Behind This Month’s Featured Photo | August 2017

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Hi there! If you didn’t notice when 12 and Beyond reopened from the Project: 12 and Beyond update, there is now a footer on 12 and Beyond!

If you scroll to the bottom of this blog on any post or page, you’ll see three things: a calendar, an email signup, and a featured photo! I’ll be updating that photo each month, and so I thought I’d share the story behind this month’s photo, shown below.

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Looking up from the base of the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier.

I took this picture looking up from the base of the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago, while I was on a cross country trip back in June. For pictures, stories, & more on the trip, check out here.

This particular wheel, however, is special. From a glance, it might just be another Ferris wheel, but it actually replaced the wheel that stood before it at Navy Pier, and was installed of the 100th anniversary of Navy Pier.

If you knew me, you’d know that, at some point in my life, I was obsessed with Ferris wheels. Don’t ask me why. But of course, I had riding the Centennial Wheel in the back of my mind when we were in Chicago. And so we rode it.

And it’s quite massive. Yet, unlike so many other Ferris wheels that I have ridden, it’s a very smooth ride. To be honest, the ride wasn’t incredibly satisfying, because it didn’t feel like a Ferris wheel. You’re enclosed, it’s ever slow moving, and it’s almost too smooth. There was nothing that exciting about it- except for, of course, the view. Though most of the pictures I took from on the wheel (I suppose that’s a benefit of an enclosed pod- you can use a camera) were blurry, you do get a beautiful view of Chicago and the shore.

And I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the ride, though- because I still did. The picture you see, though, was one of my favorites from the trip. You’re just looking up from the base, craning your neck to see the top of the massive wheel, and you get to see the fascinating ‘inner workings’ of the Ferris wheel at a totally different view.

Navy Pier was a lot of fun, as was my entire trip. Using the link I put above, you’ll be able to view several photo galleries from the trip, which included the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, photos from the train, and a lot more.

Stay tuned next month for a new photo! Thanks for reading!

Gabe

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