Good morning / afternoon / evening to the friends and families of the Great Voyager Trip!
And just like that we’re half way done… Week 3 began back in the USA where we rolled into Seattle for a two day stop exploring attractions such as the Space Needle, Pike place, and the EMP (Experimental Music Project) museum! Many of us could barely contain ourselves as we took in the view of the classic “Grey’s Anatomy” skyline at the top of the space needle. Everyone enjoyed taking in the city on a beautifully clear night where the skyline was lit up with the lights and sounds of downtown Seattle!
The next day we headed to the famous Pike Place Market where group photos were taken in front of the Gum wall (which to our surprise did not have the sweet scent of Tutti Fruit we were all hoping for). Beyond this trip members headed off to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee from the first ever Starbucks location in the world! Our stay in Seattle ended with a night of fun at a local Whirlyball rink which was described as a combination of Bumper cars, Lacrosse and Basketball! The online pictures don’t do justice the amount of fun that was had by all as we whipped around the court bumping, smashing, and scoring our way to victory!
After Seattle we headed to our first big city stop on the tour in San Francisco! Our first night was spent at “Club City”, where the dance floor gave way to some slick moves. The next day included a trip to Alcatraz, Pier 39 as well as Chinatown! Hearing the audio tour of this incredible prison really threw everyone into the past as we heard stories about the many escape attempts and convicts that spent time on the island! We even had the pleasure of meeting an ex – Guard who was doing a book signing at the store following the audio tour. Lunch at Pier 39 had seafood on the menu as large groups assembled to enjoy incredible Crab, Lobster, and Clam chowder sour dough bread bowls. With full stomachs and happy faces we headed to load up on chocolate and world famous sundaes at Ghirardelli square (parents expect a few chocolate squares in the luggage back home) before heading to dinner. We scrapped the bus as our transportation method and instead took the rail car from full house. Our final day before Lake Tahoe had us walking the Golden Gate Bridge, grabbing lunch in the always sunny Sausalito and attending the Blue Jays vs. Oakland A’s baseball game. Some of the Canadian Trip Members were disappointed in the end result of the game, but none the less all had a good time cheering and taking pictures from the upper deck.
The week ended with a stay at the lovely Lake Tahoe campground where we spent a day at the beach tubing, wake boarding, water skiing and sailing around this scenic 2 million year old lake! The Evening program at the campsite involved everyone competing in teams to come up with and sing songs containing different key words in a riff off style competition. Everyone enjoyed being the loudest group on the campsite as we went back and forth singing around the campfire.
We are now at UCLA where Disneyland, Universal, Hollywood Blvd., and Venice Beach await!
Until next time,
The Westcoast Blogger
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