Last year’s Valentine’s Day weekend was spent with John, my dad, and my sister in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My dad was there coaching TCU’s lacrosse team, so we made the short drive down to watch them play several games and to hang out with my family.
On Friday, we drove straight down to my dad’s lacrosse game and got there with just enough time to say hello to him and find my sister in the crowd. After the game, the entire team, coaching staff, and some family members went to T J Ribs and enjoyed some great barbecue.
Saturday afternoon was jam packed with activities. We got up early that morning, grabbed a quick breakfast at the hotel, and headed toward campus. As we strolled around under the oak trees and looked at the Italian styled academic buildings, we couldn’t help but compare our own college experiences to the ones we might’ve had at LSU. After spending some time on the Parade Ground observing the Frisbee players and sharing a few relaxed conversations, we headed toward Tiger stadium to see the football field and Mike the Tiger. We didn’t ignore the opportunity to see the awesome statue of Shaquille O’neal at the PMAC basketball arena once we had had our fill of Tiger football monuments.
Touring the campus had worked up an appetite in us all, so we met a friend of mine at Sammy’s Grill. We had a traditional Cajun-style meal complete with crawfish, beer, and bread pudding. Afterward, we headed back to campus to cheer on TCU in their remaining lacrosse games. Winning really builds up an appetite, so we took my dad to The Chimes and enjoyed a few mid-afternoon brews while he enjoyed his burger.
We went to Reggie’s that evening and enjoyed happy hour specials at the dive-bar scene. Later that night, we met up with some of the TCU players at Tigerland. We were skeptical of how much we’d enjoy Tigerland at first, but we ended up staying until the morning.
We said our goodbyes to my dad and sister on Sunday after another hotel breakfast. This quick trip to Baton Rouge turned out to be a great weekend with great food, friends, and family.