Saturday morning, which I refer to as "hazy", started at 10am meeting in the conference room. When everyone finally straggled in by 11'ish, we'd decided to go to Navy Pier and then see what else to do from there.
We decided to stick together to NP, but then maybe break into small groups and do our own thing. Jewelsy and SFG decided to stick together at the hotel and hang out. Mr. SFG ("Snowman") and Mom SFG ("Snowmom") got a later start and tried to hook up with us but failed, after 4 phone calls. Sher and Mr. Sher, I have no idea...I think they slept in on the Heavenly Beds at the Westin.
As for the rest of us, we hiked a mile or so through a 30-mph guster in 30-ish degree weather wearing very thin jackets to the train station. We eventually figured out the ticket system, and hopped on the train into town. We literally took over a train car, and I think kind of freaked out the 3 or 4 people who dared join us. Funniest moment: Unk, letting go while standing in the aisle and saying "Look, no hands!" just as the train slammed on its brakes.
At the pier, we ended up all staying together (I think we were more "huddled for warmth"), and checking out the pier. We ate lunch, shopped, and bought tickets to the Haunted Ship for $8. Then, since we had to wait an hour to get in line for the ship, we found a bar and had a drink to fortify ourselves for the wait in line. Got in line, got our pic taken, got scared (funniest moment: when a "ghost" jumped out in front of Mrs. Blue Meanie, and she jumped on my back and screamed), froze our butts off, and then decided to leave.
Part 2 coming up...