We are at CiderCon, the national conference for cidermakers. Some big snow storm dumped a foot and a half of snow right before we got here. The roads are clear, but it is cold, nasty and not going to improve out there.
All that is the same as last year. What’s different is that, when we picked up our badges, one of the conference hosts told us about the Chicago Pedway, a mostly underground interconnected walkway that runs all over downtown. All sorts of businesses operate in the Pedway, from donuts to dry cleaners. You could literally do 95% of your life business, doctoring, get a key made, grab food and get a massage and never step out into the weather.
The Pedway is short on posted maps–you pretty much have to have a plan on how to get from point A to B, because the phone maps don’t overlay the subway map. Other than that, it’s been a great discovery.
We did do a bit of outdoor walkabout this afternoon during a break, to soak up the Chicago vibe-big architecture, big business, big lake, big wind, big ambitions. We love life on the farm but getting to the big city is energizing every now and again. Not for too long, but there are a few more restaurants and a blues club or two to hit up before we head back to the ranch. In between cider learning, of course.