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Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Trip to Chicago to Watch My Favorite Rugby Team Part 1

What can I say?  Alaska airlines let me buy a round trip ticket for $11.20!  I had to go.  SO!  I went to Chicago (RUGBY!!!) for 4 days, then flew to Minnesota to visit my son, his wife and 3 of my grandkids.  FUN!!!

Ready to see some pictures of Chicago now???  Rugby in part 2. 

I flew into Chicago, then took the L train into the
Chicago Loop where my hotel was.

My son flew into Chicago so he could see his first rugby
match.  I went to watch the Cubs while I waited for him.
The Cubs spanked Arizona!  The starting pitcher for
Chicago was from Puyallup, WA.  About an hour drive
from my house.  I thought that was funny.  Not only that,
but, Chris Bosio is now their pitching coach.  I was at the
Mariners game with 7 little leaguers and my daughter when
Bosio threw his first no hitter.  I mainly remember spending
my whole paycheck on food for the kids!!!  LOL! 

I thought Seattle was big.  HA!!! 
And the landmarks ... hahaha!!! 
Seattle is SOOOOO SMALL.  LOL!

Everywhere I looked there were OLD buildings.  YUM!
I walked for miles and miles.  I found my way around
town by tall buildings like this.  I get lost easily. You
see I forget to watch where I'm going.  I'm too busy
looking at everything around me.  It's more fun that way!

I'm pretty sure he was telling me where I wanted
to go.  I just couldn't hear him very well.

These big fluffy clouds kept coming in.
  They were so low.  It lets you see the castle tops!!!

My son and I walked a couple miles after we ate at
Gino's East.  OH!  The pizza!!!  We swung by The Bean.
  Click on the picture and you might be able to see the
stars in the reflection.  I DID!

I LOVE those clouds!!!

We listened to some wonderful jazz in a park.

Oh the architecture!!!  I needed a week just to walk
around and capture all the "goodies" on film.
And that's just on the Loop.

I can not believe how many GIANT parks where there.  
Every where I walked, there was a new park! 

The sound.  Oh my!  Music to my ears.  Sounded like
being up in the mountains at dads house.

I decided this guy was probably one of my ancestors.

OH MY!  Where was my welder when I needed it. 
I NEED to make something on this scale.  This is
what my brain is going to work on this fall/winter.
A large steel, brass and copper sculpture. 

Before the rugby match Brett and I walked to the
Navy Pier.  It was 2 1/2 miles from our hotel.  Afterwards
we walked all over town.  By the time we were done
looking ,,,, we took the L back to the hotel so this old
lady could rest and shower before the game. 
What can I say?  60 is only a couple months away.

I LOVE CAROUSELS!!!  We had a few old carousel
horses in our house when I was young.

OH!  She told me she wanted to come home with me.
  I couldn't figure out how to get her in my suitcase.
  Isn't she gorgeous?

This beauty was passing through at a pretty good clip.

BY THE WAY!  This was the very first place I visited when
I first went looking around.  YEP!  I bought a Serge Savard t-shirt.  He was probably my first sports hero!!!  I think
I was 10 to 12 years old when he first came into the
league.  I used to watch every single hockey match on TV
that I could.  My parents never figured out why I
liked this sport so much.  I still love it!!!  (I  just
bought tickets to the Canucks Capitals game in October!)
  Should I tell you who my 2nd sports hero was??? 
Vida Blue.  He ran to the mound and back to the dugout
when he pitched.  That's who I fashioned myself after 
when I pitched fast pitch softball.  He was awesome!!!

OKAY!  Enough for today.  I'll get the rugby pictures posted in the next day or two!!!  It was such a GREAT GAME!!!

THANKS for stopping by!  Shell


  1. I've been to Chicago, several times but it was years and years ago. Back then we would fly in, play in a tournament and fly out. No sight seeing. Awesome place. Wish now, I had spent more time looking around.

  2. I've been to Chicago, several times but it was years and years ago. Back then we would fly in, play in a tournament and fly out. No sight seeing. Awesome place. Wish now, I had spent more time looking around.

    1. I want to go back just to check out the architecture. The people weren't the friendliest I've ever met ,,, but! Here in Seattle,,, well, you look at someone and they say HI. I found the people I met just looked the other way. SAD! On the L back to the hotel from the Cubs game, 2 young boys got on and started screwing around and harassed one young lady. Every single person on that train looked straight down to the ground. I couldn't believe it. By the time I took in the whole situation they were getting off the train. It mad me sad to see that happen. They are lucky I didn't know them. They wouldn't sit down for a week!!!