Thursday, July 23, 2009
I'm beginning to feel more and more like the weary traveler!
Right now I'm in St. George, UT, after staying in Provo last night and visiting BYU campus one last time this morning. All these years later, and BYU is still one of the best-looking university campuses I've ever seen. The bracelet I lost still hadn't turned up, but at least I know I tried.
I visited the BYU bookstore again and walked around, bought some t-shirts and fun little things like pens, pencils, and notebooks to have around the house. Even though I'm not much of a church-goer these days, I'm still very proud of the fact that I attended and graduated from BYU. I'll always treasure the memories of my college years and how they shaped me into the person I am today.
Walking around campus, I felt like a student again. The sights and smells were all so familiar. Of course, the main differences were that I didn't have any classes to get to, and I kept getting "ma'am"-ed everywhere I went. Time has marched on, no matter how much any of us try to deny it!
The drive to St. George was OK, but I am tired today. There have been some light summer storms, with huge lightning bolts off in the distance--especially around this area. But the scariest thing I saw today was when I was about 80 miles south of Provo. I saw some very black smoke rising in the distance and had no idea what it was. As I got closer, it was a huge freight truck on the other side of the highway, completely engulfed in flames. It was the kind of thing you see in the movies, except that this was real. It looked like it had been on fire for a while but no police or firemen were nearby yet. I hope the driver was OK. I didn't see anyone from my vantage point. I did, however, see a police car speeding in that direction a few minutes later.
The car has functioned well, the gas is about 50 cents cheaper in UT, compared to CA, and I'm almost done with the entire Book 6 of the Harry Potter series on CD. I except to be finished after another hour or so of driving. I've never listened to an entire book on CD before! It definitely takes a different kind of concentration than listening to music in the car, but I've really enjoyed it.
Well, I guess I'll go find a place for dinner and enjoy a relaxing evening. I'm looking forward to getting home tomorrow.