Exploring : Route 66 (Part One)

Ever since I was a kid, my dad has been taking me on road trips. He loves driving; I love maps and scenery; we both love exploring and learning about the world around us.

We decided to take what’s often lauded as “the ultimate road trip” in a rather impromptu way. My dad was in Ohio for business and I had just received a work schedule that cut my hours to less than 20 a week. By switching a couple shifts, I was left with a large swath of days off and I booked a one-way ticket to Chicago. We’d meet there and then drive back to the west coast via the storied highway 66. My sister, Madison, liked the idea too and joined us.

Madi and I landed in Chicago in the morning and spent the day wandering the enormous city blocks, eating deep dish pizza, and visiting the beautifully-designed Museum of Science of Industry.

The Lustrous Bean
The Lustrous Bean

Reminiscing over Aix-en-Provence and making comparative pizza analyses with my study abroad roommate.
Reminiscing over Aix-en-Provence and making comparative pizza analyses with my study abroad roommate.
Museum of Science & Industry: too busy being wow-ed to take many photos but highly recommended for your Chicago travel itinerary.
Museum of Science & Industry: too busy being wow-ed to take many photos but highly recommended for your Chicago travel itinerary.

“The gang’s all here.”

And so it begins!

Along Route 66, there’s a never-ending supply of eye-catching statues, signage, and art installations:

Used to be Paul Bunyan with an axe, now it's Paul
Used to be Paul Bunyan with an axe, now it’s Paul “Hotdog &” Bun-yan.
Another Paul Bunyan update – painted green, axe replaced, helmet on to become the “Gemini Giant!”
When in Illinois... visit Abraham Lincoln's house.
When in Illinois… visit Abraham Lincoln’s house.
Henry's Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, IL - an ode to the Cadillac Ranch in Texas that we'd see a few days later.
Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, IL – an ode to the Cadillac Ranch in Texas that we’d see a few days later.

Inside... a spectacle of rabbit fur and dust. Which should not discourage you from visiting. It's unique!
Inside… a spectacle of rabbit fur and dust. Which should not discourage you from visiting. It’s unique!
One of the many resident rabbits.
One of the many resident rabbits.
Back on the open road.
Back on the open road.

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