Up early so we can hit the road and avoid traffic. Gavin and pack the remainder of the college bound items, including his bicycle, make a quick stop for gas and then get going at 630am.
No traffic, so the biggest worry is staying with the flow of traffic and not getting a speeding ticket.
Gavin wants to stop at the first rest area to get starbucks. Once he is back in the car, I continue the drive. At around the three hour mark I am ready for a pit stop. Gavin takes over and around 1030, we are making our way into the town of Oneonta.
This day in history "On this day in 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper.
Known collectively as "The Great Moon Hoax," the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. The byline was Dr. Andrew Grant, described as a colleague of Sir John Herschel, a famous astronomer of the day. Herschel had in fact traveled to Capetown, South Africa, in January 1834 to set up an observatory with a powerful new telescope. As Grant described it, Herschel had found evidence of life forms on the moon, including such fantastic animals as unicorns, two-legged beavers and furry, winged humanoids resembling bats. The articles also offered vivid description of the moon's geography, complete with massive craters, enormous amethyst crystals, rushing rivers and lush vegetation."
Ironic, but still sad that on this day we hear of the loss of Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82. He became a global hero when, as a steely-nerved US pilot, he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step on to the moon in July 1969.
Once on campus, Gavin runs to get his key. We proceed to unload and bring all the stuff to his new room at Holmes Hall. He and his friend and roomie, Matt from freshman year got a choice larger room on the 4th floor. I can tell you first hand that the view is nice. They are planning to arrange the room so that it can accommodate company....
Four flights of stairs carrying bins, boxes, 30lb dumbbells, etc. was my workout for the day. Gavin has less stuff this year than last, and has to meet at 1230 for peer training. I say my goodbye knowing that he will be well situated and eager to get back into the swing of college life. The quick turnaround of getting back on the road is good as I stand a chance of getting home without too much traffic.
Back home in good time, taking the scenic route. I cook some sauce, take Luke fishing, and then settle in for the night.
Kyle is in the midst of reclaiming Gavin's room for the semester.
Photo of the day "Hartwick - Holmes Hall"
P.S. The Hartwick campus in Oneonta NY will be home to about 1400 students. The older brick buildings built on the hills will be bustling as about 1/3 of the student athletes check-in a week early. Gavin already has a time trial 3 mile run Sunday morning at 10am.....best of luck to our Sophmore...