Only 2 days into it and we are so excited to inform you all how great of a time we’ve had thus far with your boys. We are so lucky to have such an amazing group of young men and have already built relationships with them that are going to last much beyond this trip. Every single trip member had a smile at the airport and was so excited to meet and greet their staff and their new friends.
We started our baseball tour in Chicago where the White Sox were hosting the Toronto Blue Jays. The dynamic of having the staff from Toronto cheering for the Jays and your sons cheering for the White Sox was a fun way to start game 1 of 12. We arrived at US Cellular Field well before game time and Brandon B. got the first autograph of the day. We are pleased to announce that every single one of our boys received autographs from various players. We had tickets, caps, balls and even Josh got his IPhone case signed. However, the winner of the most autographs of the day went to David S who received 7 individual autographs including one from Jose Bautista, this year’s only Toronto All-Star.
Another highlight of our first day was that 2 of our trip members, Zack and Justin were the unfortunate losers of a friendly trivia competition that we had involving naming names of professional sports teams from their respective leagues. They agreed to become Jays fans for the game and had to sport the Blue Jays Big Blue Foam Finger. We were so happy to have Zack and Justin join us as the only Jays fans, even if was only for one game.
Today’s game in Detroit was quite the nail-biter. The Kansas City Royals lost to the Detroit Tigers and we learned we have a total of zero Royals and Tigers fans on this trip.
We can’t wait to inform you about our good times ahead – off to Cleveland to enjoy 4 days of supposedly cooler weather.
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 at the site, we stopped at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and spent a few hours seeing and learning about our music history. The trip members had six floors to choose from all filled with vintage memorabilia. It was amazing staring at all of the rock legends signatures engraved in glass!
We had our first pancake breakfast, and on the menu we were able to choose from plain, chocolate chip, and chocolate chip banana. Yum! Shout out to Carly and Britt for their awesome contribution to the pancake process. They made sure we had the perfect mix of the ingredients in each pancake! After breakfast and some chill time, we headed over to Cedar Point Amusement Park. The sun was shining and the sky was as blue as ever… it was time to conquer the rides. Everyone chose different paths that lead them to high-flying coasters, carnival games, and bumper cars! Callum mastered the ring toss and won himself an electric guitar!! Carly, Rachel, Shoshana and Megan decided to express their artistic side, and had their faces painted to look like butterflies and movie characters. After a fun day in the sun, we all looked forward to getting back to the site for some R&R. We all relaxed and gathered around the picnic tables listening to some soft rock and enjoying banana boats! For all those who do not know what banana boats are, they are bananas cut open and stuffed with chocolate and marshmallows wrapped in tin foil and cooked over the fire. The melted chocolate tasted incredible!
Next stop: Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]