Once upon a time, two girls graduated from South Dakota State University and then parted ways to cruise off to graduate school. It just so happened that these two young women would only be three hours apart. Oh wait...this isn't a fairy tale, this is what happened to my friend, Paige, and I! This past weekend, I packed my bags and ventured out of the confines of Illinois to visit Paige in Indianapolis.
It was quite refreshing to see a familiar face from back home without having to trek back to South Dakota. On Friday, we caught up over cups of steaming coffee (or iced coffee in Paige's case) on the IUPUI campus, where Paige is attending school. I can't say that we accomplished much in the realm of school work during our coffee date, but laughter and good conversation were prioritized.
After resting up, we explored Indianapolis on Saturday. A couple of years ago, I flew to Indianapolis to assist with the Association of Lutheran Development Executives national conference, which was held downtown Indy. However, my trip was quick and I wasn't able to wander around the city. This time around, Paige and I both played "tourist." Our first stop was the Indianapolis Museum of Art. While we didn't tour the museum, we did take advantage of the decent fall weather after a few days of rain and gray skies. Adjacent to the museum is the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park or as most people call it: 100 acres. We grabbed a map and set off for the trails.
Paige and I decided these signs we kept seeing along the trail perfectly fit our lives. We often talk about how graduate school is a confusing time in our lives, because we frequently question ourselves and wonder if we are headed in the right direction. If you were to dissect my thoughts, I think they would look a lot like the picture above.
|Walking through the woods is tough work.|
Better stop and rest!
|There were perfect picture checkpoints everywhere!|
|Love is in the air.|
|Can't get enough of the fall scenery|
|The beautiful leaves are already beginning to descend|
|It was such a peaceful walk|
|We thought this tree was pretty cool,|
though the picture doesn't do it justice
|Nearing the Lilly House|
It was fun to walk around the perimeter of the Lilly House. Paige and I could hardly imagine what it must have been like to grow up in this mansion. My 10-year old imagination could have gone wild there!
Next, we refueled with some lunch before heading towards the mall downtown. Last time I was in Indianapolis, I don't remember driving around this area. Each time I visit a new city, I love examining the details of the downtown area. It's always cool how the newer buildings are intertwined with the older, more historic buildings. Each city has its own unique vibe in the downtown area and Indianapolis was no exception.
The rest of my stay in Indianapolis was very relaxing. Paige and I had ourselves a mini-movie marathon, watching everything from Hocus Pocus to 10 Things I Hate About You. These older movies sure bring back memories from growing up.
Early Sunday morning, it was time to get back to reality. While it was a quick trip, it is always fun to escape your apartment for a couple days and visit a friend. Just what I needed to feel re-energized to conquer another week! :)