A Stroll Down West Pine Mall (the College Edition of Memory Lane)

Over the long 4th of July weekend, Mikey and I came up with a fun idea. We decided to switch up our daily dog park routine and take The Bear on a walk through the campus of our alma mater, St. Louis University.

The timing was perfect. All the college kids were back home for the summer, so we practically had the entire campus all to ourselves. With hardly a soul in sight, we were able to walk all of West Pine Mall, the main walkway that flows through campus.

The last time the hubs and I walked the main campus grounds was on our wedding day. We got hitched at St. Xavier College Church and had pictures taken with our wedding party on campus and at the nearby the Fox Theater.

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Our entourage on our wedding day

So its really been almost five years since we’ve set foot on the place where we met (or if you want to be all corny about it, fell in loooooo-oooove).

A few things have changed about the campus. There’s a new Center for Global Citizenship in the place where the athletic gym used to be. They also removed the statue of the school mascot, the Billiken (a mythical creature known to bring good luck if you rub its belly, in case you were wondering). Not sure where it went. Maybe at the new Chaifetz Arena where the Billiken basketball teams play.

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Billiken pictured here

There are also a few new statues in various grassy areas of campus and a swanky new Starbucks and Chipotle in the place where Del Taco used to be.

But overall, SLU is still very much the same.

On the east side of campus, there are lakes, a rock garden and plenty of statues. The Bear had a crocodile encounter while there.

On the east side of campus, there are lakes, a rock garden and plenty of statues. The Bear had a crocodile encounter while there.

It's official. The Bear swam in the Dolphin Pond. That now makes three of us!

It’s official. The Bear swam in the Dolphin Pond. That now makes three of us!

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Approaching Grand Boulevard, the street that huge groups of students cross on a daily basis to get to class, dodging cars on the way across.

The clock tower, the location of one or two serious "relationship talks" shared between Mikey and me during our  SLU years.

The clock tower, the location of one or two serious “relationship talks” shared between Mikey and me during our SLU years.

The Bear picks a fight with the clock tower fountains. Typical Bear behavior.

The Bear picks a fight with the clock tower fountains. Typical Bear behavior.

Cupples House, a historic home and on-campus museum. During my summer internship at SLU, I'd sit on the patio on my lunch break and call Mikey to kill time.

Cupples House, a historic home and on-campus museum. During my summer internship at the SLU Admissions office, I’d sit on the patio on my lunch break and talk to Mikey on my cell phone until it was time to go back.

St. Francis Xavier College Church, where Mikey and I tied the knot.

St. Francis Xavier College Church, where Mikey and I tied the knot.

Truth be told, I’d give a lot to go back to college. Where mid-day naps were built into my daily routine. Where eating hot dogs cooked on the George Foreman for lunch every day was totally acceptable. Where sweatpants and a baseball cap were the unofficial school uniform.

And then adulthood sets in, and I settle for a yearly stroll down memory lane (aka West Pine Mall). I think that will do just fine.

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