From the Midwest to the Eastcoast – Eastcoast Encounter

Dear Friends and Family of Eastcoast Encounter,

Take me out to the ball game! Take me out to the crowd! Our trip was treated to a real thriller in Cleveland where the Cleveland Indians took on the Oakland Athletics. Unfortunately the home team did not prevail as the Athletics beat the Indians to a 5-4 win. Before witnessing America’s favorite pastime, the group was privileged to walk the halls and view rock and roll history at the Rock and Roll hall of fame. What a treat! Ringo Starr’s full original drum set was on display, artifacts from every era of music and for all you single ladies out there, there even was a Beyoncé exhibit. Everyone had a great time snapping photos of their favorite rock and roll artists. Next up was a fun day at Cedar Point Rollercoaster Park where everyone spent the day riding thrilling roller coasters and indulging in delicious foods including funnel cakes and hot dogs.

Then we were off to Washington D.C.  We visited the Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War memorial, World War II Memorial which all led to a group debriefing where we were each able to share what we are grateful for.

Active Teen Tour

Next up was the Zoo where the giant pandas were the main exhibit! The pandas were so cute and our group enjoyed all of the animals we saw. Following the fun morning at the zoo we headed to Union Market to enjoy a plethora of different cuisines, and then enhanced our knowledge at the Newseum.

From there we headed to Virginia where we spent the morning sliding down some crazy water slides at Water Country USA and screaming our heads off on some of America’s best rides at Busch Gardens. Our last day in Virginia was spent swimming and hanging out at the beach where there was never a dull moment!  Everyone had an amazing day which led to an even more amazing night at an all time favorite, Dave and Busters, where trip members had the opportunity to enjoy some time playing a wide range of different games!  Dance Dance Revolution was a real hit! We can’t wait to update you on our magical adventures in Orlando!

The Westcoast Blogger

Fallin’ for Canada – U.S. Explorer

Hi from U.S. Explorer!

Wow – the past few days we’ve shared with each other have been so incredible! Every trip member wakes up with a smile and falls asleep with an even bigger smile. We all can’t believe it has only nearly been a week since we all met!

We enjoyed our two days in Niagara Falls where we learned all there is to learn about camping! We all appreciate spending time together; whether it is throwing around a football, sitting around a campfire, or seeing who can create the most creative freestyle rap during our evening program. We saw Niagara Falls up close and personal, and we were all laughing when we got soaked during our thrilling jet boat ride. At the end of Canada Day, we enjoyed a fireworks show at the Falls. Canada truly welcomed us with open arms, and we will remember our time there forever.

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We then headed to our next stop, Sandusky, Ohio! On our way there, we visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where we jammed to some great music and appreciated the work of the greatest stars of this genre. On July 4th, we spent the day at Cedar Point where there was an attraction for everyone. Some enjoyed the roller coasters while others enjoyed relaxing around the park. We ended the day with a campfire back at our campsite and enjoyed the fireworks in the clear sky above us.

When we arrived in Michigan, it is apparent that our trip members were excited to live in a dorm for a few days.  We visited the University of Michigan Bookstore and explored the university. We ended the day laughing away at Whirlyball; an activity that combines lacrosse, hockey, and basketball while steering bumper cars.  Our trip members found it difficult, yet very enjoyable to balance the act of driving with catching and throwing!

The next day we enjoyed some time canoeing and stand up paddle boarding. Then we headed to Chicago!

Until next time!

- The Westcoast Blogger

The Boys of Summer Visit the Big House – Major League Madness

Greetings from the Windy City! Since departing Cleveland last Thursday, we’ve been to Detroit and Chicago hitting up stadiums, city landmarks and so many more fun activities! We toured Comerica Park in the Motor City last Thursday and on Friday saw the Tigers take on the Indians amongst a sell-out crowd. We stayed after the […]

Exploring The U.S – US Explorer

Good afternoon! After an incredible two days in Niagara Falls, we headed to Cleveland, Ohio. Our stay in Niagara Falls began at the KOA Campground where many trip members pitched tents for the first time! We then traveled to the magnificent Falls and explored the lit-up town of Clifton Hills. Our next day in Niagara […]

An Amazing Adventure! – U.S. Explorer

An update from the U.S. Explorer Welcome back U.S. Explorer parents! Our 3rd stop in Cleveland has come to an end, and as we embark on our next journey to Ann Arbor, Michigan we are all going to miss the KOA campsite! In Cleveland we experienced a mix of city and camping life.  Before arriving […]

An Amazing Adventure! – U.S. Explorer

An update from the U.S. Explorer Welcome back U.S. Explorer parents! Our 3rd stop in Cleveland has come to an end, and as we embark on our next journey to Ann Arbor, Michigan we are all going to miss the KOA campsite! In Cleveland we experienced a mix of city and camping life.  Before arriving […]

America’s Favorite Pastime – Major League Madness

We’ve officially made it to the All-Star break, and although we’re only 3 days into our tour, we sure have accomplished a lot! After completing a 3 game in 3 day stretch, we just arrived at our hotel in Cleveland. The three games provided much excitement for the group. Brandon came within inches of retrieving […]

Fun in the Sun at Niagara Falls – U.S. Explorer

The US Explorer checks in from Cleveland. We can’t believe we are already a week into our awesome adventure – it feels like we’ve known each other for years!  After loading the bus and saying goodbye to our parents, we set out nervous and excited.  We played bus “speed dating” to get to know everyone […]