M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i, my friends and I used to think we were oh so cool for knowing how to spell this state when I was 7 years old.
Got back @ 3 am this morning from our wonderful voyage to the Mississippi river (southern IL) for our "National's" track meet.
We left on Wednesday and took our kick ass bus about 7 hours thru Missouri to Jerseyville, IL.
This whole area is so nice and green and feels really nice to be in. Our assistant coach Olivia came with us, and she is so cute and fun.
We all ran pretty well on thursday. On Fri our coach came and her husband who is the dean of the school as well(he gave us a preview of the yearbook). They are so nice and supportive. The big sport for our school is basketball so track is always second to that. We dont get alot of exposure.
We ran really well friday. I got 5th in both the 100M and the 200M. Not amazing or anything. I hope to be outrageous next year, having a bit more experience. BUT I did win one heat of my races, meaning I crossed the finish line first....that felt rad!
The norweigen, canadian and I all got "All American" awards, oddly enough.....This confuses me greatly but hey I was excited to go up and recieve something.
We all had a crazy time together. Three of the guy's shaved their legs, making them of course look better then us girls'. Not cool! :) But I didnt mind.
Johan spilt tuna fish on me.
Heather and I found out eating pancakes the day of a race is a not so enjoyable idea.
I really have pity for those who live in this part of the country, they have restaurants that leave you begging for a gas station burrito. We went to a buffet that the boy's were even complaining about, seriosly. I was so glad we had a wal-mart next door to our hotel.
The teams we ran against were mormon and chistian science. We were by far the friendliest team. We all believe in Jesus just have different view's of who he is.
We went site seeing. Yeah we saw the MISS RIver, some really huge catfish, drove though some towns that looked straight out of "the Village" and took the "Mel Price" dam tour. Let me tell you that everyone who had seen "national lampoon's vacation" spoke up right about then. Got any "Dam Questions?" (It was a nice break from the constant "Anchorman" humor, which somehow never get's old).
The tour basically consisted of us debating if you'd survive falling from such heights and the guy's boasting about how they had cliff dove from 90 feet. The the other guy would say "all your bones would break if you hit the water from that height" and back and forth. Then we spit over the side and watched the wind carry it into the turbulent waters. We rode in huge elevators, which put us in close quarters with the other tour'er's who were all well in to their 60's and 70's. It felt like we were inside that one level of James Bond video game. The level I could never pass.
I had been letting some of the other guy's play my Martin but had neglected to play myself (tight space permit's me from imposing my song's, out of respect). On Fri they asked if I'd play for them on the bus. Mark asked why I had'nt been doing this the whole time. They were really nice and all seemed to enjoy my voice (hoarse as it was). The most common response I get from people is that they say they could fall asleep to my voice and that it's very unique. So that makes me feel better, cause I dont want anyone to be annoyed by it. Some girls' voices get kinda high and screechy.
The weather was so perfect. Warm and slightly breezy. God blessed us so much. I have been learning so much from him. I have been so patient and not over reacting about my "NO CELL PHONE" situation. I am just waiting it out. I know He will come through for me!
We all had alot of fun together. It is the end of an era........:)
Some of us...after eating our worst meal. If you look close you can see Johans shirt say's
"Beer relay's". Leave it to the euro to have T-shirt's that the coach looks twice at.
Backseat of the bus....trying to get comfortable
Mississippi river in all it's muddy glory
Us almost falling in the Miss river
Coach Olivia and I. She's single and looking.
Mark finaly coming to his "Metro self realization"
Waiting for the dam tour.
watching the boy's play football
I won the cartwheel contest....
......and the Catfish kissing contest
heather and I
Sneaking around the Christian Science campus. It was so rad. All the building's looked like this
Johan and me
Our hotel had "Alice in wonderland" door's
(These are the kind of picture's that know one understand's at the time, but turn out way cool...ok I exaggerate a bit)