A rather adventurous month. Arlynna and I did a lot of fun things and ate a lot of good food!
We kicked off the first weekend of Arlynnas birthday month with a very spontaneous late night drive (12ish/1am) to Joshua Tree to do some star gazing as well as catch the sunrise in Cholla Gardens. It was so incredible to see in person. I really wish I could have captured the night sky with my phone. It was crazy how many stars you could see and how bright the moon was. At I’d say 2 am the moon fell behind some mountains and the stars became even more pronounced. Definitely something I’d suggest everyone to witness in person at least once.
We slept for a few hours in the car which was actually a lot comfier than it sounds. At about 5:45ish/6 am we started to chase down the sunrise as we made our way to the Cholla Gardens.
Once we got there we were mesmerized by everything and taken away by the sunrise that was starting to take place.
Tried capturing the sunrise as best I could.
All the lovely scenery.
The following weekend Moya came over and we rented a wet vac to clean up our seats. What night and day difference! It’s like they are brand new again!
Shelby not wanting me to clean my floor mats…
Organized my work bench and then put the seats up there and out of the way of anything to keep them clean! I actually still need to wrap them in something so they don’t get dusty…
Got a cool cup from a nice night trip to Disneyland!
Finally time for us to fly out to Chicago for Arlynnas birthday!!
This time around we made sure we got there at least 2 hours early only for our flight to be delayed 2 hours. What are the odds haha. Oh well. We weren’t gonna let that get the best of us. ALSO. DO NOT FLY SPIRIT AIRLINES. It had to have been the most uncomfortable flight ever. And they charge for literally everything.
We finally arrived, got our luggage, rental, and checked in to our hotel. Then Chob picked us up from our hotel to take us to a classic local spot Gene and Judes!
I’m typically not a fan of hot dogs but man were these good!!
Simba, Josh, and Marylou had also met up with us here to eat and hang out. It was so nice to get to see everyone again.
From here we went and picked up Chob’s fiancee Gen, hung out at Mels new house for a little bit while they watched the baseball game that was going on, and then we were off to head into the city!
It was POURING rain. But I really enjoyed it. I felt it added more to the experience. Everything looks nicer in rain also. We walked like not even half a block and got soaked hahah but we finally made it to this really neat Ping Pong bar.
Some very late night Chinese Food.
Called it a night and headed back to the hotel so we could get up for breakfast/brunch the next day.
Funny side note. I had fallen asleep on the couch in our hotel room while Arlynna showered and then woke up rather confused as to where I was at like 3am. Only to find out she didn’t wake me up and took the bed for herself hahahahah
Chob and Gen picked us up from our hotel once again. Which we can’t thank them enough for cause it helped so much seeing as we had no idea of where anything was.
We made our way to Sarkis for brunch by the time we got there.
The food was soo goood. They had these amazing cheesy hashbrowns that I could not get enough of. I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of my food hahah
After this they took us on a really nice drive through some very extravagant neighborhoods which led us to a nice private beach.
Got to see the gorgeous Baha’i Church. This place gave off such a positive vibe and had such a warm feel to it.
Made our way to downtown.
Took a drive through “Lower Wacker” where they filmed some parts of the latest Batman movies.
Arlynna bundling up seeing as it was a bit cold for us haha
Started to walk along the Chicago river to look at all the amazing buildings.
Got to see the BEAN!!
Did some more walking around and stopped at a cupcake truck.
Watched the clouds clear up in literally seconds.
Walked over a few more blocks to get to the Nutella Cafe!
Left there to get back to the cars so we could drive over to the Planetarium and look at the Skyline!
First we had to take a picture with this bronze bull. (It wasn’t until moments before this picture that we realized we were matching. Which I got really excited about)
Saw this really silly “slippery when wet” signage.
Now the incredible Chicago Skyline. Pictures do not do this justice in the slightest.
Josh and I nearly got washed out when we went down to where the water was and a wave decided to come up and say hello haha
Time for the ultimate experience. CHICAGO DEEPDISH PIZZA.
They took us to their personal favorite spot “Pequods”. It was everything we had dreamt about.
Such an incredible day with incredible people. Chicago is such a beautiful place filled with beautiful people.
Monday was Arlynnas offical birthday! Made our way to a coffee/pastry place that Chob and Gen suggested. Everything was delicious as expected and then we drove in to the city to do some tourist things such as look at “Sears Tower”.
For those who know me know I’m horrified of heights. I tried to suck it up as best I could for the sake of being somewhere new and being adventurous. But after about 20 ish minutes I started to get a bit dizzy and light headed hahah I felt bad because I was kind of a party pooper for this part of the day.
It was an incredible view from up there though!!
But this is where the real fun began.
