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Exploring the Canyons! – Californian Extravaganza

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Sin City treated us well! Right after we checked out the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, we headed to our hotel pool. After catching some rays and eating a delicious buffet dinner, we headed to the Venetian for some shopping. There, some of the boys saw the first famous Indian NBA basketball player, Satnam Singh Bhamara. It was exciting to see him tower over the boys, as he’s over seven feet tall!

grand canyon californian extravaganza blog 5 photo 1The following morning, we headed to the Stratosphere, the world famous lookout tower in Las Vegas, and we went on three thrill-seeking rides over 1,000 feet in the air. A fan favorite was Big Shot, a drop from the top of the tower. Later that evening, we went to New York-New York, and the rollercoaster through the hotel and outside of it was, for a lot of us, one of our favorite parts of the trip. Afterwards, we headed to M&M World and the Coca Cola Factory. We were all in awe of the bright lights and colors that were there, but many kids became infatuated with the water massage beds located right between the two.

The following morning, we hiked our first canyon of the week, Zion. Just before the hike, we broke out color war and divided up the Red In-N-Out Team and the Blue Chipotle Team. We started our battle on the hike with high spirits, and made our way to the campsite. When we hiked Bryce Canyon the next day, everyone made sure to dress up in their team colors. After the hike, we started our big color war events. First, we had the Apache Relay, including an Over-Under game, an egg walk, cup stacking, and so much more. Red In-N-Out won by a whopping 15 seconds! We then started our first capture the flag game, where Chipotle made a huge comeback and won both games. We ended the competitions for the afternoon with a co-ed touch football game where Chipotle came out victorious. After dinner we ended the competition with team skits, and the Red team ended up winning the whole thing!

grand canyon californian extravaganza blog 5 photo 2After departing our last campground, we traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona, which is our final state for this journey. We had a delicious dinner, and decided it was time for a treat, so we went to Cold Stone Creamery, and it was delicious! The following day, we were blown away by the Grand Canyon. Our hike gave us beautiful views while testing our athletic abilities. That night, we were able to rest and enjoy a choice of movies at a local theater.

It was time to explore the beautiful town of Sedona, Arizona! We ventured off on our Pink Jeep Tour, which was amazing and filled with breathtaking views and adventures. We ended the night at Dave and Buster’s having multiple arcade game battles.

On our final day we enjoyed our last lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and had some relaxing time by the pool before celebrating at our final banquet. This trip has been the journey of a lifetime, meeting friends from different towns, states, and even countries. We learned, we laughed, we competed, and we created memories that will last forever!

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