New England Friend Time

My time at Bates was a whirlwind of coursework, softball, and friends. After years of meals together, evenings, weekends, and Patriots/Red Sox games, there were a handful who became like family. Stacia, along side her beautiful new wife Andrea, was the reason for my trip back East was one of those people. Lucy and Franz are part of my Bates friend-family and are some more of those people. Lucky for me lived close enough to Sunday River that I was able to hang out with them for a day and a half before flying back out West. It was the perfect end to my trip.

This photo kills me. It’s like the epitome of so so many college times. I love these two and I’m completely looking forward to seeing them in November for their wedding!

Day 37: Lewiston, Maine

F, Sprocket, and I got up quietly and headed for the farm. F had a grilled ham and cheese and I had the classic egg sandwich with tomato relish. On our way back to campus we stopped at the grocery store and picked up hamburger fixings for dinner. Back on campus, we headed for Dana Chemistry to start our rounds. We visited Lorna, Mary, and talked to Jen for a bit. After we got some food in Sprocket we headed for Chase and visited with Erin and Keith. Keith, in typical form, gave Forrest a t-shirt and Sprocket some frisbees. Continuing the whirlwind tour of Bates, we headed over to the costume shop. We had a nice visit with Kathy but had to hurry over to commons for lunch with Emily, Ryan, and Q.

I had to head back to the costume shop after lunch to patch up our jeans (hurray for the costume shop!) then we had to make a quick stop at RiteAid before going to Liz’s house. Sprocket explored and terrorized Carlen while we relaxed. Stacia and Andrea drove down from Farmington and we all had hamburgers and watched Stacia’s graduation video. When Liz and Jean came back from their IM bowling league, a whole troop of us headed for the Goose: Stacia, Andrea, Jean, Austin, Liz, Alex, and myself. We all had a blast catching up and belting out some sweet renditions of “I Will Survive” and “Secret Lovers.”

Day 36: Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pennsylvania to Lewiston, Maine

Sprocket had us both up at six and before we knew it we had the jeep ready to go and were on the road bound for a Dunkin’ Doughnuts. Solidly supplied with coffee, iced coffee, and doughnuts we cruised to Boston for lunch with Brendan. We arrived at the Sunset Cafe without too much hassle and really enjoyed perusing the serious beer list. It was a lot of fun to catch up with Brendan–especially because he could relax after having finished his last final for his first year of law school!

Navigating out of Boston was a cinch and before we knew it we were cruising through Portland. We met up with Jean and her roommates who gave Sprocket lots of love and volunteered to watch him while we got dinner at Commons. It was so odd to be back there and I was pretty shocked to realize how many people I still knew. After dinner, we headed over to the new dorm to visit with Q for a bit then headed back over to village. After Sprocket got some more love it was time to crash after a long day of driving.