Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

Usually for Labor Day weekend, we spend it with my dad's family. They have been going to a resort over Labor Day weekend at least since my parents were dating, maybe even before that. This year nothing was planned until just weeks before, but Patrick and I still decided we wanted to go. We went to the same place we went two years ago, the Bridges Bay Resort in Okoboji, Iowa. You wouldn't think there is anything too cool in Iowa, but this place is really nice and Okoboji is actually a pretty fun place to be in the summer.

Patrick and I were there all day Saturday and then we left early Sunday morning for Patrick's uncle's wedding in La Crosse. Saturday was really nice, the temperature was in the 80s and we spent most of the day playing in water park and then in the outdoor pool with a swim up bar. Then later that night we went to the waterside bar/restaurant right outside the hotel. It was a really relaxing way to spend the day.

We left early Sunday for the wedding. We got to La Crosse with enough time to check into the hotel, which was just down the street from the wedding. Patrick's uncle Buz was getting married for the first time and he is 50 years old. The ceremony was really nice and it was great to see how happy they both were. They had a great reception afterward at Piggy's a very nice restaurant in La Crosse.

Here are few pictures from the wedding. Buz & Laurie, the perfect day for an outdoor ceremony and us at dinner.

Buz & Laurie's Wedding

The next morning we took advantage of being able to explore La Crosse since we don't go back that often. When we were in college we loved that we could walk to almost anything and that morning we took the opportunity to walk around downtown and campus.

Here are a couple pictures from by our hotel, the Radison downtown. I used Priceline and got a pretty good deal the hotel.

La Crosse

And although we didn't get a riverview room, the view of downtown isn't too bad. It makes me want to live that carefree life again, where are biggest worries was when we were going to go rollerblading and eat ice cream at the Pearl.

View From Radisson

Next to Riverside Park there is a new Friendship Garden, here are some of the highlights.

Riverside International Friendship Gardens

We went to visit Patrick's little sister Mariah in between Riverside Park and UW-L. They have a 7 month old beagle named Blue and he is super cute, it made me even want a dog and I don't even like dogs that much. I wish I would have brought my camera with, next time we go I will have to get some pictures.

After Patrick's dad's house, we went to campus to check out what was new. Since we left they have built a new residence hall, built a new stadium and now they took down a residence hall and administration building to make room for a new academic building. Here is what is left of what was Trowbridge, the all girls dorm, and Wilder Hall, the former home of Career Services & Res Life.

Construction

We hadn't been there since the new stadium was built, so we went and checked that out. It was pretty cool, it would be even cooler if anyone really cared about the football team. I am pretty sure I only went to a couple games and the only thing I remember was how annoying the marching band was.

New Stadium


New Stadium 2

And here is our sign we donated to UW-L for the 100th anniversary. Our sign hangs on 4th Street and King Street. Too bad they spelled my name Sars, instead of Sara. Here is the photoshoped version. And there is Main Hall, this is where Patrick and I met. We worked there together for three years before we graduated and moved to Minneapolis.

Banner & Main Hall

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