Monday, September 21, 2009

Roar of the Lion

This past weekend the future hubby and I went on an old fashioned road trip and it was amazing! Brett has been a fan of Penn State since he was a tiny boy. No, his dad isn’t a fan. He actually didn’t know anyone who was a fan but he remembers liking the Nittany Lion and his roars after touchdowns.

We have been talking about going to a game for almost as long as we have been together. So finally this year I decided it was time to "just do it," as Nike says. So I bought tickets to one of the games (we cant afford $300 a pop for Ohio or Michigan tix so we settled for Temple). Even though the game wasn’t an intense rivalry or a nail-biter it was a blast!

We left Thursday after work and arrived in Cincinnati at two A.M. tired and ready to stretch our legs. I didn’t get up as bright and early as Brett would have liked (those darn black out drapes in hotels get me every time) but after some Dunkin’ Doughnuts coffee and a glazed, fried ball of dough I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!

The four hour drive to Penn State flew by compared to the long drive the night before and we arrived in College Park excited to try some Paterno Peach ice cream from the famous creamery. The wait was a bit long but well worth it! That night we stayed at a campsite about ten miles away and shared our resting place with about four hundred sequoia bugs. I don’t know if you have ever heard one of these little buggers but they are LOUD and sound like a little baby chainsaw. I woke up freezing and tired from the constant drone of the bugs but excited for the game. It took an hour of stop-and-go traffic even at seven A.M. but we finally got to the game and the tailgating and game were like none other!

Brett even got to see Joe Paterno and he was like a child seeing Santa Clause. “Have a good game Joe!” he yelled as Joe walked right by him. Brett tried to buy every Penn State hat, shirt, sign, magnet, and glass he could find but luckily I vetoed a few.

On the way back we saw a Pittsburgh Pirates game for ten bucks each. We sat in the second row and could almost touch the players (something we are not used to in Milwaukee). The game wasn’t great but the stadium was very cool. You could see the skyline from our seats and it gave us another cool location for our table numberr pictures (post to come). That night we stayed in Indianapolis, the home of my (yes my) Colts and Payton Manning and the Hyatt there is amazing!

Anyway, long story long it was a great weekend where I managed to relax, not have a plan, and laugh a lot with the future husband. I am sure there will be many more of these little road trips to come.

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