I had a great trip back home to Alabama this past weekend. The 11.5 hour drive each way was well worth it. I know that no matter where Jon and I might find ourselves living in the years to come, Alabama will always hold a special place in my heart. There's nothing like traveling down familiar roads and conjuring up memories from days past in my hometown. The same can be said for Tuscaloosa, AL, where I spent my 4 years of college.
I was fortunate enough to be able to make a trip back this past weekend for a monumental game - Alabama vs. Penn State, a match that hasn't occurred between the two teams in 20 years. As usual, the town was full of energy, spirited fans and lots of crimson. What was unusual was the attitude of our opponents. I have to give Penn State major kudos for having the nicest, most fun fans I have ever seen. There's nothing that warms my heart more than seeing people go out of their way to be nice to each other, even when the world (or ESPN) says differently. Apparently, Penn State fans thought the same about us. An article by David Jones at Pennlive.com had this to say about Alabama fans "They all like people. They all know their football. They love to talk about it. And it's not fake. It's who they are."
A great time was had by all and our victory certainly made the trip that much sweeter. And while I don't miss the heat and humidity, both things I'm glad to have escaped living up here in Oklahoma, I do miss the sweet charm of the South...and of course its crazy love for college football. The only thing that would have made the weekend better is if Jon could have made the trip with me. I can't wait for both of us to head back to Alabama for Thanksgiving and enjoy the biggest game of the year together, the Iron Bowl. Even though we're rivals, Jon cheering for his alma mater, Auburn, and me for Alabama, I know it will be a great time! Here are a few pictures from the weekend.
Ready to tailgate! Not too long after arriving in T-Town.
Me and my sister posing with a Penn State fan's lion.
Mini reunion with some of my sorority sisters.