Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Juniata Reunion

Adam and I met at a fantastic school in the middle of nowhere called Juniata College. For this reason, and a plethora of others, it will always be dear to our hearts. One of those oh-so-many reasons is the absolutely fantastic people that we met there. Though we are both terrible at keeping in contact with people, we LOVE getting together with old friends and catching up with how they are doing and their lives are going. That was what this past weekend was all about. Matt is one of Adam roommates from Juniata who lives in PA and came down to hang out with us for the weekend. The three of us always have a really great time together. Our mini-reunion got a little bigger when Gretchen (another fellow Juniatian) and her husband were able to join us for lunch. It was a last minute gathering at Mike's Crab House near Annapolis that turned into a wonderful marathon of laughter...we ended up being there for almost 5 hours! Such a wonderful time with wonderful people.

Pat and Gretchen (plus in-utero Rory Patrick!)

The Juniata Crew!

 Afterward, Adam, Matt, and I headed over to RFK Stadium to watch the DC United soccer team play and lose to the New York Red Bulls. I cannot express how much I LOVE soccer matches; watching the game is fun but the camaraderie and enthusiasm of the crowd takes the cake. While it was nothing compared to the Real Madrid match that we went to in Spain, it was still a blast, and I hope that we make it to more games this year! On the way home we introduced Matt to the wonders of Five Guys, something that I love to do.

Adam, me, and Matt....ready for the game!

On Sunday we headed out to Catcotin Mountain Park again to log another 13 miles with Matt and had a great time. It was THE PERFECT DAY to hike; not too warm and not too cool, the sky was vibrant blue and the sun shining through. I have so dearly missed this weather! This was the 4th time that we hiked this particular trail and it was the best yet; no injuries, fastest time, and not sore the day after! I dare say...we are getting our trail legs! Matt also had a great time, saying that it was nice to hike with us because we weren't too slow (he is SUPER athletic and fit) like others that he hikes with, so I took that as the BIGGEST compliment ever! YAY!

Can you tell who the sun hates?