Monday, August 13, 2007

Postcard from the road: Toronto or bust, day 1

Not yet an hour into our trip North, we decided to ditch the directions--and the Pennsylvania turnpike. On this our first real vacation together in more than four years, we decided to avoid rush hour in Pittsburgh and take a more leisurely trip through the countryside. As an added bonus, we took a break in Indiana, Pa., home of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), our Alma mater.

I haven't been back to campus in more than seven years and my how things have changed. New buildings are up, others are gone and still others are in transition. We drove by our old apartments, Bruno's too (the scene of our first date), my old dorm (Ryan's has been leveled) and took a walk through the Oak Grove. To be honest, things look a mess and I don't envy students trying to walk from one end of campus to the other this fall. We'll have to come back in a year or two when this latest phase of construction is further along.

No trip to Western Pennsylvania is complete without a meal at Eat' n Park so we stopped in for a burger and some salad bar.

Roadside oddities on day one included: the "Lick n' putt" near the Butler County line, a burger man (pictured top) outside Kittanning, and large-scale roadside statuary in the shape of rhinos (one) and horses (three).

note: travel log not posted in real time

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