About a month ago, I wrote two blogs about my first 4 weeks of my summer in Chicago with Wrighteous86, which you can find here and here. It was a very full vacation, so I've put the last 2 weeks in this blog to finish it out. Sorry it took so long, but I just started back up in college, so it's taken me a while to find the time!
Training Beluga WhalesI'm going to college at the moment to hopefully go on to study Zoology in University, and Wrighteous knows how much I love animals, so for our one-year anniversary he gave me a "Trainer For a Day" experience at the Shedd Aquarium. We got to dress up like the workers, go behind the scenes and see how they prepare food, clean and care for the animals, and all kinds of things like that. We got to ask our Zoologist a lot of questions to help my studies, and got some hands on experience with the animals. We went into a private area to see the newborn dolphin calf that was kept from the public and watch it nurse it's mother. Not only did we get to hang out in the Penguin exhibit, where they ran over our feet and nipped at our legs, but we got to train and play with a Beluga Whale calf!
When we were petting the whale, Wrighteous said that it felt like a soggy, squishy, pillow and I have to agree. It was very smooth and soft, but very slick, when I stroked the whale, my imprint was left behind. It was the best gift I’ve ever been given! Afterwards, we got to roam about and see the exhibits from the public's side. All in all it was an amazing and very thoughtful anniversary present!
Man Vs FoodAfter the aquarium, I took Wrighteous to a place I had seen on Man Vs. Food: Lucky's Overstuffed Sandwiches. He just made it look so good on TV!
The sandwiches certainly lived up to their name! I was disappointed though that most of the stuffing is just chips (fries) in the middle of your sandwich. Which made it hard to taste anything else, they weren’t great chips either. So now I know that next time I watch Man Vs Food, that all those orgasmic moans he makes over the food are faked!
In the end, I didn't quite finish. I got really close though! I think Wrighteous felt a bit sick trying to shove it all down, but in the end, he managed like a champion!
The Magnificent MileLater that week, Wrighteous and I went to the Magnificent Mile, a street in Chicago with all of the really posh shops. We spent all day going in and out of clothes shops. I had lots of fun, though I don't think Wrighteous shared my enthusiasm!
To reward him for being a good boyfriend, I let him take me to Dave & Buster's for dinner and some games. We played a bit of everything, but it seems I have a knack for arcade games, as I won the Jackpot a few times on some of the spinning light games and got loads of tickets. Wrighteous wasn't quite as lucky on Deal or No Deal...
Nearing the end of the night, I started to get pretty tired, so I cashed in all my tickets for a load of sweets, and a bobble-head of Alan from The Hangover. It turned out to be a successful night! It’s a good thing I don’t have an arcade near me, or my beginners luck might turn me into a gambler.
The Lake House Wrighteous took a long weekend off work so we could go to his family's lake house at Apple Canyon Lake. The view from the house was gorgeous, and the lake was just down the hill from his back garden.
We were surrounded by woods, which was kinda scary, but it was also a lot of fun, because I got to drive his golf cart through the trails, where we saw loads of deer. We also spent a bit of time enjoying the water at the beach, though I was scared to go too deep as I can’t swim (had a bad experience as a child) and had to cling to Wrighteous.
Near the lake house is an old historical town called Galena, and we went up and down the roads checking out the antique shops and nice restaurants and food shops in the neighborhood. It was cool seeing what America looked like 100 years ago. It reminded me a bit of the town at the end of Red Dead Redemption actually.
Busting Myths Our trip was winding down, and I was getting ready to go home, but we had one last thing on our agenda: the Museum of Science and Industry. There was a Mythbusters exhibit going on: I looked for any sign of Will and Norm, but sadly they were nowhere to be found.
I loved this museum. There were IMAX movies, and an amazing Weather exhibit full of hands on stuff to play with, and a machine that created it's own lightning above our heads! I was a bit partial to the Baby Chick Hatchery, though.
At the end of the day, we decided to pop in the MythBusters exhibit. It was fun trying out all the Myths they had there, like pulling a sheet off of a table without breaking dishes, and getting dressed as a superhero in a phone booth. The end of the exhibit had a live stage show to see if it was possible to dodge a bullet (though they replaced the bullet with a paintball). They needed volunteers, so Wrighteous, a girl, and myself were selected to test our reflexes. Wrighteous was too slow for me and the girl and had to sit back down, and in the end, my reflexes were the best; shows why I was so good in the arcade.
In the end, I was able to dodge the paintball when it was fired from a specific distance. It was a lot of fun getting to be a part of the show!