From Skating to Surfing! – The Adventurer

Dear Adventurer Parents,

We left Los Angeles all satisfied with what we had accomplished and were still eager to conquer the itinerary set for San Diego.

The group spared no time in San Diego as we immediately planted ourselves under the shining sun at La Jolla Beach. Gen S, Julia S, Kim and Hallie enjoyed taking in the heat and the sounds of the ocean. Meanwhile, Mattie and Emmy took on Jeremy S. and Sam in the card game Kent. The game got so intense that they decided to keep the competition going until the very end of the trip by keeping track of the score.

Following the day at the beach, the members settled into the campground and enjoyed the Night Circus activity. Isaac and Mitch were among many who tried their hand in glow-in-the-dark ring toss, while Jared B and Oli tried to best each other in glow-in-the-dark bowling.

On day 30 we visited the world famous San Diego Zoo. Jared B, Louis P and Zach B enjoyed seeing flamingos, bears, giraffes, elephants and all sorts of animals while on the bus tour. Rebecca was so excited for the zoo that she got a stuffed animal of her favorite animal, a Tiger! Ashley G, Melissa B, Albert and Julia S took the Skyfari, an elevated gondola that allowed for visitors to take-in the sights of the Zoo from above! Just after the zoo, we all got to go ice-skating. Sydney B, John A, Shayne, Chad and Austin flew around the ice and found it very cool to skate in a city that never has snow. As well, there were tons of Trip Members willing to strut their hockey and figure skating skills.

We then spent the evening on the port at Seaport Village. Isaac bumped into his cousin on another Westcoast trip and was very excited to see her. Meanwhile, Issie and Olivia spent their time relaxing and taking in the sunset at a nearby hammock shop.

The next day the trip became true Californians by surfing the waves of San Diego. Toni M, Richard C, Hannah M, and Zak S picked up the sport very quickly and were able to get on the board and consistently cruise the waves. Totally rad! Everyone left the beach extremely happy and comparing surf tales.

Adventurer Catching Waves

After the ocean adventure, the trip caught a baseball game on a beautiful clear night at Petco Park to see the San Diego Padres take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Harry, Eric W, Benji Z and Oli P were so excited to experience a game in a park they had never been to before. Gavin and Harlan were also so excited that they brought their mitts with them with hopes of catching a foul ball. Mitch F and Louis-Alexandre were lucky enough to have actually gotten a souvenir game ball. Talia T, Sydney B, Shauna, Julie S, Sabrina W and Jon L danced the night away to try and get themselves on the big screen!

Next stop is Las Vegas and there’s nothing short of sheer excitement in the air.

Viva Las Vegas!

The Westcoast Blogger

WCC Trip Featured on the Jumbotron at Seattle Mariners Game – Northwestern Odyssey

Northwestern Odyssey checks in from Seattle.

Hello again!

As we write this it’s our final evening in Seattle before we shift gears and hit the road for our next adventure in Canada. It has been a fantastic couple of days since we traveled from Mt. Hood. Let us tell you why…

On Sunday, our first day in Seattle, we caught a close baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. Baseball fan or not, all of the kids left with smiles on their faces after being displayed on the Jumbotron in front of the entire stadium! If that wasn’t enough, our two trip members from Italy, Leonardo and Federico, threw their hands up in the air and managed to cause a wave effect that passed through hundreds of other spectators around the field. Good job boys!

The next day was probably the most action packed one yet as the group toured two of the city’s most recognizable and signature landmarks: Pike Place Public Market and the towering Seattle Space Needle. I think that any of us would now be able to recognize Seattle’s skyline after having explored the most distinguishable part of it. The highlight of the day however came that evening when Jordan, Eric, Max and Daniel M. won the Whirlyball championship. Whirlyball is a bizarre but tremendously fun cross between lacrosse and basketball that is played entirely in bumper cars (check out the pictures online!).

A trip to Seattle would not be complete without visiting the water front and so Tuesday morning’s kayak excursion did just that. With the clearest of blue skies overhead and not a cloud in sight, it was probably the best possible day that we could have been in the city’s bay. Later that afternoon we would revisit it, this time on an amphibious “duck” bus tour loaded with quirky and trivial facts about Seattle. Did you know that Jimi Hendrix bought his first guitar at a pawn store blocks away from where we are staying?

With that fun tidbit of information, we conclude this update but invite you to check back in a few days for the next one! We are thoroughly enjoying this road trip with your sons and daughters!

The staff from the Northwestern Odyssey

The Westcoast Blogger