Such Sweet Sorrow

July 19, 2006

After fifteen wonderful days, Heather has left, and I return to work on this blog. We managed to cover an awfully large amount of ground, spending over 24 hours driving from one location to another. The vacation began with a visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. For a Midwest museum, the IMA manages to fit in a good selection of interesting pieces, including a floor held up by army-men and a painting that doesn’t actually exist. It’d make more sense if you visited, which I very strongly recommend; the museum is free for students.

We then headed off to see some friends in Sandusky, OH. Popping in to Cedar Point, we stayed in a hotel for the night, leaving the next morning. I used the phrase “popping in” because we didn’t actually stay at the park for too long. I assumed we’d be around for most of the day, seeing as Heather doesn’t visit too many theme parks, but we were only at the park for, maybe, five hours.

Just a day or so later, we went to the F1 race with some of my friends from the Academy. It was really great to see them all, even though I tend to dislike racing. Something about the remarkable absence of strategy bothers me. Of course, the drivers do need to define what type of equipment they ride, but it seems to me that the races are decided before the race begins. Oh well, I had fun and seeing my friends was more than worth it.

Heather and I then headed off to South Bend, where we celebrated the 4th (twice, actually) and stayed with my extended family. It’s reassuring to know my family like Heather very much. While staying in South Bend, we headed over to see my mother’s friend near Valperaso. As always, it’s good to catch up with old fiends.

On Friday, Heather and my second anniversary, we went to Holiday World, in Santa Claus, IN, effectively completing our unintended goal to cover Indiana from head to toe. Two theme parks in less than two weeks caused a bit of a fun overload that I’m still living down, but the park was very cute. They gave out free soft drinks and sunscreen. I found it kind of odd, but the whole park pushed the “family friendliness” aspect quite hard.

The rest of Heather’s stay (about a half a week), we spent watching movies and taking walks. We ended up covering about two miles of ground in one night. I believe this stay will forever be known as the two weeks of travel. What joy.

Of course, all good things must come to an end, and on Wednesday, Heather was forced to leave. It wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t life-threatening. Meh, what can I say? Parting is such… well, you know. In theory, I’ll go there in October for a week and hopefully live with her in Vancouver in under six months. Sad memories aren’t my thing… yeesh.