Anyway, I've done some reminiscing since then and I thought I would share.
I went away to Dordt not knowing anyone, except a girl from my church, Jane. Jane went to a different high school than me (she was a "Jackrabbit" of all things) but when I asked her about attending Dordt, she kind of sold me on it. Jane and I drove off that fall in my blurple Vega - we drove straight through to Iowa. One of my unknown 3 room mates was Jan. In one of our earliest conversations, we realized we shared the same birthday! We were best buddies the next four years. I guess that's one of the fun things about Dordt College - you make life long friends from all over the United States AND Canada.
Our sophomore year of college a group of us drove (again, the blurple Vega) to Breckenridge, Colorado and went skiing. So. Much. Fun. It was a warm spring and we got FRIED while skiing. Girls were wearing bikinis!! Us nice Dordt girls wore ski pants and t-shirts. My face got so sunburned I couldn't open my eyes one morning.
After that sophomore year, Jan and I drove to California. Again, camping along the way. We visited the Grand Canyon. We ended up at my aunt's house in southern California. I can't even imagine how terrible we smelled when we showed up in our overalls and cowboy hats.
Junior year spring break I drove home to Washington with my sister Sharon (she was a freshman at Dordt and had been dating my friend Denny). She was getting engaged while we were home - Denny came also - so I tagged along. I think Jan went to Texas or something. The last week of our junior year I met Les. Since I was dating/engaged our senior year, I of course didn't spend as much time with Jan, but we decided to take one more trip that spring break. We decided to drive to Washington D.C. The blurple Vega had been sold (I needed money!) so we took Jan's mustard yellow Toyota . Off we went. I had a high school friend who was going to Med School at George Washington so we had arranged to stay with him in his apartment. Jan and I had a great time in D.C. I remember feeling so patriotic while visiting all those famous monuments. We visited Dan one day at his school and he showed us some kind of room with every body part you can imagine jarred up in formaldehyde. I had totally forgotten about visiting that room - Jan just reminded me of it last week!!! That trip we also drove to New York City and Philadelphia.
|Washington Monument in the background. Great photo quality back then!|
|Graduation Day!! 1981|
|Later visits - 1987 and 1989|