Day 34 – Country Music Hall of Fame Museum & my best night so far

Today I headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. It was a pricey entrance fee at $25 but they had tons of memorabilia and interesting things to see. Some of my favorites are below. This was Elvis’s gold covered piano. A metal guitar. A Wurlitzer Juke Box In the evening a group of us went out to Roberts for some drinks and music. Among the group was Jason and Liz. Both work in the hostel and made one feel really welcomed there. In fact all of the staff did, it was one of the things I enjoyed about this hostel. After Roberts closed down we went back to the hostel where Jason sang and played guitar. Aside from him being extremely talented, he is also really funny and had me and the rest of the crew laughing the entire night. It was one of those nights that happens…

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Days 35 – 41 – Goodbye Nashville Hello Illinois

In the morning I packed my stuff and took it to the car. I hung out a little bit and said my goodbyes. I chose to leave despite loving it there. In some respects because I could not imagine having a better night than the prior one. The drive to my aunts house took me about 9 hours. She is situated just an hour north of Chicago. The following days I spent my time with the family. My uncle Miguel took me to Lake Michigan and we crossed the Wisconsin border checking out different vantage points of the lake along the way. During next days we also played some tennis, had a few meals together, and caught up. On the 4th my uncle was hosting a picnic where people from his church attended. There was plenty of food, activities such as softball, volley ball, and basketball. What made the day…

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Day 44 – Meeting up with more family

On the 9th we drove into Chicago to have lunch with my cousin (1 of 4 cousins in the area). We had some Mediterranean food which was delicious and afterwards we went back to Tito and Asia’s place for some coffee. While there my cousin said I could borrow his bike so I acquired another mode of transportation and exercise. I am REALLY looking forward to using it in Chicago and am extremely grateful to him for the loaner.

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Day 45 – Starved Rock State Park

While I have been spending time with family, relaxing, and seeing some of Chicago, I began to miss hiking and that back country feel. Because of this I went to Starved Rock State Park about an hour and a half south of Chicago. I knew it was a popular destination and it would not be secluded but I also knew it would offer what I was looking for. Despite much of the park being closed because of storm conditions that left the trails impassible, I got my fix. The sandstone bluffs are beautiful and walking though the canyons gave me feeling reminiscent of walking through canyons out west. I am told the canyons fill up with water more during the early spring months and create more waterfalls throughout. I guess that would be the ideal time to visit them. However, I was still fortunate enough to see a few small…

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Day 46 – ROC 5k Race

On the 12th I met up with my cousin Mikey. I had reached out to him during the week to see when he was free and I told him I’d prefer to do something active when we met up. His response was to suggest we register for the Ridiculous Obstacle Course 5K race. This was totally unexpected but a blast. The race benefits the Challenge Athletes Foundation. It’s main goal is to provide athletic opportunities to those with physical limitations. It’s a goofy non-competitive sort of event where people dress up in costumes and act a fool. It was a lot of fun. Below is the course we ran.

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