I finally was able to go to Stetson University to visit my niece. She is currently a freshman there studying medicine and a minor in music. I took the trip with my mom. We enjoyed our travel time talking and catching up. I usually have my kids with me so it was nice to just have adult time. I had never been past Orlando on I-4 and did not realize that Deland was so close to the other coast. My niece is only 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
I always enjoy my visits to college campuses as I get into the landscaping and architecture. The campus was easy to walk around and not overly big. After a tour of her dorm we went into downtown Deland to eat at one of Elizabeth's favorite restaurants. My favorite part was the moist chocolate cake we shared. We walked around to a few shops and took some great pictures.
Did I mention I was Elizabeth's own personal paparazzi? She was all ready for spring in her new outfit. We then traveled to Walmart where my niece scored on a great bathing suit and coverup for the summer. We finished up the day with a more extensive tour of her campus and of course dinner at Chick-Fil-A. On the drive to dinner Elizabeth drove as I snapped pictures out the window. They were having a musical festival downtown to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and I happened to capture a gentleman in a kilt!!
It was a fabulous day. The best part was how proud I was of my niece. While many college students party, drink, and much more, she is focused and living by her morals. She is growing, maturing, and becoming an independent adult. I am very proud of you, E!!! I can't wait to visit her again. Of course I have a few itineraries planned out. A trip to the Atlantic Ocean and Blue Spring State Park are on the agenda. xoxo