Celebrating Dad’s Weekend 2019

JKay Dunlevy

Kay Dunlevy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 7 November 2019

I love Dad’s Weekend – it’s one of the few chances I get to spend time alone with my dad, who is truly one of my favorite people in the world. For some reason though, we have always spent Dad’s Weekend outside of Athens. This year, we wanted to change it up and stick around OU, especially since this is probably the last time he’ll be here before I graduate.

We packed a lot into this weekend, but a few activities really stuck out to me. For instance, we went to the women’s basketball game on Saturday. This seems like a pretty basic Dad’s Weekend activity, but it was actually really special for my dad and I.

When I was in high school, we had a tradition of watching girls basketball games together. Now, one of those girls plays for Walsh, who OU always plays during Dad’s Weekend. We’ve talked about going to watch her play since I was a freshman, and this was the year we finally got to go. It was so fun to watch someone we knew on the court and catch up with her parents in the stands, but mostly I just enjoyed getting to revive our tradition.

Larry’s Dawg House was another weekend staple. This is our favorite place to eat in Athens, mostly because their chocolate marshmallow milkshakes are spectacular. And, since my mom wasn’t there to remind us how unhealthy it was, we ate at Larry’s multiple times!

Sunday, my dad and I explored Hocking Hills. We both love the outdoors, so we had a ton of fun hiking the trails and seeing the beautiful views! Hocking Hills is definitely one of my favorite places to visit around OU, so experiencing it with my dad made it even better.

OU Dad's Weekend 2019

Spending quality time with my dad is always fun, but getting to enjoy some OU classics with him made it even better. Hopefully he can come back down to explore more of OU before I graduate!

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