Quite honestly, we did almost nothing the day after the wedding, since we stayed up until 3:00 a.m., and slept in until 10:00 a.m. – only to have breakfast and fall back asleep until almost 1:00 p.m. (to be fair, 10:00 a.m. California time).
We did manage a quick jog around the neighborhood and into Valparaiso University later in the day. We spotted a cute little beer joint just a couple of blocks away, and decided to come back later when we had money and a recovered appetite for alcohol. This charming neighborhood brewery was run out of a house, with several people who looked like local regular seated at the bar. They did not serve food, but there were several homemade dishes brought for sharing by other bar patrons, including cheese, crackers, smoked salmon, among other goodies. This is the type of place I could certainly see myself frequenting if I lived nearby.
The next day was a bit more productive. Frank drove us out to Indiana Dunes State Park, where we did some hiking in the sand, and enjoyed the view of lake Michigan.
We hit up a local brewery with the newlyweds for some beer tasting late in the afternoon. In the early evening, we switched things up and tried something new – we went rollerblading at a roller rink. Jenn probably hadn’t put on rollerblades in over 20 years, and the place was pretty much crawling with teenagers, but it was definitely a unique time.
After getting our fill of this quirky activity, we headed back to Frank’s house, and sat by the fire in the backyard with some beers.
The next morning, we left around dawn, and got dropped off in Chicago to walk around the city before flying home. We grabbed some coffee and had a nice stroll in the city through museum campus, and along Lake Michigan. Thus concluded our first trip without Vale, on October 6, 2019.