Chicago

Last month, I was back in the U.S. for about a week.  I spent time with my independent eighty-six year old Mom.  I saw friends I’ve loved for more than twenty years.  I lit piles of stuff on fire with my brother.  I enjoyed blue skies and a warm afternoon stop at the local dairy bar.  And I had the privilege to travel to the fabulous city of Chicago with three teenagers (two nieces and a nephew).

We made a museum tour, tried some excellent pizza (at my favorite, Gino’s East), ate plenty of other great food, enjoyed that gorgeous skyline and the bluest skies, and learned a little more about each other.  Such a lovely trip.  Enjoy some pictures.

I Could Live There

You know those questions some people ask at dinners and parties – “If money was no object, what if?”.  I recently went to dinner where the conversation questions included “what superpower would you have”, “what would your everyday car be”, and “where would your primary home be”.  And though there was an attempt to ridicule each of my answers, I would still want to have C3PO’s communication ability, any car that didn’t use a lot of gas, and my primary home would be somewhere in the beautiful, blue-skied, BBQ-infused Carolinas.

Maybe my everyday home could be in Hawaii.  Yes, it would be a serious investment in sunscreen, but maybe I could become a test subject for Neutrogena.  I’d take a place on the ocean, in the mountains, or a place near Twin Falls on Maui where we took this hike.  My flower shots will come later, but until then, enjoy.

References:  Hike Maui  http://www.hikemaui.com/  When our awesome guide said, “This is the kind of hike where you keep your camera out the entire time,” I knew I was in the right place.  Hike Maui did a great job!