After what seems like months of back and forth, rainy, cold, and overcast weekends, Chicago had an (almost) full weekend of sunshine. It may have been hot and humid, but it was sunny, and dang it, we were gonna enjoy it! So minus today's inside only dissertation workday, the rest of the weekend was spend outside, enjoying some much needed Chicago sunshine!
Fruity drinks on the patio? Yes please.
My love affair with pina coladas is out of this world. They are worth every single one of their 9,000 calories. So much so, I had two :)
We tried a new spot for dinner on Friday (thanks Groupon Now for the push) and we were pleasantly surprised. A Friday fish fry, a huge outdoor patio, and pina coladas on special. Does it get any better?
After a slow moving Saturday morning (oh how I love waking up without an alarm), we headed to the Morton Arboretum to enjoy the sun at one of Chicago's best outdoor spots.
As soon as I saw the maze garden, my Harry Potter geek meter went off, playing a million Goblet of Fire scenarios in my mind. But after thinking back to our previous corn maze experience, we decided to spare ourselves the anxiety/agony and just enjoy the maze from above.
Pretty flowers, happy little bee.
For lunch we packed a picnic and found a great little spot near the lake to unfold our blanket.
The view, looking up, from our picnic blanket. I'm hardly the "outdoorsy type" but even I can't deny this loveliness.
After lunch, I caught up with Harry and his friends, in preparation for the upcoming movie. July 15...anyone else counting down?!
The Arboretum has over 1,700 acres of gardens, woods, and lakes, so it truly is impossible to experience everything in a visit, so after our picnic, Matt and I agreed to hike the trail to Big Rock. I was slightly unprepared for the hike as I thought it would be more of a "stroll through heavily manicured gardens." Not entirely lol. So after a little bit of whining, I calmed down and we set off for a solid hour hike.
I can't help but laugh at this picture. A little lost and a lot hot, we pause for a break, and in true fashion, Matt turns to the map and I turn to the camera. We make a good pair us two :)