Good evening all. We ended up taking another night in Columbia. Hopefully we will get up at a good time tomorrow and get another full day of driving. The sister is still sick and I just couldn't drag her on the road again.
Permit driver and I have taken the opportunity to try and seek more real food for our meals while we are in an actual town.
Exploring in the light of day, I realized that the Quality Inn is across I-70 from the College (I think the University of Missouri). Anyway, when we went in search of food it was a lot like the U-district; difficult parking and lots and lots of pedestrians. The store fronts were considerably cuter though.
I couldn't figure out why the streets were so packed on a Saturday until I overheard a student and realized it was orientation. I am assuming early decision orientation or something? So many of the cars had parking tickets. I felt bad for them. By the way, you can get about 30 minutes on the meter for $.25. I was stunned the parking was so cheap. I got so excited I accidentally put 2 hours on the meter when I finally found one I could get the Suburban into.
This is the atrium outside our room with the pool. I know the photos are way too dark to really get a sense of it, but it is actually a very peaceful and nice area to walk out to. These views are literally outside our door.