Tuesday, April 5, 2016

End of a Great Vacation!

We left Houston last night right after the game.  Originally, Doug thought we would be able to leave early as he really believed that North Carolina would open a lead like they did against Syracuse.  We were glad that he was wrong, however.  It was worth getting a later start to witness what ESPN was calling by morning the Game of the Century.  In the end leaving the game was a lot easier than we ever dreamed.  The ramps were packed on the walk down, but everyone was calm and the lines were orderly.  We reached the van in relatively no time and the trip out of the parking lot was very easy.  In fact Doug pointed out that we were only in the van nine minutes before we were on the interstate.

We drove for about two and a half hours and stopped for the night at Nacogdoches, Texas.  Everyone slept about six hours before we were on the road again.  We listened to the hype surrounding last night's game on ESPN for most of the morning.  We were all still amazed at the ending.  Only two final games have been won on a buzzer beater and this was the only one by jump shot.  I would put the NC State win over this one by a little bit as the hype surrounding the game going into the finals was a lot larger.  Either way we were all still happy to be a part of it.

We did enjoy more than just the game yesterday.  Beforehand we all went to College Station to visit the George Bush Presidential Library.  It was almost two hours away, but worth the drive.  They had quite a bit on his life, especially before and during his presidency.  The part regarding the death of his daughter was very sad.  With all of the hype concerning the current presidential race and the primaries the library brought back to mind that there have been good, moral characters leading our country.  I hope there will be again one day.

Once we left the Bush Library we took a walking tour of Texas A & M.  It was a gorgeous campus with a large student body population.   We left the bookstore and drove to Kemah Boardwalk on the gulf coast.  It was definitely a beautiful area.  We ate dinner on the water at Bubba Gump Shrimp.  We then walked along the boardwalk before we left for the game.

The drive home was long, but easy.  Traffic was light and we only had to stop a couple of times.  Besides listening to ESPN we watched several movies and also tuned in to the primary results from Wisconsin.  We were happy to hear that Cruz defeated Trump.  The most eventful part of the trip occurred when we got home.  The heat in our house was off and the fan was blowing cold air throughout each of the rooms.  The thermostat read 59, but it felt colder than that.  It was after midnight, and we couldn't fix it.  Thus, we grabbed a lot of extra blankets and headed to bed.

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