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

Exploring the Midwest! – US Explorer

Fourth of July was celebrated in style! As we wore red, white and blue we arrive at Cedar Point Amusement Park. James, our camp site manager, joined us for the rides – we were so happy!  Samantha, Tom, Julia, Adam, Jess(M), Maxine, Laurel, Emma (C), and Sam, Jess(F), and James lined up to ride the Millennium coaster with fear! Nearly all of us really challenged ourselves by starting off the day with that adventure! Reid walked away a winner with a Rastafarian banana and Austin won a giant puppy. US Explorer now has a family dog! 

We had an awesome Fourth of July celebration that came to an end with beautiful fireworks. 

July 5th we arrived in Ann Arbor.  Upon arrival we ate lunch and had a chance to buy some souvenirs at the University of Michigan store. The university campus is beautiful! In the evening we played Whirlyball which is a game played in bumper cars with a lacrosse stick to catch the ball and the goal is to shoot it into the basketball net, making the light shine up and putting a goal on the screen. Nadav, Ian, Mathias got the swing of it within minutes. Who knew Whirlyball would be so much fun!

July 6th we canoed and surprisingly, saw a turtle! In the evening Griffen challenged himself and showed us that if you set your mind to something you can do it. We all put on our ice skates and skated in circles. Dan was also testing out his skills on the ice and was a trooper. Any time he fell down he came right back up and pushed to make his skating experience the most memorable. 

July 7th Jacob turned 16!! Happy Birthday Jacob! Coming into Chicago, the view was beautiful. Checking in to the Omni hotel felt like we have arrived in heaven. Fingers crossed that Oprah will pay a visit! At dinner, Jacob’s seat was decorated with balloons and the entire trip signed his birthday card! Afterwards we laughed at the Blue Man group performance. Jared A got a picture with all of the cast!  Back at the hotel Reed, Matt Ber, and some of the other boys played a round of volleyball. It was a great first day in Chicago! 

We’ll be in touch with you soon!

-The Westcoast Blogger

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