Chicago: Fermilab and Lake Michigan

During the early afternoon we visited Fermilab, to learn about particle physics, the experiments they are conducting, and visiting their bison herd.

We visited two new states with our late afternoon and evening, driving along the bottom of the lake through Indiana and into Michigan.

The boys got to stick their feet in Lake Michigan, which was about the temperature of the Pacific Ocean.


Chicago: Museum Of Science And Industry

We spent the day at the MSI, one of the largest science museums in the world. It was filled an amazingly wide breadth of exhibits, everything from exhibits about weather, farming tech, genetics, cars, space, and even a German U-Boat.


Chicago: White Sox

Guaranteed Rate Field is the 11th MLB stadium we have visited as a family. It was a nice stadium, good parking and well laid out.

We had a great game, the tickets were super cheap, even on the field level, and our seats were in the shade. The boys and I even got up on the giant video scoreboard during the “Kids Cam”!

Unfortunately, the White Sox didn’t have as good of game as we did. The Mets shut them out with a score of 4 to 0.

The boys getting their pitch speeds:


Chicago: Shedd Aquarium

We went from outer space yesterday to being under the sea today, with our visit to the Shedd Aquarium. We all got to pet string rays and sturgeons, saw an awesome beluga whale show, and looked at more kinds of fish than you could imagine.

I also discovered that it is very difficult to take pictures of fish in their tanks.


Chicago: Adler Planetarium

Today’s museum was the Adler Planetarium. We explored exhibits about telescopes, the planets, the Gemini and Apollo missions, and the formation of the universe.

The highlight of the trip was the two planetarium shows we watched, one about the Moon and another where we were “tourists” visiting different locations in the solar system. Our brains were crammed full of space science by the time we left.


Chicago: Field Museum

After a morning walk though the park, and a surreal sculpture garden of legs, we arrived at the Chicago’s Field Museum.

The natural history museum is one of the world’s largest, but we did out best to see as much as possible. We could have easily spent two whole days there.

The highlight of our day was Sue, the most complete T-Rex fossil in the world. Last school year, Connor learned about her in class, so was super excited to meet her in person.


Chicago: Willis Tower

For our first adventure in Chicago, we rode the “L” to visit the Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the US.

We visited the 103rd floor SkyDeck twice, once during the daylight hours and once at night. Both times we braved the Ledge, a glass box sticking out from the side of the building.

Between our SkyDeck visits, we had famous Chicago Deep Dish pizza at Giordano’s and visited the Bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park.


Angels Beat The Mariners

The game was a good one, with the Mariners leading for the first 4 innings but the Angels tied it up in the 5th. They got a rally going in the bottom of the 8th and the rookie Matt Thaiss hit his first MLB home run, which was a 3 run shot!


Oregon: Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals

The Rice Museum has the most amazing collection of minerals and petrified trees that I’ve ever seen. Connor is really into rocks and was in heaven.

Later in the day, back at my parent’s house, I took some pictures of all the grandkids together, including the newest addition: Baby Braelyn Stewart.


Oregon: Tide Pools and Science Center

My boys and little sister started off the morning poking various sea creatures in the tide pool at Cobble Beach. We even saw a gumboot chiton… renamed the sea enchilada by my kids.

We spent the afternoon at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, petting more tide pool creatures and learning about the local ocean habitats.