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My wife recently celebrated the half-century mark - I know it's not socially politic to mention that, but it's a heck of a milestone so I hope she won't mind - and I surprised her with a five-day trip to The Windy City, Chicago. Here are some memories and highlights of that time.


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We stayed at a ritzy hotel - the Palmer House Hilton - this is the lobby. The hotel went through a $170 million restoration, which included the ceiling. It was restored by the same man who had restored the Sistine Chapel. The ornate candelabra lighting fixtures are solid gold. At the far end of the lobby (up the steps) is The Empire Room, where many celebrities performed for years. (Click photo for larger image)

I get up at 2:30 in the morning most days and am on the clock by 4:30 a.m. and usually on the road within minutes after that. This is my standard view out the front windshield at that time of day.

A windmill farm up near Ubly. I didn't even know we had those in Michigan.


I am particularly fond of this shot of a sailboat moored in the man-made harbor at Lexington, Michigan. Love the composition.

When you're on the road as early as I am, you see a fair amount of sunrises. This one is from M-46 heading east toward Deckerville.

I just love the way the sunshine spreads its beams around this cloud. As if it's saying nothing will keep it from shining. This was taken from Interstate 69 heading east toward Flint.

Mist rising off the Flint River near Montrose.

The symmetry and stark bleakness of this barren tree near the shore of Lake Huron grabbed my eye.

A unique mailbox somewhere between Croswell and Applegate.