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Chocolate-Filled Ghiradelli Square – California and the Canyons

An update from California and the Canyons!

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Dear California and the Canyons Parents,

With the song “Its time to take my hand” playing from the bus speakers as we boarded the bus, it was obvious that everyone was incredibly excited to begin our summer adventure together. Our trip director, Jesse, handed each of us a playing card, allowing us to match up with a new friend with the same color and number. As we drove away from the airport, on our right emerged the breathtaking San Francisco Bay and soon after the tall buildings of the city were looking large on each side of the bus. After discovering our new roommates and settling into the gorgeous Westin Hotel, we were off for our first dinner in Chinatown.

The next day we journeyed to San Francisco Bay with our first stop being Alcatraz. We ferried across the bay and were given headsets for our audio tour. “The knife sounds in the background of the audio guided tours made me shiver,” Manda recalls. Troy commented, “I felt like I was in a jail cell, it was really cool!” Alex, on the one mile ferry ride back, chuckled saying, “We did not wanna leave, we were so into it.” Rachel W. also added, “I didn’t know what it was before, but I learned a lot; I can’t believe 3 guys possibly escaped!”

For lunch, we split into groups of four or more, experiencing the famous Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. The afternoon finished with a trip to the chocolate-filled Ghiradelli Square and then a ball game in the evening.

After breakfast the next morning, we hopped on the bus and headed towards the artsy town of Sausalito. Our innovative programmer Brittany introduced a challenge: each group was given a pen that they had to exchange for something more valuable. At the end of the competition, Mike mentioned, “I didn’t think it would work, but people actually played along!” Nell said, “Being with new friends in a new city made it work!” As we boarded our bus in Sausalito, Jordan laughed and said, “You know, if you actually went around for a couple of days exchanging, you could really profit.”

We reached the hotel late in the afternoon to change after capturing several photos at the zig-zaggy Lombard Street. As Matt exited the bus, he smiled saying, “San Fran sites are great and the food is even better!!!”

Our last night in San Fran was spent enjoying a game of bowling. We definitely were the life of the bowling alley as we loudly celebrated when someone was able to knock down all of the pins. Daniel F. achieved the highest score with 138!

We will keep you updated on our adventure and hope that you all have an excellent weekend!