DAY 14, On our way to UTAAAH!!!
After sleeping through the cold rainy night in Yosemite Park—WE SURVIVED!!!!! There were no bears and we all slept through the night! We woke up at 6:45 (Later than usual ;) ) and began our 10 hour ANNNDDD 50 min journey from California to Utah! WOOHOOO!!!!!! It actually wasn’t as long as you’d think.
For breakfast today, we had choices between strawberry, blueberry, and peach yogurt!!! It was absolutely ravishing! In addition we ALSO had chocolate chip granola bars! Grape juice was the perfect drink to wash down this delicious breakfast!
Mr. G’s helpful hand quickly dispersed any bus troubles we had and we were able to catch up on some much needed Z’s.
|Callie Smith and Clara Little catching up on a few Z's|
|Apparently Abby Christian is pretty comfortable|
|Sara Beth Parker was done with seats, and decided the aisle looked more comfortable|
|Ain't it sweet? Grayson Jackson rocking friends to sleep|
|This has got to be sleepers of the day...good job Morgan Bostic and Avery Clark|
This long ride called for MANY amazing games and sing-alongs. We could hear Adele being sung on the bus—no matter WHAT vehicle we were riding!!! Whether it was in our dreams or not, many of us got stuck with hearing “SET FIIIIREEEEEE TO THE RAINNNNN!!!” Which was very ironic, because it started pouring rain!!! (hehe) Also, the competitiveness was out of the roof!!!! Playing card games like Uno, Apples&Apples, and BS gave us all a good laugh while we rolled through Nevada! Some of us chose to write letters home, update our journal, or even get into a good book. Another popular game was "Heads Up", where we used counselor Sarah's phone to give us topics to describe and act out, much like scherades.
|Liz Cox doing a little summer reading|
|Book club with Sam Russel and Analee Decker|
|Hanging in the back of the bus|
|Can you guess what Sarah's phone says|
|Come on Riely Kiefer, you can get this one!|
For lunch—our cooks (the Dopeys) surprised us ONCE AGAIN with gourmet sandwiches!! These sandwiches had cheese and salami (OoOoOoO Yum)!!!! Not to mention, they also got cheese balls! Unfortunately, these only lasted about 2 hours. BUUUTTTTT that’s okay, because our next stop was SAFEWAY!!!!
Here, many of our family members decided to take a nap on the curbs of the street, and buy tubs of ice cream for everyone!!!! All were impressed when Kayla Capps yet again ate her very own tub of ice cream in 15 minutes. That girl loves her some ice cream.
Our last rest stop was a very curious stop. As we entered Utah we began to see white grounds for miles and miles. Many of us believed that there was a thin layer of snow on the ground but our fearless leader Grant quickly informed us that it was in fact salt.
|Snow or salt|
|Alex Garrigus will find out!|
|Riahnnon Smith is discovering how salty Utah really is|
|Maddie Lawson licking the ground|
|Avery Biber, that's not how you do a push up|
|Carly Brown seems a little lonely, she is kissing the ground|
|Trey Dry is wishing he had some mashed potatoes to put with all this salt|
|Ryan Phillips giving the salt flats a taste|
|Jake Studebaker.....that is a HUGE lick|
|Callie Smith and Clara Little licking away|
|Tristan Benson finding out that Grant did tell the truth|
|All together now Kayla Capps, Emilio Blair, and Nolan Beatty|
|Ryan found out that here there is a whole new meaning to salt water|
|Matt McConnel chilling in the salt pool|
|IT REALLY IS SALT!!|
Dinner was an interesting change from our USUAL tortilla wraps!!! Everyone felt very healthy as we smashed the bags of salad (PLASTIC INCLUDED. . . .just kidding!). We also had Hawaiian rolls—which seem to be the new HIT! Everyone loves them almost as much as we love Josh (kidding again—we love Josh more than anything)!
We finished up with striped fudge cookies and chips (a nice salty AND sweet treat ;) )!!!!!
As we are we marveled over one of the most magnificent sunsets we’ve seen on TWB—a mix of ALLLLLL colors of the rainbow!
Another thing we have been anticipating is . . . .. (Drum roll . . .)
MAIL DAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! Today is the day we can open and read our letters & packages from our family and friends! We’ve been looking forward to this day since day 1! We are SOOOO EXCITED!!!!! ;)
It was finally time to open our mail after arriving at The Convention Center in Toole, Utah!!!!!
Everyone gathered together in a circle aroun the massive pile of packages and letters. The counselors began yelling names and gave, more like threw our mail to us! It was like Christmas for the TWB family
There were TONS of tears shed and hugs around the room. (PLUS, now we’re stocked up on food!!!)
WE LOVE & MISS YOU ALL DEARLY
To finish our day, we all gathered our Christmas gifts (hehe) and went to devour all of the food (So we could fit it in our bags )!!! We all fell asleep in a rush of happiness (& SUGAR, of course)!!!!!
|That is a lot of mail|
|So close now!|
|Emilio Blair and Luke Edwards are stoked!|
|Ty Brown, like the grinch who stole Christmas, after some participant's candy|
|McKenzie Auten brought to tears by her letters and quickly Tristan Benson is there to give her a hug|
|What is that Sarah Kate Rankin?|
|Logan Schultz is wondering where will she be able to pop this popcorn?|
|Jake Studebaker sporting the new UCLA gear while opening mail|
|Tristan Benson looks a little concerned that Brison Bingham was sent a box of water balloons|
|Kate Reed Inabinet drinking her.....bacon soda?|
|Sophie Andrews, like many others, got pictures of her dogs|
|Georgia Privott and Allie Binkley twinning for the win|
|Kayla Capps does not look thrilled about her Obama card|
|Ana Ramsey was willing to give a sip of her cherry lemon sundrop to Scotlyn McDowell, what a good friend|
|Even the counselors got in on some fun stuff in the mail|
|Literally the perfect shirt for Ty|