Kansas is not exactly the place I would dream of when planning a weekend road trip getaway with my lovely boyfriend, but for some reason when Grayson told me he was headed for Kansas State University for the weekend and wanted me to join I'm was so stoked. For days leading up to the adventure I was giddy... It's silly to be giddy about Kansas, and people may have made fun of me for talking about my plans every day leading up to the trip - but man was I excited! On Friday it began as any normal day, a few hours of early morning class - ew - and of to work for 4 hours, luckily I am working in a preschool class so the kiddos helped put me in an even better mood, I was very ready for our weekend road trip. A quick meeting with my landlord and future roommates to sign a lease for my Junior year house which turned into an hour started to make me anxious to leave.
Finally I was home and packing my bags, Grayson and I were off and ready to begin our 8 hour journey to our lovely next door neighbor state. A few stops for snacks and gas made the trip feel like forever, luckily Grayson drove most of the way there! We pulled up to K-State around 2 am... hoping that Graysons buddies were still awake and still willing to let us sleep on their couch - oh were they awake! We caught up with them for over an hour, and finally got some shut eye! We had an exciting day planned for Saturday, it was Fake Pattys Day at K-State - a fun holiday the college kids celebrate every year a week before St.Patricks Day. Lots of green shirts and pinching later we were in the heart of Manhattan Kansas in Aggieville, where the party really was. We spent the day people watching and eating Olive Garden. Not traditional Fake Pattys Day but honestly who can resist those breadsticks? Grayson drove me around campus and showed me all the places he spent his time when he attended K-State, its a beautiful campus and I'm actually kinda jealous... That night Graysons dorm roommate and best friend in Kansas brought us to his Fraternity Chapters Fake Pattys Day party and it was so fun seeing how Greek Life is at other schools, I even met a Sigma Kappa! I had buckets of fun meeting all of Graysons old friends and seeing where he spent his first ever semester of college, but it was already Sunday, we said goodbye to friends and it was time to head back home.
An 8 hour drive can get tedious, so Gray decided to make a quick pitstop in a little town he said I would love, Lindsborg - the most Swedish - ish place I've ever seen, oh it was wonderful. This little town felt pretty closed up, even for a Sunday - so we walked around and checked out the gift shops, looked at too many Dala horses and debated buying mini Swedish flags. Happy to spend a little time on the drive stopping somewhere fun I was ready to head home. The longest drive I've ever experienced was shorter than that drive... I was ready to be back in my own bed.
Weekend getaways, even to just Colorados next door neighbor, are something I am very grateful for. Long drives can be tough - but they remind me that I have the ability to go on small adventures everyday. Life truly is just one big adventure and I couldn't ask for anything more.
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