I’m not putting up all the pictures I took in Chicago because I have posted many Chicago pictures in the past.
But here we are on top of the Willis Tower – on the edge of the ledge. And no, stepping out on the ledge doesn’t bother me. I feel safe and if I feel safe, I’m perfectly fine with height. After all, where else do you get such a great view than being skyhigh?
“Well, if you’re a native Chicagoan, you know how dumb he [Dr. Robert Hartley] is. He gets on the Ravenswood El, he goes past his stop on Sheridan Road, he gets off in Evanston, where the El is on the ground, and then he walks back 55 blocks to his apartment. Now, would you want to have that man as a psychologist? A man who misses his stop every day?” (Bob Newhart)
We did finally make it to the Mississippi – and we actually did see a few eagles. The day was still pewter-gray, but dismally fascinating.
Two hours, 15 minutes into our tour we hit the Chautauqua room which had some fascinating models of Dixon and the Rock River Assembly. Again Bill explained everything in detail — until we finally decided that we truly had to go.
Which meant that we never did get to the Smithsonian Space Exhibit.
Or the Walgreen room because Charles Walgreen also came from Dixon.
So we did a quick trip through the gift shop.
And headed west.
By this time we had been on our run-in-run-out-ten minute tour for more than a hour. After the farm exhibit was the Reagan sixth grade classroom, fixed up exactly like it would’ve been when Ronnie was a sixth grader. From there we went to the Reagan room that was all about his history with many certificates and memorabilia that he donated.
Our tour guide Bill was in his element – he knew Reagan and had spent five days with him in his Simi Valley house. He was very excited to tell us everything he knew.
Our run-in-run-out tour was now up to two hours – and we had learned a lot.