Not Really My Kind of Town


I don’t travel much, especially not for work. Well, that changed last week when I got to spend the week in Chicago on the company dime.

On the way up, I thought about all the things I was going to do. I was going to eat pizza until I was full to the gills. I was going to visit the Adler Planetarium. I was going to find the Chicago Cubs team store.

Well … I literally did none of those things. Chicago had not experienced a measurable snow in January and February, but since I was making an appearance in the second city, the snow would make a return. I ended up leaving for Chicago a day earlier than I had planned so I could beat the winter burst, which I did by about an hour. Also, I HATE traffic, which Chicago is known for. I parked my car Sunday night and didn’t move it again until Friday afternoon.

Hunkered down, it was now time to turn my attention to the reason I was in Chicago … Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: That One Shining Moment


A couple of years ago my wife and I finally made it out to the Denver area, which we had been putting off seemingly forever. Here is a link to the original piece on that trip, which includes more pictures. We traveled north of Denver to a little town called, Estes Park, which sits right outside one of the entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park is home to the famous Stanley Hotel. Haven’t heard of the Stanley? Well, maybe you have heard of Stephen King and his book, The Shining, which gained some inspiration from the pale Colorado landmark.

The picture above was shot looking west from the front lawn of the Stanley Hotel toward the Rocky Mountains. It’s a little difficult to make out in the shot, but there was snow flying in the upper elevations, thus why we made a pit stop at the Stanley.

I almost forgot that another critically acclaimed movie, uh, well, Dumb and Dumber was partially shot at the Stanley. For anyone that has seen the movie, you will recognize the front steps as the location Harry and Lloyd traversed while wearing ridiculous skiing outfits. If I remember right, Lloyd was wearing some outlandishly furry boots. Inside the lobby, you will also be able to see the staircase where Lloyd and Mary Swanson raced to see who could get to the top first.

If you’re not into wacky comedies or thrilling novels, there are plenty of historical artifacts in the hotel to enjoy as well. Just remember, if you start hearing someone mutter REDRUM, you might want to head toward the car!