A couple of weeks ago we made the trip down to Alabama to see two very good friends get hitched. It was an amazing wedding and was great to see friends and soak up some 90 degree weather. Ok. I felt like I was going to melt. But it was still awesome.
The ceremony was held under the pavilion in Perry Lakes Park.
I completely forgot to get a picture of the sign warning people that "too people" have drowned in these waters. The best part is that it originally said one...and they crossed it out and wrote "too".
At the end of the boardwalk we reached the bird tower. I was determined to climb to the top since I had not been back since it was constructed. So I did. And I did not stop sweating for the rest of the day. Cute right?
I should also mention that each one of these (pavilion, bridge, bird tower) is a past thesis project done by Auburn Rural Studio students. Pretty cool, right? There's no way in hell I could have constructed that bird tower.
The climb was worth it for the view. Only a few people could fit at the top because each platform decreased in size as you climbed up, but I definitely hogged a spot for long enough to catch my breath and take some pics.
After I carefully climbed back down we headed over to the reception. They had a really fun bluegrass band outside...and inside...pie. Yum. After an awesome reception we all headed back to a friends place for pizza and drinks...and then I was pooped so we went back to the Gateway Inn (classy) to crash.
Sunday morning I was able to get a better look at the blue tarp covered contraption outside our motel. Doves and Pheasants. I have no idea why there was a Dove/Pheasant house outside the motel...but there was. Amazing. There were a number of stray cats in the area that seemed to find this pretty amazing too.
After checking out of the dream motel we went to the final event of the weekend. Brunch at Pielab. Yum.
Unfortunately a bunch of friends had already left by the time I had the genius idea to get a pic with my camera, but we did get this pic with a lot of our Auburn Architecture friends. Need to hunt down some of the larger group pics.
Before zooming back to the city one of our friends was nice enough to drive us around to some of the projects that have been completed more recently or are still under construction.
This is a thesis project currently under construction. It is a playground made from steel drums that were originally used to transport mint oil...for toothpaste...I think. I'm interested to see how this one comes out. My favorite playground as a kid was constructed almost entirely from tires (CHCS-holla!) so this could potentially be pretty cool.
One level of barrels was for climbing and then another level overhead is meant for shading so that the barrels will not get as hot. I questioned the idea a little when I first heard it, but when you walk into the space it really does cool down a lot. They will be pouring rubber around all the barrels so the kids won't kill themselves.
One of the most amazing recent projects is the skate park. The thesis team that completed this got a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation that paid for most, if not all of the construction. I might be wrong about that...but I think someone said that. You can't really tell in the pictures, but there were tons of people using the park that day. And they were really good. Like, little kids on skateboards doing things I'd never even try.
A smaller area to the side acts as a practice area before you try and tackle the big stuff. Love this sign.
So that was a lot. But it really doesn't even cover it. I forget to take pictures most of the time. There was also, milkshakes, grilled cheeses, toothless ladies, long drives in the dark, mosquitos, bug spray, Lincoln Towncars with really big wheels, sweet tea wine, awesome family members and really good friends. And that was just the part I participated in. We missed the Friday night crawfish boil. Which looked amazeballs.