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Friday, September 19, 2014

College Dreams & Other Things (or Summer Road Trip 2014- Part 1)

This summer we wanted to take a road trip that consisted of touring colleges that my daughter is considering next year, with some fun thrown in.
The plan was to make a giant loop and hit every school from here (central Arkansas) to DC and back with good dance programs- BUT of course with only one week to do it, we ended up with a MUCH smaller loop... (only 1300 miles... so glad we opted for the small trip!)

Day 1:
We made it to Memphis by lunchtime and stopped by the Memphis Zoo.  

Goofing off with the Panda bears at the zoo

Boys +5 years at the zoo

Next we headed a few blocks over for a quick tour of the beautiful
Rhodes College in Memphis, TN
"Rhodes looks like Hogwarts!" 

We pushed on and got to Nashville for the night.  (I'd made reservations as we drove in the car on hotels.com.  We stayed across the street from Vanderbilt

Vandy @ night

Day 2:
We'd made arrangements to tour Vanderbilt after lunch, so we visited the Parthenon in nearby Centennial Park.  My kids are huge Rick Riordan fans (author of the Percy Jackson series) and we like to make "Percy Jackson" stops when we travel.  In Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief,  Percy and the gang stop by the Parthenon to obtain a magical pearl.  The museum inside the Parthenon even has some notes from the movie and props, which the boys loved.

Parthenon Fun

After a quick lunch at a quaint old diner (place was cuter than the food was) then headed to Vanderbilt for the tour.
Elliston's Diner

Wow.  
What a gorgeous campus.  No wonder it's so expensive!  
The tour was fantastic in itself. 

This is a DORM @ Vanderbilt

After the tour we hit the road.  Emily's Butler tour was Thursday morning and we had to make it to Indianapolis!  


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