Saturday, April 17, 2010

A hike and a show

Today was a very busy day: first, we had a dental appointment (which went fine), next we did a hike, and then we went to dinner and a show downtown. Our activities brought us all around the Chicagoland area, but it was a fun day.

The Little Red Schoolhouse hike is always fun. It was a little chilly, but it was nice to get outdoors on a hike again.

This is one of my favorite spots in the Chicagoland area, as we did this hike almost every year when I was a kid. You walk through forests, ponds, marsh, and even some prairie fields.

They built a new nature center, which was kind of out of character for the schoolhouse area. It's kind of a kitschy park and hike, so it was weird to see the futuristic nature center. I'm sure it's state of the art, but it's not as folksy as the rest of the hike and schoolhouse.

Oh, and I checked the forest for morels, and I didn't see any. Still, Dave and I had a fun time walking around in the woods, and we managed to come out of it without any poison ivy!

Chicago in spring is a beautiful thing.

In the evening, we went downtown for dinner and a show with Nora, a friend I met through law school, and her boyfriend Charlie, whom Dave and I had not yet met. We had delicious burgers at Hackney's on Printer's Row, then saw David Sedaris speak at the Auditorium Theatre.

David Sedaris is an amazing author that Dave and I have enjoyed immensely. He exudes dark humor and has led a very interesting life. I have particularly enjoyed his books' stories about his Greek grandmother, about hitch-hiking, and about learning French and Japanese.

He read aloud from some stories he'd written in the last few years, including a set of animal fables about to be published, an essay about airport travel, a half-finished essay about French medicine, and some diary entries.

Afterward he was in the lobby signing books, although the line was too long for us to brave. But we did get within a few yards of him.

He's very short, very short indeed.

It was a busy day, but certainly representative of some of our treasured interests: the outdoors, food, friends, and books.

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