It’s tradition that Arlynna gets pizza on her birthday so what a better way to keep that tradition alive with Chicago Deep Dish Pizza!!
Excitement could not be contained.
Both Pequods and Lou Malnatis were so incredible and there’s no way I could choose between the two. They were both the best pizzas I’ve ever had.
That night we met up Chob, Gen, Mel, Andrew, Angel, and Simba for wings. Sadly I forgot to snap pics of everything to show the envoirment and food.
It was a lot of fun cause we coincidentally went on a free bingo night which spiced things up hahah
Tuesday which was our last full day sadly. Arlynna and I made a small trip to Touge Factory before we went back to some stores in the city to get some stuff to take back home to our families.
Super cool place with a very nice staff! Thanks to Nick for the small tour and finding shirts in my size!
(Arlynna showing off my sweater that she decided to wear haha)
Also made another walk around the park to only find out that the huge fountain we really wanted to see was off for the day. Either way we still enjoyed ourselves and the weather.
One more drive over to the Planetarium before we leave to take a look at the city skyline.
It also definitely lived up to it’s name “The Windy City”
After gathering up the gifts we wanted to take home we headed to Chobs house so we could all go to dinner.
Finally got to see his car in person! It’s so freakin cool and sounds insane.
From there it was off to Simbas house to meet up with Josh, Angel, and Andrew for some ramen!
A little before the trip I had reached out to some people I have talked to over the years thanks to this blog and social media. And with the help of Josh and Chob contacting everyone they could we were able to put on a nice car meet!
It was at a local Boba spot called Cafe Hause and they had amazing Ice Cream waffles.
Everyones car there looked amazing and the atmosphere is so different to what you’d get at a car meet here in California. There’s a way more welcoming presence there. Much like how car meets here were like 6+ years ago. People just getting together and sharing knowledge and appreciating one anothers car.
Me being the space head I am I forgot to charge my phone so I missed out on taking pictures of mulitple cars sadly. But Am so thanful for all that showed up and for Josh and Chob for helping put it all together for Arlynna and I.
Mike (s14 on kai’s) and I have talked back and forth for awhile with updates on our cars or animals hahah so I was really really excited to finally get to meet him in real life as well as see his car in person. Hence why I took a lot of pictures of it. When you look at this car in pictures you think “wow. This is an insanley cool car.” but when you see it in person. It’s different. There’s the cliche “pictures don’t do it justice” But it’s true. You can’t get the feel of this car just from pictures. It’s different with all these cars. You just have to stop and really look at them and you get a feel for all the effort and time and thought that goes in to them. How each part is choosen carefully to accent something else. I know it sounds corny but I guess that goes with anyones hobby. If you’ve worked on something long enough you can tell when someone else has put there all into something and these cars are a perfect example of that.
It’s finally time to head home. I definitely wish we had stayed a few more days. The Chicago area is such a beautiful place.
Got ready, loaded up the car, and headed out for breakfast.
The pancakes were so good!!
Our flight was later on in the afternoon so we did some driving around and site seeing.
We also decided to put in an order for another Malnatis pizza to have before the flight hahaha IT’S SO GOOD.
Enjoying before our flight.
Look at how happy it makes us.
We made it back home around 9 or 10pm if I remember correctly so we just called it a night.
Took an extra day off for the heck of it and finally got new tires for the CE’s!
235/40/17 RS-RR and 255/40/17 RS-RR
After that we made our way over to Disneyland in the afternoon which seems to now be a tradition when we get back from somewhere haha
We went around being tourists taking pictures with characters and doing some of the little drawing classes in California Adventure.
It’s never a dull time there. With the right company it’s the best.
That weekend I went to work on the Z and adjusted the ride height in the rear as well as the camber cause the tire was touching the fender as well as I felt it looked odd at the height it was at with that tire size.
I’m pleased with the outcome! I do wish they sold a smaller profile tire though.
The following weekend Moya had just got his car back from paint and needed a hand swapping subframes before assembling all the aero and getting it back on the road. I went over on Sunday and we got to work!
Didn’t take nearly as long as I thought. Maybe like 1.5 to 2 hours? Then we went right to getting the ride height adjusted to accommodate for the new subframe risers.
With all the new aero and wheels the car looks insanely good. I loved the look of his car before and didn’t think it could get much better but holy crap did this car evolve. It may still be a red s13 as before but this is a totally different car now. It’s what perfect looks like to me.
Wish I was able to get day time pictures. I will this weekend when we hang out for sure.
So that’s that. October came and went way too fast if you ask me. We are now one week in to November and I’m almost done with all my Christmas shopping thankfully and am now just putting money aside to hopefully take advantage of any shops that have black friday sales so I can get anything I need for the Z.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!