Okay guys. This one is so important, I haven’t even taken a real shower yet… sitting here in my grimy travel clothes to get some important thoughts out. Let me tell you about a little camp, on a little bay, on a little side, of a medium-sized island, off of a big state called California. Lost yet? It’s the Catalina Island Marine Biology Institute.
The bell rang yesterday and the classes erupted into the halls like water bursting from a crumbling dam. It was hot outside and people stopped in crowds to hum and bubble about their vacation plans. We walked to Starbucks to get some sugary drinks and celebrate. We sat, sipped, and talked about world politics and tanning.
I’ve flown on a plane solo before. The first time was out and back to Utah when I was twelve (unaccompanied minor), the second was home from Utah, and this time was out and back from Utah ONCE AGAIN. So many things rock out in Utah… including BYU’s Volleyball Camp. I flew out a few days prior to hang with my rock’n Aunt and Grandma, then to the other Grandparents briefly, and off to camp for the kernel of the trip. It was a marvelous trip.
Things I learned?
• One can have church on a mountain
• Water tastes twenty times better once you realize how good over hydration feels
• All dogs are puppies at heart
• “The Office” never gets old, as well as British “Who done it?” shows. (thank YOUU Netflix!)
• Little recycled clock-compass men are adorable
• Salt Lake isn’t that far from Provo
•Saying “Goodbye” is hard
• The friendliest horses are males
• Mountain Air makes for a gorgeous sunset
• BYU is pretty quiet during the summer, until the camp kids come
• BYU truffles are the best in the world…. topping Lindor shockingly.
• Volleyball is nothing more than being uncomfortable in the squatting position, or awkwardly smacking a ball over a net. Tough stuff man.
• Guy coaches are an utter blast
• You don’t have to be some athletic god to play @ college level
• Missionaries love Hi-Chew
• A mob of hungry teenagers can be dangerous
• Seven Peaks is a rip-off ($10 for a plastic doughnut)
• The Cafe is not in the least
• Saying “Goodbye” is hard
• Advil can prevent painful misery
• Ice Cream and twelve hours of sleep in a dark Utah basement is the best recovery
• “Crazy for You” is the all-time best American play the U.S. has ever seen. Go see it.
• Do all your wash before going home to make unpacking a synch
• Saying “Goodbye” is hard
• Sometimes the best friends aren’t roommates, but strangers on plane next to you.
• Temple Run is depressing
• You haven’t felt statehood pride until you’ve flown over California as a Californian.
• Saying “Hey guys I missed you!” is really fun.
So this would be part one of my (cheater) west coast tour. Two missions to complete. One down, one to go, both on opposite ends of cali. Well, not quite.
Mission one was in fuchsia. Go to socal, (the desert), attend a graduation and return home in one peice. Mission two has yet to be completed, but will be blogged about at a later date. I’m blogging now somewhere in the middle chugging gatorade. (Halftime)
Yes, we’re getting to the graduation in the desert. My cousin actually, you could call her my role model. Also it was my first graduation, and it was LONG! Plenty ‘o time to snap some shots of juvial almost-adults in gowns. Here’s the story: