Even though Iowa is the state above Missouri, I had never been in all the 22 years of my life until April.
I visited my friend Josie who attends Iowa State University. At the time, I was living in Oxford, Mississippi. After class on a Thursday, I decided to pack my bags and head home to St. Louis, Missouri. It is a five hour drive without stops. I usually drive straight through.
I arrived home later that evening. I spent the night at home and left at 10 a.m. on Friday to head to Ames. It it a six hour drive. I arrived at Josie’s apartment around 4 p.m. It was perfect timing since she finished class around 3 p.m.
The drive was extremely easy. It is one of my favorite routes. It has very little highway changes and turns. Most of the commute is on US-61 N toward Canton.
As you can tell, I LOVE spontaneous trips. This was a very very last minute decision to go see Josie. Proof is attached and provided by my senior year of college roommate, Alicia Vellante.
On Friday evening, Josie and I had dinner at The Cafe. I ordered the mac n cheese shown below. DELICIOUS!!
Josie lives in such a great location. Her apartment is off campus, but it is super close, walking distance, to campus. She does not take any form of transportation to and from class. In addition, she is also walking distance to the bars.
We spent Friday night at Paddy’s Irish Pub and Sips. On Saturday morning, we made a home cooked breakfast. We relaxed most of the day. We had a late lunch at Blaze Pizza. It is a chain restaurant all across the US. I had never eaten at Blaze Pizza before. I loved being able to create my own artisanal fast-fired pizza. Take a look at the mouthwatering photo below. On Saturday evening, we went out to Outlaws and Es Tas Bar and Grill.
On Sunday, we hung out at her apartment because it began to snow. It was so so so pretty! We looked out the window as each and every snowflake covered campus. I, of course, had a hot coffee in hand. Below Josie’s apartment complex, there is a Starbucks. I placed a mobile order and walked down to get it. How nice, right?!
On Monday morning, Josie dropped me off before her 8 a.m. class at my car where it had been parked for free overnight since Friday on campus. I scrapped my car off of snow and ice and headed back to St. Louis. The highways were clear. I was so thankful. I was not delayed in any way due to the weather as I made my way back home.
I arrived home just before 2 p.m. I was able to spend the rest of the day and evening with my family. I left for Oxford on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. to make it to my 1 p.m. class. I did!
I had a wonderful time in Ames. I am hoping to make it back this fall for a football game.
Enjoy the photos :)