Mike and I love to travel, unfortunately we don't get to very often because of my work schedule and our animals (we have four in case you were wondering). Plus, in order to get anywhere "cool" from Rochester you have to drive pretty far! We don't fly often because then we would have to rent a car and that is just a pain.
When we saw that the Rock 'n' Roll marathon series was offering a discount, we jumped at the opportunity to go somewhere. We wavered between Providence and Chicago, only briefly, before deciding on the Windy City. I've already been to Providence and Mike has driven through it so we've basically already been there.
Our last big trip somewhere was to the Thousand Islands for our anniversary last year and it was amazing! We didn't run there, we actually had just finished our first 10K and took the week off from running, but we could have if we wanted to.
Tibbits Point Lighthouse, sorry all of our trips include lighthouses!
I think that our tradition is going to be going on an anniversary trip every year instead of doing the traditional gifts. Our trip to Chicago is about a week and a half before our anniversary so it still counts!
We extended our trip a little bit so that we could take our time getting to Chicago and back home.
While running in the race is going to be amazing, there are so many other reasons why I am looking forward to this trip. The sights, new places and new food (and food we don't have in Rochester) are just some of the many reasons why I can't wait!
We are planning on stopping at numerous lighthouses along the way, including making a trip into Wisconsin. The farthest west Mike has been is Ohio (I've been to California with a brief stop at the St. Louis airport) so we both are going visit four new states: Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. We also get to see two new Great Lakes: Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
A rough idea of our trip, not including the Wisconsin part
I'm definitely a planner while Mike is more of a "go with the flow" kind of person. We do have some "must see" items on our list like The Bean in Millennium Park, but we are also open to suggestions.
I know that a few of you that read my blog are from the Chicago area so do you have any "must see" items for us? Any favorite restaurants? Any places we should avoid?
If you are running in the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago half marathon let me know and hopefully we can set up a blogger meet up! Or if you are in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan or Ontario, Canada let me know and maybe we can meet up for dinner/lunch!
Have you ever gone on a runcation before? What was your favorite part?