September 23, 2008

Cubs vs. Astros 8/4/08, Oh what a night...










So I realize I'm not a great blogger. I hardly ever find time to update the dang thing, even though I love looking at others blogs. And, although its been over a month since we visited Chicago, I must post pics and an explanation of our Wrigley Field experience on a fine Monday.

It was a night game to be started around 6:00 against Houston. Jason and I had been to Wrigley Field before and of course always have a FABULOUS time. Who couldn't watching the beloved Cubbies play ball? It was our friends Brandon and Stephanie's first game. Brandon is a HUGE HUGE HUGE Cubs fan and was more than excited. We arrived at Wrigley early to enjoy the Wrigley excitement that is always happening blocks around the park, bought some shirts, souvenirs, drinks, food, etc.

The game started and all was fabulous...the weather, the excitement, the crowd, the team, the company we were in. Fun, fun times. We sat through 5 innings and the Astros had a 2-0 lead on the Cubbies. So sad. We were ready for the Cubs to step it up. However, out of nowhere lightening and thunder hit and the rain started to pour like cats and dogs. Luckily, we are not high rollers and were at the very top of the stadium...we lucky poor folks were covered while all the box seaters and bleacher lovers were getting pounded with rain. We waited around, waited, waited, and watched them cover the infield in record time with the lovely Cubs tarp. We waited some more, waited, but everyone seemed to be sticking around. Someone came on the PA at some point and said something we could not understand or hear clearly. So, we waited and watched the incredible lightening storm that was going on all around us. It was CRaZY!! Finally, after what seemed like forever (maybe 30-45 minutes) these horrendous sirens went off, but not a lot of people were moving. We were like, should we stay, or should we go? Even though we didn't want to go. So, we stuck around until they went off again and someone came screaming around telling us to get downstairs now! Tornado warnings. WHAT??!!!

At this point Jason and Brandon were loving it! Jason loves crazy storms, crazy weather, adrenaline, "Feeling ALIVE!" to quote him, etc. etc. Well, when we finally started moving down the ramp it was raining sideways and the wind was blowing I don't even know how many mph, and we were all soaked from head to toe within maybe 3 seconds. CRAZY!! But, pretty wild and fun.

We finally made it downstairs to the "safe zone" and waited and waited more. Turns out maybe 2 hours. Well, they didn't cancel the game, they just "delayed" it. But, after hours of soaking in our wet clothes and finding out the women's bathrooms were flooded we decided to head home.

Jason, Brandon, and my little bro Tom headed back to Wrigley later that night as they resumed the game. Upon returning they lucked out and could pretty much sit anywhere so they sat right behind home plate for a few more innings and then the game got DELAYED yet again. This time they went home for the night and the game was eventually canceled and the poor Cubbies lost.

It was very fun and quite the experience. We look forward to future games with no tornado warnings. To read more on that night click here. :-)

View from our room

View from our room

Cool outdoor cafe/bar on beach in CR

Cool outdoor cafe/bar on beach in CR

Langosta Beach, CR

Langosta Beach, CR

Zip Lining...mucho fun!

Zip Lining...mucho fun!

The Parque Nacional Santa Rosa

The Parque Nacional Santa Rosa

Preserve of Monteverde & Santa Elena Reserve

Preserve of Monteverde  & Santa Elena Reserve

Iguanas and lizards everywhere

Iguanas and lizards everywhere

Howler monkeys

Howler monkeys

Off road 4X4 tour, only used machete for pics

Off road 4X4 tour, only used machete for pics

Playa Grande, Leatherback Turtle nesting

Playa Grande, Leatherback Turtle nesting