Ryan and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary in December. After much planning (and worrying on my part), we decided to take the train down to Chicago. There is an Amtrak station that runs continously between Milwaukee and Chicago at a variety of times each day. We went this route in order to plan for bad weather, which hit Milwaukee hard on our day of travels. Once we got to Chicago though, the weather cleared up nicely! I missed my morning coffee before we boarded the train, so I gave in and paid for a $6 latte at Starbucks (ouff). After getting my fix, we hit the streets!
We stopped at some kind of historic train station to eat snacks and figure out where we were and what path we needed to take to get to the Field Museum.
When I first moved to Milwaukee, I thought it was huge. Chicago completely dwarfs it. There were tall, tall buildings wherever we looked and many different kinds of architecture.
We took a scenic path through the parks to get to the museum campus.
We got Discovery Passes at the museum and chose to go to the China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors special exhibit. I absolutely love museums. We stayed at the museum around three hours and still did not get to all the exhibits. The Field Museum has enough content to spend an entire day there. My favorite exhibits were Inside Ancient Egypt and Evolving Planet.
There was a seemingly endless exhibit filled with all sorts of stuffed animals. These two in particular stood out to me because their faces were so long and derpy!
This huge skeleton belonged to a creature called the Giant Ground Sloth. This would be a sight to see. It would be cool if we could somehow do temporary intersections of time, just so we could see some of these extinct creatures live in action!
After the museum we walked to the Cloud Gate (The Bean in my words). The second picture is from the center of the underbelly of the bean and I am the red coat swirling around and around.
After the Cloud Gate we speed walked to the Rainforest Cafe. We were running out of time so we got our food to go and then speed walked/jogged back to the train station. I was stressed about making it back on time, but we made it just as the train was getting ready to board. We ate our dinner on board and then dozed until back in Milwaukee. It was still storming there, so after a slippery bus ride back to campus we cozied in for the rest of the night.
I'm glad that this year we chose to spend money on a shared experience instead of gifts. It was a great day spent in quality company!
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!