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Birthday, Bowling & Bald Eagles – American Voyageur

Hanging out on the American Voyageur!

Dear family and friends of the American Voyageur,


The Westcoast Blogger reporting here on the first amazing four days in Utah and Wyoming!  As I write this we are driving by the remarkable Grand Teton Mountains on our way to Old Faithful – what an incredible view! We’ve done so much in these first few days and bonded so well that it seems like we’ve been together for weeks!

Day 1 of our trip started strong with everyone arriving in Salt Lake City greeted at the airport by delicious snacks from our joyous Trip Director Alexa.  The trip members had their first chance to meet one another as well as the whole staff and our awesome bus driver, Matt!

Upon arrival at Lagoon campsite we quickly showed our teamwork skills and put up our tents in record time!  Soon after, we spent a few hours at the Lagoon amusement park. This served our very own Day 1 Birthday Boy, Bennett well as he came back from the amusement park with so many prizes that he had to give several away!

Day 2 was jam packed with activities that everyone enjoyed! We started our day with rides on an Alpine Coaster at the beautiful Park City Ski Resort. We were even complimented by the employees there for our politeness! The adventures continued with the afternoon spent at the Lagoon Water Park. Many of us were still recovering from our travel day from home and the perfect cure was available in the form of the lazy river. Relaxation in the sun was apparently exactly what Daniel needed to shoot an impressive 121 at the bowling alley that evening. Though some bowlers had unorthodox techniques, everyone managed to knock over at least one pin!

Day 3 allowed for some recovery as we travelled to Jackson, Wyoming. With Canada Day on July 1st we celebrated accordingly by listening to songs by Justin Bieber, Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne. Before arriving at our spacious and gorgeous condos in Jackson, we spent the afternoon playing basketball and swimming at the Teton Rec Center. We finished things up by settling into our condos at the Snow King Resort.

Day 4 was awesome as many of us had the chance to go white water rafting for the first time! It was a truly memorable experience; we travelled 8.3 miles in rafts down the Snake River.  We witnessed a bald eagle perched on a tree watching us pass – another first for many.  We decided the only appropriate thing to do would be to serenade it by singing the “Star Spangled Banner”.

We are now on day 5 as we continue on our travels towards Canada. In fact, we have just witnessed Old Faithful in all her glory. We’ll be spending most of the day in the magnificent scenery present in Yellowstone National Park with many more adventures to come!

-The Westcoast Blogger