Monday, August 22, 2016

8/22 Tilting over Chicago, ready for the rivers, looping friends

Today was so beautiful in Chicago.  It was in the 70's warm, not a cloud in the sky, and not humid at all.  We started the day by readying the boat for our trip down the rivers tomorrow.  This will be a new type of boating for us, so I am a little apprehensive. 

Penney and Larry, who are loopers that came into the Columbia Yacht Club yesterday, stopped by.  We haven't met them on the loop yet, but we had so much in common, including some of our favorite stops.  Not long after that. Jill and Richard from the Jill Kristy called.  They had arrived at the next marina over and had seen our boat on entering the harbor.  We had met them in New Jersey and had last seen them on the Hudson.  They are in sailboat.  They had removed their mast to do the loop.  It was interesting to hear their travels.  They went down the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan.

The best part of looping is meeting so many wonderful people.
John and I went to do our last tourist item on our City Pass.  360 Chicago is on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Tower.  Granted it is not as tall as the Willis Tower but it has a really unique twist, or should I say tilt. There is some interesting history presented on the lower floor with a short film on the history of Chicago.  Then it was up to the 94th floor.  There we went on the TILT.  You line up in a special area.  Each person gets there own floor to ceiling window and handles to hold onto.  Then, the entire area is tilted 30 degrees out over the street below.  They don't allow pictures or I would have had them.  This was just a little scary.  I knew I wasn't going anywhere but I held on very tightly.  What a rush!  In one corner, they have a bar.  Both John and I opted for the TILT cocktail.  What fun!  Here are some of the neat views.
Navy Pier
The Willis Tower
The straight street heading south is Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile.  I didn't get to shop there at all.
It was so clear today that you could see all the way to Indiana.  That is the Adler Planetarium in the foreground.
The North Beaches were shaded by the buildings to their west.

Tomorrow, we head into the rivers.

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