The White City

Good trip today! I was out for about 5 hours though, so my ass is going to be very sore tomorrow (but then again, when isn’t it?). I was worried that it would rain all day today, but when I woke up I saw a grey haze hanging over everything. I rode up to New Wave to get some coffee to ease a slight hangover and was fairly grossed out by the weather - extremely humid & damp, but chilly at the same time. The worst of both worlds. Enough complaining, though.

I decided to head over to the Garfield Park Conservatory, which was having an ‘urban gardening fair’ for Earth Day. I’ve never spent any time in Garfield Park, and as expected, there are some pretty grim sections of it - tons of empty lots and factories, so much so that I felt like I was in Detroit (disclaimer: I have never been to Detroit).

I headed down Sacramento past North, Grand and Chicago, and then took Franklin over to Central Park, down to the Conservatory, which: wow! how great is this place?? Way, way better than the Lincoln Park Conservatory, which I have never been very impressed with. In Pittsburgh, I grew up going to the fantastic Phipps Conservatory, and this one really reminded me of it. It’s huge! There were tons of interesting booths and vendors set up for the fair, and composting demonstrations, and little kids playing classical guitar (badass). I bought some seeds & asparagus, walked around, and checked out the plants. 

The conservatory also has a beautiful Chihuly piece installed in a pond at the center of one of the greenhouses, these huge yellow and orange water lily-esque discs. Love it.

I took so many pictures of cool plants that I’m going to make those ones a seperate post. All in all, a good ride - especially after a very busy week. I love feeling more and more confident as I spend more time on my new bike. And if you haven’t been to the Conservatory, I highly recommend it - and it’s free!

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