!
On Thursday, the Groove and Amy dropped me off at the ballpark in Pittsburgh which commenced the next part part of my journey.
Amy's pictures from the trip.
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