Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bye for now Matthew!

The view from campus...

I just got back from dropping Matt off at college. He's starting his freshman year at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Durango is a small historic western town in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. The Durango Silverton Narrow guage railway, a popular Colorado tourist attraction, boards there, Purgatory Ski resort is 25 miles up the road, the mountains there are perhaps the most spectacular in the country. The school sits up on a high mesa just above town and has spectacular views!

I can see it will be much different than my college experience at Miami University, but it seems like a perfect place for my outdoorsy boy. There are mountain bike trails just out side the dormitory doors and deer roam around buildings at night. The dorm rooms, unfortunately, are pretty small, but they have a huge walk-in closet, a good thing as it will house a couple of the 4 bicycles Matt and Kory are trying to keep in their room with them. They have a high wooden ceiling where they put hooks to hang 2 of their bikes. All in all the dorms remind my more of a summer camp than a college. There is even a nice picnic pavilion outside the dorms. I think it will be a really fun place for him to go to school, that is if between mountain biking and heading into town to the skatepark he remembers to study!

I'm excited for Matt to be starting off on this great new adventure, although I know I'm going to really miss him. As a mom you always worry a little bit; you want them to fit in and succeed and be happy. Luckily, I don't think I have much too worry about, the night before he moved into the dorm he headed off to the skatepark for a while. He returned with tales of meeting a few locals, including the owner of the local skateboard shop who gave him a copy of their skate team DVD. Less than 12 hours in town and he's already made friends!... I think he's going to do just fine!

Matt and Kory moving in...

The family...

2 comments:

Lori G. said...

I can't even imagine what that feels like. Yikes! It brings back a lot of memories seeing your pictures but I'd never go back. The best years and the worst years of my life. :)

We have a friend whose daughter is starting at Ft. Lewis. this year. I've never heard of it and now I know of two kids starting there this year. Hm. Durango is beautiful!

ellen said...

Oh, I remember dropping my son off for his freshman year at MI State. Naturally, it was hotter than hell and it was painfully obvious that he wanted us to leave earlier than we were ready to. I didn't cry until I got into bed that night.