I always hear people talking about Spring Break trips with their best friends, and suddenly I find that I have befriended a green monster of jealously. Every year I hoped and prayed that I would be the one talking about their Spring Break trip. Well, I finally am! On March 15th, 2010 I would leave with my mom for our college visit trip. I was NOT excited at all. I finally had the perfect spring break planned until she had to go and decide we would spend a few days visiting colleges together.
On Monday, March 15th we began our nine-hour journey towards Charleston Southern University, in Charleston, South Carolina. We finally arrived at the Wingate hotel right near the campus around midnight. We were extremely exhausted! So we settled into bed and before we knew it we were receiving our 7 a.m. wake up the next day.
We woke up and got ready and walked across the street to the beautiful Charleston Southern University. It was absolutely beautiful! We enjoyed our tour that morning and the new friends that we made in the admissions office. We finished our tour around noon, so we decided to grab lunch. As we sat and ate our lunch my mom said she would like to take me to Foley Beach to see the Atlantic Ocean, and then downtown to see the historic buildings by carriage. I didn’t really want to do these things but I could see how much it would mean to her, so off we went to the see the radiant beach.
Foley Beach was beautiful and calm like nothing I had ever seen, and the buildings downtown were quite the same. That afternoon I heard some of the most memorable stories of my mom’s childhood and I learned that she had some pretty cool memories herself of these places.
After seeing downtown Charleston we left on our five-hour journey to Cullowhee, North Carolina. Best Western River Escape Inn and Suites was beautiful and Western Carolina University was an amazing campus in the mountains and had a great atmosphere. After the tour we enjoyed an afternoon of shopping and talking, and again I found myself amazed at my mom’s stories.
Before dinner we set off towards Bowling Green, Kentucky to visit the beautiful Western Kentucky University. This was supposed to be a six-hour drive but quickly turned into more like eight. It was probably my favorite evening of the whole trip. Along our way we got lost in the mountains of North Carolina, stopped and saw an elk no more than 5 feet from our car, and we played in a foot of snow in the Great Smoky Mountains. These few extra minutes made the journey worth while. We arrived in Kentucky around 2 a.m.
We got up the next day and fell completely in love with the campus at Western Kentucky. We spent the afternoon with family in the area before our five- hour drive home. As my mom drove home I couldn’t help but lay back and look out the window enjoying the scenery and thinking about how much fun I had, had the last couple of days. I learned so much about my mom, her family and life experiences. When I got home I realized that no one could ever take the memories of that trip away from me and that I would remember it for a lifetime. I hope that someday I will be able to tell my daughter all about my spring break trip with my best friend.
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