Being a Chico State alum, the small farm town always has place in my heart for all the memories that were made while in college. Rob and I went for a visit this past weekend for his brother’s birthday weekend in Chico since his brother went to Chico State, too. I hadn’t been back in over 5 years and honestly hadn’t had any desire to go back just because there were so many other places on my list. Driving back into town though on River Rd for the first time in years was like putting on your favorite pair of jeans, it just felt right and it felt good.
I took Rob on a campus tour and felt very nostalgic remembering my different walking patterns I acquired throughout the years.
Chico was always covered in beautiful brick, I’m glad that hasn’t changed.
My old dorm to the left (Lassen Hall) and brand new dorms that weren’t there when I was in school. Glad they kept Lassen around 🙂
Campus is full of gorgeous blooms.
The creek that flows through campus is eerily low but we did spot an incredible red hawk perched on a branch near one of the bridges.
Spotting vultures on the back roads home.
When driving to Chico, it’s hard to imagine that there’s such a big college town beyond the fields and crops but nestled in the middle of northern California is a place that created many of my cherished memories and friendships. I look forward to going back again and hopefully not waiting so long for the next time.
This weekend I went to my very first college football game and watched Stanford beat Arizona State University, it was pretty great!
(The day started out with a downpour of rain but brought out the eucalyptus oils the trees once the rained stopped. It turned into the most beautiful day)
(There was a great turnout, we ended up sitting in the Stanford section)
(We were right under the lights and under the clouds)
(39 to 14 in the fourth quarter)
I learned a lot about Stanford on Saturday. One, they have no official mascot but they do have a dancing Christmas tree. Two, the crowd comes equipped with Christmas ornaments which they jingle in order to create a stir and distract the other team, it seemed to have worked. Three, their stadium is beautiful and every seat is a good one!
At night San Francisco really lights up so we decided that we would walk around our neighborhood and document some of the beautiful parts that we get to see every night. University of San Francisco is close by and the front of the school is illuminated so brilliantly that it is hard not to be mesmerized by it. In our first of a new series we will be calling “Night-Timing” we are going to show you the campus of the University of San Francisco. We will let the pictures speak for themselves.
There you have it, the University of San Francisco at night. It’s actually very lively, students were walking around us the entire time and there was even a family of raccoons that scared the living sh*t out of us (me). It was an awesome walk and a very beautiful campus that I am so lucky to live near.