In case you missed Part 1 of my Roadtrip wrap up…it was an I-70 tour de force. We had LOTS of fun in Indianapolis and jumped on I-70 for the quick trip to Oxford, OH. Oxford is home to Miami University, my alma mater…and I hadn’t been back in years. Suffice it to say a LONG time. (I wouldn’t want to date myself or anything!) In fact, my husband had never visited the campus, so I was really looking forward to introducing him, our 9-year-old and his friend to Oxford. My 4-year-old daughter sat this one out and had some one-on-one time with Grandma and Grandpa. Probably a blessing for all involved!!
We chose a quiet week to visit, it was that dead time that occurs between the end of summer classes and the beginning of the new school year. So many memories came rushing back…I loved it! I loved sharing my school with my son, too. They saw my freshman dorm (Emerson Hall–it looked so SMALL!) and the house I lived in with 12 other girls my junior and senior years. It couldn’t have been more than 1500 square feet. Ridiculous. Miami is such a beautiful campus–just ask George Clooney, who recently wrapped shooting “The Ides of March”– with some being filmed on the campus. If you ever have a chance to visit, you should!
At about 1pm the following day, we headed west again for the 6 hour trip to St. Louis. (5 if you count the time change!) We have lots of family in St. Louis, so there’s never a shortage of places to stay. We headed straight for Fitz’s– where they bottle their own root beer. It’s one of those places in a funky part of town, that we ALWAYS work into our trips to “the Lou” because kids just like it that much.
After staying the night with my sister and her family in Chesterfield, we visited an aunt and uncle. And the piece de resistance for 9-year-olds: they had a pool. With a diving board. Vacation nirvana!
The ending of our amazing getaway: we saw the Cardinals take on the Cubs in the new Busch Stadium. Granted, it was well over 100 degrees at 7pm, but the game was nationally televised on ESPN and the place was rocking! We had so much fun. Even got to see a homerun. No win for the redbirds, but loads of fun nonetheless. Seems like baseball has been a common theme for us this summer, so it’s only fitting that we ended our I-70 roadtrip with a ball game!