Friday was one of those awesome days when you have absolutely no plans, but there's about a millions options of what to do.
The first thing I did was FINISH SCHOOL! I had one more assignment due on Friday, and of course I waited until the last minute to finish it! (#duh) It felt so weird to be done with my classes. It's been a year and a half since I haven't been active in a class, so I'm still not used to this feeling!
Lynchburg is a really really cool city. Like, for real. It's so beautiful! There are moutains to hike, a really cool downtown with tons of history, a lake and a river to relax by and lots of shopping, which is of course my favorite : )
We really wanted to find a cool coffee shop to get some breakfast and just relax that morning, and man did we hit the jackpot! B found The Muse online, and it was everything I was hoping it would be and more. The atmosphere was so cool, and it just felt so homey in there. Everyone was so friendly, and you could tell a lot of the people inside were "regulars". I loved everything about it!
I got an "Island Nut" Latte which had hazelnut and coconut, and it was soooo delicious! I wish I had one right now. B got "Christmas in a Cup", which according to the girl who took our order is their most popular drink.
We got bagels to go along with our coffee, and yes that's latte art on B's drink... It was pretty neat : ) #nerd
We ate in their little courtyard, and the weather was so perfect, it felt like we were in a movie! I wish this place was closer to Milledgeville... I would hit it up on the reg.
After breakfast we headed to campus so I could check in. I got my "reader card" that I had to give to the announcer at gradation. We walked around for a while and checked out campus, which was a lot bigger than I expected! I wish I had taken more pictures of the actual buildings and property. It was beautiful, and with the backdrop of the mountains, how could it not be?
We went for a hike up Candler mountain, which is on Liberty's property, and it was the absolute perfect weather. We underestimated the hike, and I was definitely not dressed appropriately for a 2 mile hike both ways... Ha! But the view was absolutely worth the trouble.
We didn't have any water or snacks with us, so after our climb, I was dying to eat... I drank probably 4 glasses of water before we got our food! Our waitress probably thought we were crazy... Market at Main was a historical place in the downtown area, and it was so cute! They had a lunch counter like you see in old diners, and beautiful wood floors. The doors were open, and there was a breeze blowing through the restaurant... It was a lot like the coffee shop in that it seemed like a lot of the customers were "regulars".
I got a spinach salad with apples, bacon, red onion and pecans with grilled chicken and apple cider vinegarette... We split fried green tomatoes, which were amaze. I hate when FGTs have too much breading, but these were perfect. B got a grilled pork ribeye sandwich with homemade chips. Everything was so good!
After lunch we walked down to the river walk. I love the RW in Milledgeville, so I was excited to see they had one here. There were a lot of people out enjoying the beautiful day!
The bridges at the river walk had locks all over them like the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris... It was really cool to see all of them hanging there.
I'm a big supporter of spring time in Georgia, but spring time in Virginia is a pretty fierce competitor!
After a quick shower and a change of clothes, it was time to head to my Baccalaureate service. I wasn't very impressed by the speaker, but the music... Oh, the music. It was wonderful. I teared up several times.
For dinner we went to the #1 Restaurant in Lynchburg (according to Trip Advisor), Waterstone Pizza. This place was so, so cool. The restaurant is beside the river, so the atmosphere is already pretty cool, but the decor was very industrial which is total my style. There were lots of "metal works" art pieces, exposed brick, rustic wood and piping all around the room. The restaurant was small and intimate, which I didn't mind with this handsome man as my date : )
We got the crab dip appetizer and The Cicilian pizza to split. Y'all. I'm not kidding. This was the best pizza I have ever had. The crust was thin, but not crunchy. The meat was such good quality and there was a perfect ratio of cheese and sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
My parents arrived right when we finished eating, so they ordered another pizza, The Supremo, and my dad got a BLT with fresh mozzarella. Their pizza was just as perfect, and my dad said his sandwich was amazing, too! Although he didn't save me a bite ; )
Oh, and now... Let's talk about this cake. THIS CAKE. Y'all... I am not a dessert person. I would rather have another piece of pizza than something sweet. But this cake. It was a lemon berry mascarpone cake, and I really did not want to share it with B. It was a struggle. : )
I had to be on campus at 7:00AM to line up for graduation, so after dinner it was straight back to the hotel to S L E E P!