Sunday, March 29, 2009

Country Roads, Take Me Home

Blue Ridge Parkway, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.  This was right near where the Appalachian Trail follows.  I actually saw numerous "AT" signs.

I had a great weekend!  On Friday, I went to turn in my 11 page research paper that I stayed up ALL NIGHT doing the night before.  I was delirious.  I was sleep deprived.  I was so happy to turn in that darn paper!  It was for my political science class and the topic was Female Child Soldiers used in Third World Armies.  It was extremely interesting to research and write, but it was just a long and pain-staking process! 

This weekend was exciting for me - one of my best friends from high school goes to James Madison University (in VA) and she invited me to come up and visit her this weekend, along with 2 of our other best friends who came from UMD and Penn State.  AHHH!  I was so excited that I didn't have a rugby game so that I was able to go!  I was supposed to leave Friday after my classes, but I was so exhausted from working on that paper, that I decided to be safe and leave early Saturday morning.

The drive up was absolutely gorgeous.  For a portion of the drive, I was on The Virginia Byway, which is fantastically breathtaking at times.  I was also on the Blue Ridge Parkway - look it up, it's amazing.  The drive up was early in the morning, and it was pretty chilly, so I drove through a good deal of fog and was unable to see the extent of the beauty of The Blue Ridge Mountains.  Luckily, during my drive home today, the weather was perfect - like 65, sunny, slightly breezy, with big puffy clouds in the sky.  So, I pulled over numerous times to take it all in.  I was so happy, and so in my element.

But - the important and best part of the trip was the part in between the drives!  It was sooo good to see Meredith, Maria, and Theresa!  I miss them so much, and it's rare that we're all home at the same time anymore, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We got to meet a lot of Maria's friends from school, and went to this crazy Frat dance party.  Usually, Frat parties aren't really my scene, but Maria knows all of the brothers in this fraternity, so it was good to meet/see them and also good to dance!  

It was a great weekend, but now it's back to the grind... I have lots of work to do for my three exams coming up this week!


erin - heart in ireland said...

I looove the Blue Ridge Parkway!
Sounds like an amazing weekend :)

I love the phone so far! The website is - it is great!

That game reminded me how much I love lacrosse - and miss watching games!

Anonymous said...

i'm so glad you had fun. and it was SO good to see you.

i missed you, kris.

Olivia said...

Awesome picture! The trip sounds like it was amazing.

Have you read the book "Same Kind of Different as Me?" I am nearly done with it and it makes me think of you when I read it. Very inspiring. I can send you my copy, if you like.