I just finished up a great 4 day trip to see my daughter at college in New Mexico. I had planned this weekend because I was really missing her and found out after the fact it was parent’s weekend and Homecoming. One of the perks was getting to workout with your student at the University gym. Can you believe I could NOT talk her into going?! Boo!
I did get my exercise in, though. I was able to make-do for 2 workouts at hotel gym. I got to run my 9 mile training run on the campus while there also. My 7 mile run before leaving didn’t happen as planned due to logistical issues, but I will catch up today.
Avery and I hung out and ate nice meals together and did a lot of catching up.
(An excellent Caprese salad, one of my favorites. So good in fact that I went back for it a second time while there).
It’s so strange being a “friend” to your child once they hit adulthood. Strange but cool. I still did my share of fussing, though. LOL. Afterall, I am still Mom.
We went to the homecoming football game which I found very entertaining, athough our team lost. They are 0-6 and I feel so sorry for them. Bless their hearts. It was still neat being there.
This is Striking the Wonder Dog, the Univesity’s mascot dog. He retrieves the tee after kick offs and poses for pictures with fans, He captivated my attention almost the whole time.
The University is called the Aggies and their actual mascot is “Pistol Pete”. Not very PC in today’s times, but it is what it is. He comes out on a horse, guns blazing.
Here I am with his statue.
We spent a whole day power shopping and that was super fun. (My poor husband.) But we found great finds and deals, so much so that I had to ship stuff back because I could not make it all fit in my suitcase. LOL. So much for downsizing. Ah good times! Girl bonding. My oldest daughter doesn’t like shopping so this was a treat.
The desert truly is a beautiful place. The mountain range views are amazing. The weather was nice except for rain the first day. Here is the view from her dorm.
I can see hiking and skiing (maybe?) in our future as she continues her schooling there in Las Cruces.
I have been able to enjoy so many different climates and sceneries in recent months. From my home by the sea, to my ”new” home in the green plushness of Tennessee to the beautiful desert/mountainous home of my baby girl. I feel blessed.
Overall, it was an awesome trip. Thanks for reading and letting me share. Here are a few more pics from the trip.
(I don’t call her “DIVA” for nothing.)
The sunset on way there in Memphis
The sunset before coming home in Las Cruces
And the sunset on way home