There are two seasons in Chicago: Winter Hell and Summer Sewage. After two floods in fewer than 10 days and the sticker shock of how much money it will take to prevent a third–I needed a vacation.
I found my oasis yesterday in the Skokie Lagoons. I’ve rented canoes there a lot with the kids and always had fun. But today was my day. I went for a long run on the trails and then spent one hour on my kayak alone. In that one hour, I saw at least eight blue herons and a white version of the bird that I think was a white crane. I’m not a bird watcher, by any means, but a giant bird that looks a whole lot like a dinosaur as it swoops across the sky is just awesome. Add to that the storybook lily pads with perfect white flowers growing from them in the water, and I was completed rejuvenated.
That is, until I got home to find the flood restoration men tearing up the brand new basement. Maybe the Lagoons again today?