What could be more fun on a beautiful summer evening than an exciting Cubs game at Wrigley Field?  The temperatures were in the low 80’s and high 70’s with a light breeze as the sun slowly set over the Chicago skyline.  People were getting off at Addison Avenue, walking from neighbor hoods and parked cars.  Vendors were selling their wears in the streets and sidewalks and bars like Murphy’s were packed with early arrivers to the game.

Sunset over Chicago
Sunset over Chicago
Coming to the Ball Park
Coming to the Ball Park
Sunset over Wrigley Field
Sunset over Wrigley Field





The Mariners started out with a home run and a run batted in for each of the first three innings. At the top of the 4th, the Cubs were down 6 to 0, a tough hole to begin the first third of the game.  Ironically the Mariners walked two cubs in the 4th and Rizzo struck out with three men on base.  At the Bottom of the 9th the Mariners were leading 6 to 3 when the Cubs came to bat.  No way could they pull this off, right!  Wrong.  The Cubs went on to win the game at the bottom of the 12th with a score of 7 to 6.

Cubs on First
Cubs on First
Rizzo Strikes Out with 3 Men on Base
Rizzo Strikes Out with 3 Men on Base
Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field








This was a fun event for family, grandparents and their grandchildren, young and old couples, and friends getting together for a good time.  It happens all over the US every spring, summer and fall.

Pacifica Trip Diary – Day 21

Day 21: January 28, 2014

Today is the last leg of my trip home and something like back to the future.  I leave South Korea at 11:40 am on Tuesday and arrive at Chicago, Illinois at 9:00 am on Tuesday.  The flight was about 13 hours.  I had the same good service I had on other Korean Air flights.  I left at -9F from Chicago and returned to -9F.  In between my ranged from a high of 95F in Cairns, to a cool 70F in Queensland, to 40F in Inchon.  These were all daytime temperatures.

I returned home and began the process of unpacking and preparing for work which began the next day.

Trip Statistics



Travel Days
Flight (Jet) Hours
Flight (Prop) Hours
Helicopter Hours
Distance Traveled by Jet
Airports (non duplicated count)
Jet Boat Hours
Bus Hours
Cab Hours
Walking Hours

Cities/Towns visited

—Inchon, South Korea
—Brisbane, Australia
—Cairns, Australia
—Port Douglas, Australia
Mossman, Australia
Kuranda, Australia
—Sydney, Australia
—Christchurch, New Zealand
—Hokitika, New Zealand
—Arthur Pass, New Zealand
—Makarora, New Zealand
—Wanaka, New Zealand
—Arrowtown, New Zealand
—Queenstown, New Zealand—


Green Island
Norman Reef
Michaelmas Cay

Pacifica Trip Diary – Day 1

Day 1: January 8, 2014

Today I began  a  three-year adventure to Australia, New Zealand, and a side trip to South Korea.  I am going to attempt to summarize each day with feature articles to follow upon my return.

One lesson for travelers is to be prepared for anything or at least accepting of change. The first leg of my trip, a train to Chicago was canceled.  I was at work and planned to leave in the evening. Well that plan changed, but I did make it to Chicago and my hotel room was ready.  Yea.  Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

An Hour in Chicago

What do you do in Chicago when the weather is great and you only have an hour? Take a walk. Chicago has many parks throughout the city of various sizes and uses. There is usually someone using basket ball courts, playground equipment, listening to concerts, skate boarding, or walking among the flowers and trees. My wife and I had some time to kill while waiting to meet some friends so we drove to Grant Park from our hotel, found reasonable parking and hoofed it for an hour.  Our first sight was Buckingham Fountain.

Buckingham Fountain

It was in full operation and beautiful. From this vantage point, we could see various views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Everything looked fresh and clean. The sky was blue, temperature in the 70’s with the sun peering out among a few clouds.

Chicago Skyline

Chicago Skyline

At about 10:00 am we decided to walk along the lake so we crossed Lake Shore Drive to the sidewalk surrounding the lake by the Chicago Yacht Club  basin.  A few sailboats large motor boats were heading out to the lake.  Pedestrian traffic at this hour on Sunday morning was light.  We passed a tour group on cycles and a few bicyclists. We didn’t have time to make it to the beech, but the day before we drove along Lake Shore and saw hundreds of people enjoying the beautiful weather at the beach near North Avenue.


We enjoyed our brief walk in Chicago on a beautiful Sunday morning. Next time we will plan to take more time to enjoy Chicago’s beautiful park system.