This trip is right up there on my list of Most Impulsive Things I've Ever Done.
My sister and I had planned to go to Denver for a fun, sister vacation. We'd had the trip planned for months. But it turns out that March is not a great month to visit Denver, on account of the unpredictable weather. And sure enough, on the day we were set to fly out, the Denver International Airport got over 5 feet of snow and the entire area looked like something out of Game of Thrones.
Since the bags were packed and the time off had been obtained, my sister and I determined that the U.S. is a big place, that some things weren't buried under snow and direwolves, and that all we needed to do was pick somewhere where there was 1) museums, and 2) cold (but not blizzardy) weather. We settled on Chicago.
And thus began the most frantic trip planning ever, from the panicked calls to Expedia, to the late night drive through a hailstorm to reach a hotel close to the airport, to the struggle of catching a 5:30 a.m. flight, to arriving in a strange city with no idea where we were going in the middle of early morning rush hour, to all of my friends texting me and asking why on earth my Facebook posts said I was in Chicago when I was supposed to be in Denver.
All of that was a delirious, exhausted haze that inadvertently left me and my sister lost and exploring the sights of Chicago's infamous South Side, which was a fun experience in hindsight. Suffice to say, we enjoyed our vacation, we saw some cool stuff, and the trip there didn't actually kill us, although it tried. Wins for everyone!
This is what dedication looks like: overlooking DFW at 5:30 a.m. on our way to CHICAGO. Because other places in the country also have great museums and NO BLIZZARDS. #Museumpalooza
I'm simultaneously fascinated and inspired by all the detailed, skillfully-executed graffiti murals I've been coming across in Chicago - mostly seen by train. #Museumpalooza #StreetArt
First #Museumpalooza stop: The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago!
Tim the T-Rex loves his #Rothko paintings, and No. 2 at the Smart Museum of Art is no exception. (Although the Rothko Room at the Phillips Collection still remains his favorite!) #Museumpalooza
Starting a new tradition today! From now on, on every trip, I'm going into the nearest independent bookstore and buying novels that are set in the general area I'm visiting. Today, I got The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham and The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson. Both were purchased from Powell's Books. #Museumpalooza #Bookpalooza
#Museumpalooza Stop #2: The Field Museum! SO EXCITED!