The architecture tour was amazing. Chicago is a beautiful city, and our tour guide was quite knowledgeable.

I wish we would have had time to do a ghost tour too, but maybe next time. These tours almost always end up being my favorite part of our trips. I’m pretty sure that means I’m old.

It’s 11:20 am and I’m only now (very reluctantly) getting out of bed to take a shower.

Our only set plan for the day is a 7:30 pm architecture cruise.

I wonder where the day will take us. ❤️

on the road

We’re about 5 1/2 hours from home. Approaching Nashville as I type this.

I’ve taken some hilarious pics of Freya sleeping in the car this weekend. I’ll be a nice step-mom and not post any. 😆

We had a really fun trip. We stayed very busy, and did a lot of cool stuff. We’re all exhausted now and ready to be home. Having done Atlanta twice now, I don’t think I need to return anytime soon.

We were planning to stop at Lookout Mountain in Tennessee to checkout the Civil War memorial, given it’s Memorial Day and all, but it was crazy rainy and foggy in Chattanooga, so we decided against it.

This trip helped D and I realize we need to tweak our family summer vacation plans. The current plan is to skip Rocky Mountain National Park and hit up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park instead. It’s closer for one. We found some nice (big) cabins for rent. All of this will make it easier to bring the dog, which is important to us. We can do family hikes, swim, grill, and enjoy nature. I’m going to make the changes this week.

If it doesn’t work out for some reason then we’ll still go to Colorado, just without Bismarck. I will admit I’m a bit bummed about missing out on the Stanley Hotel, but I think that may be a better adults-only trip. Being cooped up with the kids and the dog in a tiny hotel suite is just not appealing at all, honestly.

Speaking of Bismarck, we all miss him so much. It’s crazy how attached we’ve gotten in just six months. He’s definitely a member of Team RiekAlt.

That’s all for now. More later.

Peter Hook and the Light (Atlanta, 2018)

It was a great night.

The first set they covered New Order. It was fantastic.

The second set was all Joy Division, and it was fucking bad ass; like maybe one of the best shows I’ve ever attended.

The crazy part? Two songs into the second set the power went out. We were on emergency power for like 45 minutes. A bunch of people bailed, but we held out, and it was so worth it.

I’m so glad D and I got to experience this together. It was well worth the trip from Saint Louis.