Alabama Trip Photos

Thursday, April 18, 2013

So, finally, here are the pictures from Dad's and my trip to Alabama a few weeks ago. :-) 

On the road here.  The drive from Arizona to Alabama is about 22 hours....we basically drove it straight, and you can see the rather deleterious effects in this photo.  Coffee helped, lots and lots of coffee.  And of course, we traded off, napping while the other drove.  But when I wanted to sleep most (midnight and beyond) was when I simply couldn't let myself doze.  Dad was on the verge of falling asleep at the wheel at one point and I wasn't much better....and that's when we decided to just pull off and rest a few hours.  A few.  Very few.  We did this whole driving thing in a day and a half! Kind of exhausting, but way better than dragging the whole thing out for days on end.

Our trusty GPS!  The second day of driving, which was pretty much mid-Texas on, we drove through rain the entire time.  Every single state along the way was in downpour!  And I happen to believe we drove through a tornado-ey patch in Mississippi.  It was green, silent, not windy, but super cloudy and rainy.  

The girl we made the trip for!!  She got into the honors program and the whole point of the trip was to be there for her induction ceremony.  It was just a good excuse to visit her, really. :-)

Church on Sunday.

Trusty Waffle House, our road-trip friend.  I always get their chocolate chip waffles (*yum*).   Being in the deep south, everyone is "amen-ing" and "hallelujah-ing" around there, and our meal this particular day was no exception.  While waiting for our food to come, we had a quick prayer.  As soon as I had finished, our waitress, who had been standing next to our table the whole time, placed our check on the table and gave her hearty "A-mayn" to the whole deal, with that super-thick southern accent.  It was pretty funny.  You just don't get that in Arizona. :-)

I spent a few days with Courtney in the dorm, and as I walked with her around campus, met her friends, and went to her classes, everyone  kept telling us how crazy it was that we were nearly identical!  People even thought we talked the same.  They kept laughing that we were like carbon copies of each other.  One person even thought I was Courtney when Courtney was out of the room momentarily.  Do we really look that similar, really?  


And then, on Thursday, the Honors Ceremony itself, which lasted about an hour. 

Courtney's name was called, and she stood for about....five seconds?  Everyone clapped.  At that point we said, "well, that's all we came for.  Guess it's time to go home now!"  We drove all that way for five seconds!!!  Not really.  Like I said, it was totally just a good excuse to spend time with her. :-) was important at the moment.

There was a small reception of cookies and punch afterwards.   Nice.  Really the best part of ceremonies, recitals, programs, weddings, etc.  Okay, ax the weddings.  Not true.  However that's the main part I do remember about weddings I went to as a little kid....those mints? And the cake?


We toured the HUGE campus library. There were signs everyone saying to be quiet and NO disturbance please, because it was a "study area".   Dad picked up this giant monster of a book that was written like.....centuries ago or something.  Does anyone really ever check this kind of book out?  Really?  I was like, where's the fiction section....(non-existant, by the way).

There was some peaked interest in it for a moment.  But Starbucks beats it.  Sorry, just have to say it.  Again, probably the best part of the library? Was that there was a Starbucks inside it.  

Kinda tired by this point.  This is Courtney's dorm, by the way!

We got a very thorough tour of the entire campus and the residence building where Courtney lives.  It was fun to see everything and get a feel for campus life!

Being goofy :p

All in all, it was a great trip!  Praise God we had safety as well as good health the whole time.  It was wonderful to spend time with Courtney, and then of course we hit Texas on the way home to see family and friends (see previous post).  I was so ready to be home by the end of it all, though.  There is truly no place like home:-)


Mariana said...

Wow, you two really do look alike. Funny thing is I never noticed just how similar you were until now.

I'm glad you had a great trip, Rachel!

Emily said...

Aw, such sweet sisters!
Miss you, Rachel! How do you do your hair, girl? Those loose curls/waves are killin' me. So cute. ( =


Rachel's Blog said...

Aww, that's sweet Em:-) Just a curling iron, turn it away from your face so the curls turn outwards, and lots of hairspray. My curls fall pretty fast, so right after curling my hair I throw my hair upside down and pretty much hairspray throughout the entire thing. It gives it more volume, plus they last longer.

Hope that helps. :-)

Mikala said...

Yeah, you two look a lot alike!!

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