Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WSU Homecoming 2015

This past weekend, Omid and I travelled to Pullman for Homecoming weekend! Earlier this summer, I won two football tickets to any WSU home football game via CougarCruiser on Twitter. We chose the game against the OSU Beavers. Our friends Lin & Ward were also going to the game, so we were lucky enough to stay with them in their RV.

Our original plans had us flying stand by, but ALL flights were full. Ward took the jump seat and Omid and I hit the road. It was a race to see who could get there first!

Pullman bound! 
We beat Ward by 40 minutes! To his credit, he did have to stop and pick up the RV in Spokane and hit Costco for food & beverages. But still....we won.

Omid and I stopped by the Old PO for a beer while waiting for Ward. Omid picked up a Daily Evergreen (student newspaper) and I saw this ad for a 5K fun run. I am still feeling sad over the loss of our beloved President and really wanted to do the fun run. I texted Lin (who was still at home & would be joining us on Friday) and she was in! Both Omid and Ward tried to talk us out of doing it, saying it was too early, etc. but we were determined!!

Here's a shot we texted Lin on Friday morning. What a beautiful morning it was too! 70* or more at 10:00 a.m.!
Good morning from Pullman!!

Omid and I spent Friday running around town and campus. Afterwards, we stopped at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course for a beer and to admire the view.  While sitting here, an  Alaska Airlines 737 flew over on it's way to the Pullman airport! Not something you see too often in Pullman. Very cool!
Happy hour on the Palouse!

Lin finally made it to Pullman Friday evening. We had dinner, met up with Lia, Mark, Ron, Karen, Fred & Ping and just enjoyed our time together and being in Pullman.  Lin and I asked Karen to join us on the fun run and she was in too! We made a plan to meet outside the RVs at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The guys still weren't sure we would be up, but we were determined!  

We arrived at the Rec Center around 7:40 a.m., paid our entrance fee, picked up our shirts and looked around. There were about 50 people in all, and 45 of them students! Only 5 'adults' registered. I wish it had been advertised better. With SO many alumni in town, they would have made a lot more $$ for the new medical school. 
The shirt says it all!

After the fun run, we headed back for breakfast. Around this time, Cougar Athletics sent ambassadors around to all the RV lots with Cougar swag. I really tried to get this flag from an ambassador, but she wouldn't budge. It was for photo ops only. I did score lots of tattoos, several pair of WSU sunglasses and a WSU keychain though!
During breakfast, Omid flagged down a student shuttle driver to come back and drive us all to the game.  We squeezed 8 of us in the van and headed to Martin Stadium.  We walked around for a bit, loving the sea of crimson everywhere!
View from our seats! Not bad for free tickets!
Athletics played this video during the game. I loved it!!! Definitely brought tears to my eyes. It felt so good to be HOME in Pullman!!!

If you didn't watch the game or aren't into football, the Cougs won 52-31 over the Beavs!

An Oregon sweep (with the win over the Ducks last week)!!!!

Very happy alum celebrating the win!!
We had such a great time in Pullman, it was hard to leave! I'm already looking forward to our next trip. 


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