June 14, 2010 by Nicole
The last few days, Randy and I have been on vacation for the first time in a few years. We camped for a night up near Marquette, MI, where we had planned to stay for a few days of camping, hiking, and moose watching. Due to all of the rain, there was a last minute change of plans and we spent the remainder of our vacation as Chicago tourists.
The contrast bewteen Marquette and Chicago is certainly like night and day, and I am reminded how much value there is in the quiet of the country and the woods. After only two days in the city, I found myself wondering how people who live in the city can stand to be around that much noise all of the time! It’s a novelty to soak in the hubbub of the busy city streets for a day or two, but while sitting down to dinner with Randy at Gino’s East for his favorite Chicago deep dish, it makes me wonder how people must get so used to the constant noise of the city and not be aware how much that noise crowds out quiet.
In the upper penninsula, there’s a good deal of noise too–rushing streams, thundering waterfalls, birds, squirrels, crickets, trees rustling in the breeze, and the patter of raindrops, but it’s all very nice to listen to. While I loved the momentary excitement of Chicago’s daily buzz, I am still looking forward to going back to the upper penninsula–with just a little less rain next time.