( pics from spring breakCollapse )
Rebecca's parents live in Philadelphia so we headed back there after the weekend in Manhattan. In Philly we went to the zoo and saw Dallas Buyers Club in theaters. I think I like Philadelphia more than New York--it's not as packed with people and it has more historical character than NYC.
It's kind of nice to be back in my little mountain town after being in such big cities. We are supposed to get snow AGAIN this week, and I'm more than ready for spring. I want to be able to take Recchi to the park without freezing.
For one of my criminal justice classes we went on a field trip to two different local prisons. I know, that sounds really weird, but I actually had a good time. I like a lot of the people in my class and it was really interesting to see the differences in the minimum custody women's prison and the maximum custody men's prison. I wasn't able to bring Recchi with me on the field trip because the prison officials could not guarantee the safety of the dog--they said there had been cases of MRSA at the prison and they didn't want to endanger her. I was okay with leaving her at home for the day. We actually got to go into a "pod" or living area with prisoners who were just chilling at the tables and they showed us their cells and everything. All the women were really nice and they didn't mind answering any of our questions.
Honestly, visiting those prisons had more of an impact on me than going into the city. I feel like I learned a lot more while I was there.
This weekend me and Ben took a break from school work and visited Grandfather Mountain. I had been there once when I was a kid but it was in the middle of winter and I just remember being really high up and insanely cold. They said that the climate at the top of the mountain is equivalent to Newfoundland Canada, and I can believe it. My town may be in North Carolina but, because of the altitude, the climate is NOTHING like the rest of the state.( pics from Grandfather MountainCollapse )
I kept meaning to do a post about my spring break trip, but I was waiting until I had pics to share. When I was in NYC with Rebecca and her parents we visited Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Chinatown. We saw the Lion King, visited the Nintendo store and ate at some awesome places. I was really happy with how Recchi worked when we were in the city--she was in her element and I didn't have any difficulty with all the walking or on the subway. If I had gone there with a cane getting around would have been so much harder.