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We have landed in MN and are on the bus headed home! We have many kids with red eyes as the “game” was to see who could stay up the entire trip. See you in Madison between 10 and 10:30 depending on traffic.
We are now starting to work our way back to normal life. About to board the plane for a redeye back to the lower 48 or “The Outside World” as some of the locals refer to it as. In a short 6 hours we’ll be back to Minneapolis.
See you on the flip side!
Anna – Hi family! I miss you.
Luke – Hey family, I can’t wait to see you again.
Sam – Shout out to waterproof mascara!
Leah – Hey Fam! Love you guys! Can’t wait to see you again sooooooooon!!!!!
Matthew – Nick, I know you missed me so much, but I’ll be home soon!!!
Max – Apologies to Dave for beating him in mini-basketball….
Tessa – Hi everybody! Thank you sooooo much for all the cards, they are AWESOME! Casey, I saw a moose! Laura, your cards were so cute! Teagan, you’d love it up in Alaska, there’s so much nature! Kendall, I’ll be home soon! Tell Maddy I miss her! See you all soon!
Ella – I miss you Mom and Dad! But I will see you soon!! Did you give Champ his birthday present?
Kendra – Tell Leia that I will be home soon. In the meantime, remember to keep feeding her. Korbin is adorable.
Anthony – Hello friends and family! Thank you for your letters of encouragement. Also, big shout out to Eaglecrest for being wonderful hosts!
On Friday, we had the most students of any other day-a huge 6! Breakfast was French toast casserole, and the Skills Clubs were Building Catapults (no casualties) and Cupcake Decorating. In a direct quote from Dave: “Cupcake Decorating went well, but Cupcake Eating was even better!” We also had small group discussion times. That night, we had a community cookout. Most of us fell in love with an adorable little girl named Savannah, who made us all laugh. Most memorable? Luke was wearing Phineas’ (Craig’s Irish alter-ego) bright green glasses. When anyone else would put them on, Savannah would burst out laughing. When Luke gets his glasses back…..poker face.
On Saturday, we went on a hike to the same gold mine as the one that we went to a few days before, only this time, we went up the other side. There was a twisting path that eventually led up to a sort of valley with two beautiful lakes. We all sat in a circle on a small hill to eat lunch and have a few people share life stories. After that, most of our team climbed the rest of the way up the mountain. But unlike the part before in which one only had to walk up a trail, this section required using hands as well as feet to climb the slope. The team encouraged each other all the way up the mountain and eventually every member made it. Dave went at the bottom, promising to catch us if we fell! There was also a mini snowball fight at the top with around a small patch of remaining snow. There was also a particularly excellent shot from Max, straight into Dave’s face as Anne was taking his picture.
Later that night we moved into a church (where we are posting this blog post from) for sleeping in order to make room for a new group at Eaglecrest. After Kelsey shared her life story, Dave volunteered to pray for her, as someone does after each story. He warned us that he wouldn’t get all the way through it, so Kendra volunteered to finish when he couldn’t do it anymore. We all closed our eyes and waited. The only words that came out of his mouth were “That’s all I can do”.
This is a just one example of how close this team has grown over the past 8 days.
-Tessa and Kendra
Hi everyone back home! Our day camp experience is over and now we begin the process of processing what we’ve been through. We are spending some time as a group at the top of a hill ( it’s really a mountain but when in Alaska….. ). We have had a wonderful time and are sad to think about it coming to an end. God was seen daily on our trip!!!
Today, we woke up nice and rested due to an earlier bed time last night. We had breakfast which was pancakes and sausage, before heading into our devotional time, and today’s topic was initiative. Next the Alaskan students arrived, and we took a look at Gracie’s wonderful drawings. After the drawings an epic round of “The Trash Can Game” broke out. If you don’t know what that is just take our word for it, it’s crazy!!!!!!!!!!!
We began our skills clubs of Mexican s’mores/ fire-building, and archery. Next we had a bit of free time before lunch which was filled with Ga-ga ball and river adventures. Then we had lunch which was homemade pizza and soda. After lunch we played games and we had devotional time along with life skills. Somehow a random make-up application class broke out.
Tonight we get to hike at an old gold mine at Hatcher Pass. Should be a great night as long as the weather holds up. Today might be the first day without rain at some point throughout the day.
Shout outs and pictures to come later….. Stay tuned.
– Rylei and Anna