It was with mixed emotions today that we left Minnesota, en route to Chicago, to take the most wonderful oldest daughter in the history of oldest daughters, Libby Tonn, to Loyola University Chicago, where she is an incoming freshman. She is almost nineteen years old, so she is more than ready to go! But it’ll be strange…not having her around to share my taste in music or groan at my latest lame Dad Joke. Our youngest (Ellie, 15) will still be at home to roll her eyes and groan at me whenever I roll out my most recent lame joke, or am listening to a little “East Side” or “West Side.” 🙂 But not having Libby around will feel as though a piece of me is missing.

Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy and excited for her to spread her wings and leave our nest. As it is time for her to make her King Kong-sized positive dent on the world! But I like having her around. And with her now leaving, I won’t get to see or talk with her a fraction as much as before. That’s okay, I guess. When I left for college? I never lived at home again, and only came home when Bethel (University) closed the dorms for holidays. Maybe it is more that I can’t believe I am old enough to have a child in college?

Speaking of mid-life crises…ha! After our eight-hour drive from Southwest Minnesota to the Northern suburbs of Chicago, we had JUST ENOUGH daylight left for me to quick sneak in nine holes at a course across the street from our hotel: Trinity International University in Bannockburn, Illinois.

After spending most of the day trapped in a van with a mountain of things and three other people, I was ready for a little exercise! Though I hadn’t been expecting a nine-hole, 3,660 foot monster. It was fairly open and not difficult to play! But I don’t have a big arm to begin with, and needed to race right from the van to the course with zero warm-up (daylight was disappearing fast)? It was tough on my back and ribs. I managed to play okay, to the tune of a 28 (-8 using posted pars…but a par of around 31-32 would have been more accurate, in my estimation). Then I briskly walked back to our hotel at dusk for a little pizza. As well as our last night together as a family of four. 🙁

Magic Number = 187 (1,813 Courses Played)

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A main purpose of this blog will be to share information, helpful tips and tricks (everything from health and fitness to methods for saving money while you’re out “bagging courses” of your own), and ideas for better, safer course design. But I am also hoping to inspire others with my passion for the sport, via the stories I can share about all of the interesting experiences I have. All of the interesting people I meet. All of the amazing courses I am blessed to have the opportunity to play. If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to get off the couch, get “out of their bubble” or “security blanket” and explore more of this big, beautiful planet we all call home? Then I will consider this effort a success.

About Derek

Taking My Daughter to College - Tonn's Travels

Derek Tonn is a member of the DGA’s Ambassador Team. His company, Mapformation, LLC, has been DGA’s partner in the development of disc golf tee signage since 2012. The longer our two companies have worked together, and the more Derek has gotten to know all the great folks at DGA, the more he has wanted to formally sing the company’s praises. The more he has realized that “Steady” Ed the father of disc golf and the modern-day Frisbee vision for the sport and his company perfectly describes his own interests and priorities related to disc golf, and the more Derek has recently been encouraged to share his story.