04 July 2013

Chicago Check-In!

Happy 4th of July!!

We are starting our second day in Chicago and I can't wait to go out and explore this city!

Here is a little round up of our adventures thus far.

If you happen to also be driving all around the country and see a car that looks like this:
Wave hello!

Parker and I decided to leave a day early for our road trip and we found this great lodge-like hotel in Brian Head, Utah! We had to drive up some crazy mountains and I didn't think our car was going to make it at some points, but I am glad we did. Brian Head was beautiful, serene, and it was the perfect start to our vacation! 

BONUS: We were given warm, chocolate chip cookies upon arrival!
 We had dinner and hot cocoa by this huge fire pit!

Parks and I in Brian Head, Utah

We left Utah around 10am and drove straight to Denver, which is one of our new favorite cities!

Hello, Denver!

The river runs right through Denver and we loved getting to watch the kids ride down the river on their rafts!

We walked up and down 16th street most of the day. There were plenty of people to watch, places to eat, and fun little shops to explore. They also had these fun, painted pianos up and down the street for people to play some music:

We also stopped by the Money Museum in Downtown Denver:

We went to eat at Park Burger and had a really sweet, really pregnant waitress. Parker had a wonderful idea to leave her a big tip. A random act of kindness it was, and we hope it made her smile as much as it made us smile! Parker was just plain giddy when he did this:

Our Rundown of Denver:
-loads of good-lookin' people
-people walk or bike everywhere
-there were about 12 Starbucks within walking distance of our hotel
-the city is not too big to feel impersonal, but not too small either
-we could have spent many more days there trying out all the different restaurants and pubs
 -perfect amount of "quirky" without being over-the-top (for us at least)

While we were driving to Denver, I had a bit of an ocular emergency and had to spend an hour in the optometrist's office. Blurriness, cloudiness, tearing up and painful stinging in my left eye meant that poor Parker had to do most of the driving. For me, it meant I couldn't wear my contacts and I was ever-so-grateful that I got a new pair of glasses right before we left!

We left Denver Tuesday morning and we already miss it! Thankfully, My sister-in-law is moving there in a couple weeks... Thanksgiving in Denver, Jones family?!

Next stop: Kansas City.

We didn't take any pictures there and overall it was very "blah." I feel bad typing that, but it is how we felt. Nothing memorable... we were only in the city for about 14 hours, most of which we were sleeping... so I would say we didn't give it much of a chance. Oh well, I don't think we will be going back.

We were going to stop in St. Louis to see the Arch on our way to Chicago, but PJones made the executive decision to sleep in and skip the stop.

We made it to Chicago around 8:30 last night and I had no idea this place was so BIG and BUSY! It reminds me of NYC... but cleaner. We had heard of this famous stuffed pizza at Giordano's so that was our first stop after we checked into the hotel.

And here we are. Day 2 in Chicago after having slept off that pizza and beer. We are going to spend the day exploring Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile before we see The Book Of Mormon tonight!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July everybody!! I will be back in a few days with more updates :)


  1. BIG HUGS my friend . . . loved "catchin' up" today. Miss you :)

  2. So fun! Love reading all of your adventures! Love ya!!! xoxo

  3. You guys look like you're having a great time! :)

  4. What fun adventures! Be safe, friend!

  5. Loved that R.A.K!!! Awesome! Looks like a fabulous road trip so far! Be safe and enjoy!

  6. Looks like such a fun trip! We LOVE Denver too and are planning to move there next year (from MD). Guess we'll be doing you similar drive in reverse. :) So nice of you to do a RAK. I bet she was flabbergasted!