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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

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Virginia Countryside

Virginia Countryside

I recently made the trek from DC to Memphis and really enjoyed some facets of the drive.  For starters, Virginia is just beautiful.  Maybe it’s cause I hail from the flat part of Tennessee, but the different colors of the hills in the distance is awe inspiring and so calming.

Some other highlights of the trip included passing by the Sun Sphere in Knoxville, spotting the Cherokee Naiton’s bus, and saying hi to Nashville’s Bat Building Motorola Office Building from afar (see below).  Scanning the radio on the approach into Nashville, almost every station was country.  Man, I love it – connecting to a culture and a regional identity.  Country music, southern accents, and thunderstorms.  I am here.

While I’m soaking in the southern-ness, I’m planning to continue blogging about a few places in DC I visited before I left and have some exercises that I’d like to share. As I mentioned before, the blog is moving into a temporary state of flux.  Let me know if there’s any direction you’d like me to go, and I’ll see if I can work that in.

~ Happy Trails Ya’ll ~
Jessica

Sun Sphere

Sun Sphere

Cherokee Nation Bus

Cherokee Nation Bus

Bat Building on the Left

Bat Building on the Left


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