...but I'm back home for a few days. The hotel we stayed at in Naperville, IL (a little berg outside of Chicago) charged for wireless, so you know that the Big Walu and I weren't going to go there; unfortunately, that meant the only internet access was through my iPhone, which, while I dearly love it, is still kind of a a pain to use for blog posting or longish emails. Sadly, we didn't discover until the day before we left that the hotel was right next door to a Starbucks and that we can use wireless for free there since we have just been assimilated by the ATT/Apple Borg. Quelle revelation! Ah well, at least we'll know better next time.
But now that I'm home and re-connected to the interwebs, I thought I'd do a little posting-catch-up. I'll start with this terrific photo of me and my friend Dawn at the Morton Arboretum in Naperville. Dawn and I met through an online forum for Masters Runners several years ago, and though we've corresponded virtually since forever, we've never met in the real world until last week (kind of like the modern day version of pen-pals!). She lives in a little town nearby, so when she found out we were coming up, she offered to meet me for lunch and a little garden touring.
Dawn was just as nice in real life as she is in the virtual, the Morton Arboretum was absolutely lovely, the weather was perfect, and I had a cheeseburger for lunch--so all in all, it was a banner day. Since Dawn and I are both runners, we thought it appropriate to stand in front of the "No Runners" sign:
I leave again next Monday, and since I will be traveling out of the country, I'm guessing my internet connection will be even more spotty than it was this last trip. So be looking for some Bike Garden radio silence in a few days...
In the meantime, I'll be doing a little posting on some public spaces I saw in Chi-town, as well as some thoughts on the seasonal rhythm of gardening.