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One Last Goodbye – California & The Canyons

Dear Families of California & The Canyons,

We hope you’ve all had a nice reunion with your teens.  Here is a final update from their staff…

As we sit here at the final banquet, it is hard to believe that three incredible weeks have flown by so quickly. From Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge to waterskiing in Tahoe, we all met new people and started to form new friendships. We then enjoyed our first camping experiences and sat by the campfire as we continued to bond. From making movies at Universal Studios to LA hotspots in Hollywood and Beverley Hills, we caught a glimpse of the celebrity lifestyle. In San Diego, we visited the zoo and got the chance to surf, which was a trip highlight for many. In Las Vegas, we experienced thrill rides and the bright lights of the strip.  And then on to Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon and Sedona where we were fortunate enough to experience some of the most breathtaking views in the entire country.  It has truly been a whirlwind of an adventure!

We spent our last day together relaxing by the pool and soaking in the last opportunities to enjoy each other’s company. We began our banquet this evening tying friendships bracelets around our wrists and sharing all our favorite memories from the trip. After a delicious last meal, we continued the night with dancing and writing final goodbye letters to one another. We had the wonderful opportunity to Skype with staff Matt who had only joined us for the first two weeks of the trip. And we concluded the night with an unforgettable slideshow that showcased the highlights of our journey playing to the music from our morning mix.

The friendships we have made will surely last a lifetime. It has been an honour and a pleasure to get to know each and every trip member.

Jesse, Kristen, Monica, Lauren and Elliot (& Matt!)

Westcoast Blogger