Thursday, May 28, 2020

Out on a Walk

Hi everyone. 
Today my post has something different to show you.
While my daughter and her beau were visiting this past weekend, we went out for a stroll around their old college campus. They both went to the University of New Hampshire, which is about 30 minutes away from my house, and they were nice enough to invite me to join them. (The hubby wanted to stay home and clean his boat, even though he was invited.)
It was a great place to walk as it is not too hilly and there was hardly anyone there. So we could easily social distance as we got some exercise.
My daughter posed for a photo but I couldn't get her beau to stand there with her.
I hadn't been on campus for a long time and not only was it nice to see it all green, but there were some new art installations too.
Like this cardinal.
 And I managed to spot some things I thought made interesting photos.

 The students have been gone since mid-March with the Corona virus. Maybe that is why these chalk monsters are smiling.

And I liked reading the stickers on the lamp posts.
Not much left here but I wonder how exactly many years of messages were put up on the message board. 

I ws explained to me that a tree died and this cool statue was carved from the remains.

And I had to stop to smell the lilacs. They are a favorite of mine.  And the state flower of New Hampshire also.

A train comes through campus that connects Portland, Maine and Boston, MA. I love how they fixed up this old train station.  And they added a small restaurant too. They sell sandwiches and ice cream.  When my daughter was at school and I would stop by to pick her up we sometimes went and had an ice cream.  I might have suggested one during our walk but the Dairy Bar is closed like the rest of campus.
The university's mascot is a wildcat. They say that students will have good luck if they rub the cat's nose. You can see how it is more worn from lots of hands rubbing it.

And this older but rather unimpressive building  below is where I took most of my grad school classes. This is the education building. 
And even though I went to grad school here, I was just a part time student taking evening classes.  never really made a strong connection with the school. I was already teaching full time at this point, and I also had a young child at home. It was a little bit busy time for me, and so making a strong connection just didn't matter that much. The other reason I didn't make a strong connection is this university's major rival is the school where I did my undergraduate degree at, the University of Maine.  Some of you might have read about that from I've written about hockey games. My connection to my undergraduate school is much stronger given the fact that I was a 4 year full time student there.
And these next 2 photos are my favorite photos.

I love the crab apple blossom petals all over the ground.
And this is  a piece of (I think-maybe?) granite. New Hampshire is the granite state. What a cool looking stone slab though.

Obviously someone had been celebrating on campus. 
Maybe an engagement? Or they just graduated? I wonder how long those champagne bottles had been sitting on the table.

I had a great 2 1/2 mile walk and I learned a lot about the university that I didn't know. I hope you enjoyed this virtual walk with me.
Thanks for visiting.


Jeanie said...

I think our undergrad time always holds our heart more. Usually it is the first time where we are really independent and of course, all is new. By the time it's grad school, it's old hat. It looks like a fabulous day and a well deserved one. (Your daughter is lovely, too!)

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Erika, looks like a great day out. Thanks for sharing the photos. The carpets of flowers are breathtaking, and I just love the old noticeboard. Fun wild cat with a shiny nose, too. Glad you were able to have a great day with your daughter and her friend while hubby stayed home with his boat. Have a fun day, hugs, Valerie

craftytrog said...

An interesting walk Erika, thanks for the virtual tour! The apple blossom is very pretty and I love the tree sculpture.
Alison xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, you for lots of great shots! I loved walking around the Campus with you and seeing the sights, the red cardinal is lovely as is that gorgeous big cat 😀. Thanks for showing us around! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

butterfly said...

Great that you were able to get some fresh air and exercise and enjoy some socially distanced connection with your daughter - thanks for taking us along!
Alison x

Meggymay said...

Lovely photos Erika, it must have been a real trip down memory lane for you all. Carving old trees seems ro be getting more popular and a real good way to show that they still have beauty.
Stay safe.
Yvonne xx

BethB from Indiana said...

I love all of your pictures and your commentary about the university. Thanks for the tour.

Stevenson Q said...

I am very happy you had a great walk with your daughter Erika! The UNH campus is so beautiful, thank you so much for sharing these photos to us! All those flowers and trees!!!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Erika for the campus tour which was certainly easier with no one on campus, although it did look very strange not to see anyone. And I love lilacs but didn't know they were the state flower as I'm not a NH native (my excuse).

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's ironic how we can identify with one campus over another. Like you, I identify with my undergrad school even though I went nights and summers there. For my master's degree, I didn't identify with anything, although I did enjoy a couple of teachers. I know my loyalties should be with Wichita State, where I got my doctorate, but other than loving all the sculptures on campus, I don't feel much love there. I really, really enjoyed seeing where you got your masters degree. There were some great sculptures and some lovely buildings. Thanks for taking me with you on this walk, dear.

Divers and Sundry said...

The perfect place for a walk. I love all the art installations.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a fabulous post, I did enjoy my walk around with you.
Fabulous photographs and so nice for you to be able to see your daughter.

All the best Jan

nwilliams6 said...

A pretty campus and I enjoyed seeing your pictures! That tree carving is wonderful and even that message board is cool. Lovely pictures - TFS!