Found this cache and this cache in the Lincoln Park area. Both were easy virtuals and a very short distance apart. After that, I went for a bit of a drive around the area. Pretty weird place. Narrow and hilly roads, dirt roads, secluded mansions... so close to I-287 and yet miles away from the nearest intersection. Found a lake but it was fenced up so there was no cache-hiding potential there. Also found yellow trail blazes joining up with the road. May have to see where that goes if I return.
While upgrading vim on my laptop, I noticed that '_vimrc' works as the config file name under Linux too, in addition to the usual '.vimrc'. Pretty cool because now, I don't even have to bother renaming that file when copying it from a Windows vim installation to a Linux vim installation. And as always, the same '_vimrc' works under both OSes, which is very good considering the large number of custom macros, functions, etc it contains. Ahh... platform independence in a text editor. (I guess some emacs users are going to have a few words to say about this too. :) ) Wonder if anyone has a script to post to LJ from vim.
Also re-tested the laptop's PPP setup and the wireless internet. Works but a bit finicky. Should work well enough near the interstate with all those cellular towers that look like fake pine trees.
The packing continues. Will be heading out Saturday morning.