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I-55 BridgeWell it’s time to trade in the city on the river for a city on a lake.  Goodbye to Memphis.  Hello to Evanston.

I’ve got some great pictures from the road trip below.  The most notable thing about the 551 mile journey was the US makes a lot of corn.  Seriously.  A LOT of corn.

Some first impressions of these new environs.  1:  it’s windy.  really rather windy.  2:  the lake and view is fantastic.  3:  Evanston is pretty tiny.  Chicago is huge.  It took me around an hour to get from my place into the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

For the active-life enthusiast, there’s a lot of options.  Lakefront mixed-use trails offer great views of downtown Chicago – both from E-ton and Lincoln Park.  Commuting the 12 miles into the heart of Chi-town is possible by bike.  Also, there’s rowing here!!!

Since I’ve spent some time in Memphis and Chicago, both music meccas, I leave you with a few youtube videos:

~ Windy Trails ~
Jessica

This evening I headed on the Mount Vernon trail to Gravelly Point Park to check out the view on the Potomac.  Approximate route from Rosslyn is here.

This is incredible!  It’s absolutely thrilling to watch this huge object soar over you and then gracefully land feet away.  My biking buddy introduced me to this plane-watching method.  Lie down with your feet facing the runway.  You’ll hear the plane approaching (suspense!), then get a great view of it passing over, and finally be able to see it land.

And to make this better than just hanging out at your regular airport, there’s the Potomac on one side and views into DC to see the Capitol, Washington Monument, and the like.

Check it out.  I only wish I was there when it was dark too…

~ Happy Plane Watching ~

Jessica

Those of you who are Custis Trail riders are now enjoying the newly repaved path from 20th St N and Lee Highway to Spout Run.  I was pleasantly surprised one day with the use of my tax dollars when I discovered that I no longer needed to worry about potholes or intrusive tree branches on the terrain.  And while the runners appreciate it, I’m sure the bikers are satisfied the project was finally addressed and completed.

* Bonus Update is the path connecting Thompson’s Boat Center to Rock Creek Pkwy is completed.

Yay construction completion!

~ Happy Trails ~

Jessica