I am sitting in the airport in Vegas. I have been here since 10 this morning. The kids’ flight left about an hour ago. They are headed back to their camp in Naples, Maine for their final few weeks as campers. After that they’ll all be moving on to bigger and better things. I love summer camps. The experiences, communities, and opportunities for friendship and personal growth exist within the boundaries of these places like they do no where else. And, unless you’ve been a part of one there is no way to describe it in a way that you’ll understand.
A few thoughts before I get on my plane….
• In true tour fashion, I don’t think I need to eat again until next summer.
• I love Utah and all of the geographical diversity it offers.
• I don’t love Vegas. I’m not sure I even like it, but I love how much the kids love it.
• I know I am on tour when I can drink coffee at 9 o’clock at night and still fall asleep in 3 seconds. In my real life I don’t typically caffinate.
• I liked running this tour, but missed having all my tour friends out there doing the same thing.
Boarding now…. More to come later… I can’t wait to get home and see my munchkins (aka my niece and nephew from Cali who will be visiting with my sis and bro in law)
Remember that kind of relaxing morning I had yesterday? Yeah that came to a screeching halt as soon as the kids walked into baggage claim. Fortunately, all kids arrived safely with all luggage coming right behind them. We went out to meet the bus where Frank, our driver, was waiting for us. I’ve got a special place in my heart for these bus drivers. Their role will either make my job a whole lot easier or a whole lot more stressful. I’ve worked with some great drivers in the past, but I have also heard of some not so great stories and perhaps experienced a few myself. I also appreciate the opportunity to get to know an individual who I definitely would not have in my normal, daily life. So far Frank has easily and safely gotten us where we’ve needed to go.
Upon meeting this group, I immediately noticed one thing…these boys are polite. I’ve gotten more ‘thank yous’ in the past day than I did some entire summers on trips that lasted 6 weeks. Also, they are just happy to be here. They started cheering when i told them we’d be going to the movies last night. I am happy to be the one opening their eyes and worlds a little bit.
Today we are off to check out the town of park city, spend a few hours having a picnic lunch-tour style, hitting up the PC Olympic center where we will watch ski jumpers train, ride the alpine slide, go ziplining, out to dinner, and to a family fun center for some mini golf and batting cages. I’d say we’ve got a full day ahead.
As an aside, the University of Utah has a kick ass dining hall. At dinner last night there was a beautiful salad bar with fresh, crisp veggies. I was happy to see that because perhaps my other two meals were far,far from being even close to clean eating. I also had some rice with a black bean chili.
Have a good day people.
Hi everyone! I won’t be able to post pictures until I get home because I am not carrying my computer but I thought I’d post some updates when and if I have wifi access and time allows (which might be never after I meet the kids at the airport this afternoon).
I arrived after hours of delays in SLC late last night. After spending many summers flying with groups of kids I am easily able to deal with delays on my own. They are still annoying, but I am always glad I only have myself to entertain as I pass the hours. This morning I got up, ate some toast for b-fast from the continental breakfast downstairs… Which already made me feel crappy….damn you gluten sensitivity…. Went for an hour long walk in the SLC sun and thinner air. SLC is over 4000 ft above sea level, sitting almost at the same height as the summit of Mt. Mansfield, our tallest mountain in VT. I made some final phone calls to get things as organized as I can before we start and now I am going to read, organize my bag, shower, and head back to the airport to meet the group. Tonight is a low key night that involves checking into the dorms, having dinner @ the dining hall, and hitting up the movies. Tomorrow we are off to explore Park City…. Walking around town, having a picnic lunch at the park, watching the Olympic athletes train. Ziplining, alpine sliding, and we’ll finish our day with a little family fun center… Batting cages, mini golf, etc…..
Should be a fun day. I am really looking forward to getting back to Moab which is our next stop.