Throwback Thursday: College Days at USU

Odometer (Legend):  528,849

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Odometer (ILX):  69,158

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You know, I haven’t always lived where the palm trees grow.  From 2004-2005, I resided in the far northern reaches of Utah where people actually experience four distinct seasons, unlike in Arizona.  I earned my undergraduate degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.  USU was established in 1888 as a small agricultural college but today has multiple campuses and a total student body of over 28,000.

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“Old Main” is the oldest building on campus, which dates back to 1890.  This photo was taken in August 2005.

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In July 2012, my brand new ILX took its first trip to Logan.

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Logan is about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, and only 19 miles from the Idaho state line.

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I had every intention of keeping my prized (then sub-150k mile) 1994 Legend out of the snow.  I even bought a “winter beater” – a friend’s 1991 Legend L coupe 5-speed with 186,600 miles on it.  Here’s a shot from October 30, 2004 – the very important key hand-off photo.  He sold me the car for only $700.

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It’s hard to believe that was 10 years ago.  I wasted no time in getting the car cleaned up.  It was fun to have two Legend coupes for awhile.  Check out my dad’s collection of antlers in the garage!

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I put that Charcoal Granite Metallic 1991 coupe to good use at college.  I hauled hundreds of pounds of canned goods during a local Thanksgiving food drive.  It was riding low on the suspension with all that weight in the interior & trunk.

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Thanksgiving 2004 with my friend Heidi in Nephi, Utah on the way back to college after the holiday.  Yes, those are 17″ wheels off a 2002 Lexus IS300.

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Frosty winter morning in Cache Valley, northern Utah.

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Unfortunately, my time with that particular coupe was cut short when it overheated on a date and blew the engine’s head gasket later that same year.  At one time, I also had a 1991 Honda Prelude Si 4WS that I used in the wintertime.

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Eventually, though, the 1994 Legend did have to report for snow duty.  And it surely did endure some extreme weather.  These were taken during & after one particular snowstorm in the winter of 2004-05.

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Thank goodness for front-wheel-drive and a heavy car.  The Legend did great in the snow.

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Digging out

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The good news is that during those winters, I lived close enough to campus to walk there and I didn’t have to deal with icy road conditions on a daily basis.  Even though I don’t miss the weather, I do miss the sense of community and school spirit that was overflowing at Utah State University.  Go Aggies!

3 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: College Days at USU”

  1. After I graduate High School I plan to move to Utah for college at either University of Utah or Utah State!

  2. Im in Pocatello Idaho right now. Also wrapping up my Junior year of HS.

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