The game was a good one, with the Mariners leading for the first 4 innings but the Angels tied it up in the 5th. They got a rally going in the bottom of the 8th and the rookie Matt Thaiss hit his first MLB home run, which was a 3 run shot!


For our first adventure in Chicago, we rode the “L” to visit the Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the US.

We visited the 103rd floor SkyDeck twice, once during the daylight hours and once at night. Both times we braved the Ledge, a glass box sticking out from the side of the building.

Between our SkyDeck visits, we had famous Chicago Deep Dish pizza at Giordano’s and visited the Bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park.


After a morning walk though the park, and a surreal sculpture garden of legs, we arrived at the Chicago’s Field Museum.

The natural history museum is one of the world’s largest, but we did out best to see as much as possible. We could have easily spent two whole days there.

The highlight of our day was Sue, the most complete T-Rex fossil in the world. Last school year, Connor learned about her in class, so was super excited to meet her in person.


Today’s museum was the Adler Planetarium. We explored exhibits about telescopes, the planets, the Gemini and Apollo missions, and the formation of the universe.

The highlight of the trip was the two planetarium shows we watched, one about the Moon and another where we were “tourists” visiting different locations in the solar system. Our brains were crammed full of space science by the time we left.


We went from outer space yesterday to being under the sea today, with our visit to the Shedd Aquarium. We all got to pet string rays and sturgeons, saw an awesome beluga whale show, and looked at more kinds of fish than you could imagine.

I also discovered that it is very difficult to take pictures of fish in their tanks.