Getting There is Half the Fun

The Day. I spent Sunday in downtown Chicago with Melissa, ice skating, warming up with afternoon tea service and generally enjoying the beauty of the season.

The Ride. I got there by bike, a 14 mile round trip. Temperature around 30 degrees. My core got hot and I took off my coat for a bit (mom would not approve). The Lakefront Trail was strewn with heaps of salt, all ice eradicated. I saw very few other cyclists, unfortunately. Everyone’s missing out on the beautiful views.

As always, getting there (and back) is half the fun.

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18 thoughts on “Getting There is Half the Fun

  1. Christa says:

    Skyline views, public art, sugary food, skating rink and a lion statue – looks like a great city. Would love to visit Chicago!

  2. Catherine says:

    i cannot believe you have no snow there after the snowpocalypse we’re going through in DC. Federal government closed on Monday….that means that (directly) 20% of us have no work tomorrow and another 50% of us whose employers go by the Feds decision also have no work tomorrow.

    A friend of mine just made the very convincing argument that the Washington Post headline SHOULD read “Government Closed; Bars Open”. Everywhere that’s open is PACKED. This has been the best weekend EVER. Vive la Snowpocalyse!

    • dukiebiddle says:

      Why would Chicago have snow? :-)

      And you’re totally going to hate me for this, but we’re just fine and business is running as usual in Baltimore. Public transportation was never interrupted. I guess we’re just made of flintier stuff than our southern neighbors. ;-) (kidding!)

  3. Anne Hawley says:

    Oh, delightful! And your outfit is darling, as always. Lovely photos of what looks like a perfectly wonderful day out.

  4. Love the lion statue with wreath photo and the berries. I am obsessed with those red berries in winter and photograph them all the time, especially against the snow. Anyone know what they are called?

    I was puzzled by that last picture of you “cycling”, until I realised that the bike is stationary and the kickstand is down. And I cannot believe the way you are dressed in 30°F; here I am shivering in twice the layers!

    • Zweiradler says:

      Isn’t that some sort of cherry tree?

      Nico

    • Deborah says:

      Here are winterberries (ilex verticillata), whose berries are attached right to the branch of the shrub

      http://www.springmeadownursery.com/article_9.htm

      and here are crabapples (malus), which have pomes hanging from long stems (as Dottie’s photographed above):

      http://www.edenbrothers.com/store/snowdrift_crabapple_tree.html

      I’m sure there are lots of both in the Boston area where you’re photographing! And probably others besides… I think cotoneasters keep their berries in winter, for instance.

      • Deborah – Thank you so much!

        The ones I mostly photograph are (what turns out to be) the winterberries. I see them all over the place in Maine, as well as in England and Austria.

        I like the crab-apples as well, and only now do I see that they are distinctly different from the winterberries. I erroneously thought crab apples were something else – those miniature, very sour apples that grow in the wild. Now I know. Thanks again for the links!

        • Deborah says:

          Crabapples are indeed miniature sour apples, but there are so many different varieties these days — the wild ones have sizeable fruits the size of small apples but many of the cultivated ones have tiny fruit like… well, like berries! I think these dark red ones in Dottie’s picture are just gorgeous. Happy camera-hunting for more berries of all sorts!

  5. Kevin says:

    They’re holly berries.

  6. Amy says:

    Your pictures make downtown look so wonderful. Are the throngs of shoppers gone yet?

  7. Deborah says:

    Those particular “berries” are small crabapples, I’d bet. But similar berries that you see a lot this time of year, at least around here where it’s too cold to grow English holly, are winterberries (same family as holly, but deciduous).

    Great “city in winter” shots — I am still trying to get up the courage to do winter riding in Minneapolis. Around my neighborhood there are no bike trails and the streets are just a mess…

  8. I love your pink sleeves and green gloves. Adorable.

    Those look like Ilex berries to me?

  9. Melissa Hope S says:

    Nice! I look so serious in that pic. It’s because I am a pro and I take skating seriously! :-)
    When I saw you ride up, Dot, you looked so calm and cool. I was proud that you are my friend!

  10. Stephen says:

    Enjoy these days, ladies. They are the good old days, and you will look back years from now and wonder where the time went, and what happened to everyone.

    What a wonderful set of photographs; what a wonderful set of memories.

  11. Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing the photos. The city and its inhabitants look lovely decked out in their holiday finery. This time of year, I miss city life. Although it is beautiful where I retired to, city lights and decorations this time of year make any city appears a bit magical and certainly joyful. I hope everyone has a safe and very happy holiday season!

  12. RowdyKittens says:

    I loved the story and photos. Happy Holidays and safe travels. :)

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