My first priority was get all my stuff moved back into the RV and Tracker from my rented storage unit nearby. This was my first experience renting a storage unit, and it was great!
CubeSmart had an 5 x 5 x 8 unit for only $18/mo (plus a $25 initial admin fee), and it worked out great to keep my non-essentials stored there for a month.
All my worldly possessions easily occupying a 5 x 5 storage unit!
With that chore now done, I started trying to nail down my summer travels. I originally had planned to head to the PacNW for the summer, but with a big Mexico trip planned for the Fall, I was now starting to reconsider such an ambitious itinerary.
Just as a new "Jello" plan was forming to spend a leisurely summer in Wisconsin, the U.P., and Minnesota, I happened to see a last-minute vacancy posted on Volunteer.gov for a Volunteer Interpretive Ranger at Bryce Canyon National Park....pretty much a dream job with a timeframe that fit my availability perfectly. Figuring "what the heck," I went ahead and applied. Two weeks later, I was called and offered the job! Jello plans would now change once more!
After my quick vacation week in Wisconsin, I returned back to Chicago for 2 more weeks to help my sisters with a few of their projects, finish up my chores, and stock up provisions for spending the next few months in the outback of southern Utah.
In the midst of all this activity, Winnie's coach door electric steps started making a horrendous noise whenever they were extended. A bit of online searching seemed to point to the plastic gears in the motor wearing out. Amazon Prime happened to have new motors for only $60 bucks, so I figured it couldn't hurt to order one and try installing it myself. I thought I'd use the opportunity to shoot my first YouTube "How To" video, and incredibly, replacing my Kwikee Electric Step Motor turned out to be a fairly easy repair!
Of course, my RVing neighbors likely thought I was nuts talking out loud to myself while crawling under my RV with a GoPro strapped to my head!!!
With projects now complete, I spent my final few days in Chicago just kicking back and enjoying the prairie. The purple coneflowers were in full bloom!
the lightening bugs abundant--
and the sunsets continued to be magnificent!
There was just one final thing to do to make my Chicago summer complete-- attend a Cubs game at Wrigley Field (especially, with this being such a history-making year for my favorite baseball team)!
My friend Carla, a lifelong Cubs fanatic, used her magic to scare up a pair of tickets to the Cubbies' July 4th home game against the Cincinnati Reds. What a perfect way to spend my final day in Chicago!
Off we went to Wrigley!
The National Anthem featured a gigantic American Flag on the field for the Independence Day celebration...
Kyle Hendricks pitched a great game....
While the Cubs hitters filled up the scoreboard for an easy 10-4 win against the last place Reds...
A final goofy selfie before singing "Go Cubs Go" at the end of the game, made it the perfect end to my visit with friends and family back in Chicago.
Fingers, toes, and eyes are now crossed that this might finally, FINALLY, be the Cubbies' year to break their curse and win the World Series (prayers please!!!).