After packing up the van with all of Landon's worldly possessions we said goodbye to Leanne and headed down the road to Grand Rapids, MI, to bring Landon to Calvin College.
We made a stop in Eau Claire, WI, to have lunch with my brother, Dave, at Heckler's. Can't believe we ate at a cheese head place.
Took a break in Wisconsin Dells. We went for a stroll down the walk by the river and of course had some cheese curds and Swiss chocolate. Of course.
After spending a night in Madison and then doing some shopping near Chicago we finally arrived in Grand Rapids. We tried an Italian restaurant that evening called Pietro's- it was quite good.
Next morning it was off to Calvin.
Getting moved in... Landon's roommate didn't arrive until a couple days later so we didn't get to meet him :( But the two of them have a great suite, usually shared by four people, so they have one room for their beds and clothes and one room for their desks and living space and a good sized bathroom in between.
He's all set.
We were wowed by the huge campus, nice facilities with everything you can imagine, very friendly staff, good food, and absolutely beautiful grounds. We met a couple of the philosophy professors and toured the classrooms and lounge in the philosophy department, which is what Landon is studying.
Bill and I attended a service in the chapel with a massive pipe organ. I shed all my tears during this service so I wouldn't have to be a blubbering mess when we said goodbye.
The last part of parent/first-year/transfer student orientation day was a big picnic on the commons lawn. It was a LOT of people! Calvin has I think approximately 3,800 students.
Okay, so I was a little sad. We won't see him until Christmas. Wah! But after almost a year and half of working towards this we know he is in the right place. And if he doesn't absolutely love it he is crazy.