Like I mentioned in my last post (I think?), we slept through all of Nebraska and woke up in Iowa. We both woke up a lot during the night but still managed to sleep in til 8am. It's amazing how your body remembers how to do that after just a couple of mornings with no early bird kids waking you between 5 and 6!
Iowa was not quite as flat as we expected, but still really flat compared to the Rockies we'd just gone through. We took very few pictures of the scenery.
Another red barn! Matt was quick to capture it with his camera; I just hate that it's blocked by that tree.
Remember how I said Matt kept pulling out cards with birthday surprises? This day I got a thirty minute foot massage! Now that's how I do a train trip. :)
We pulled in to the station alongside the Chicago River an hour earlier than expected. We had to wait a few minutes before they had room for us to pull up.
Ready to get off the train and explore Chicago!
While in Chicago for a little over a day, we're staying at the Hyatt Regency. Just like in San Fran, we're on the 20th floor with a spectacular view!
We changed clothes and headed out. Our first stop was Millenium Park to take obligatory pictures at the Bean. This tourist attraction wasn't around when Matt lived here 18 years ago!
We missed our lunch in the plane so good was next on the to-do list. Also, it was really cold so we wanted to be inside! We stopped at a Shake Shack and split a burger and fries. They were so yummy! I wouldn't mind having a Shake Shack close to home.
We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening walking Magnificent Mile. We have absolutely no extra room in our suitcase and duffel bag so I couldn't really do any shopping! Such a shame.
For dinner we ended up at the sports bar in our hotel. It was a win-win because Matt got to watch March Madness games and I got to get out of the cold and drink a delicious mango martini.
Chicago deep dish pizza is on the agenda for day five. Let's hope it doesn't disappoint!