Camp Takajo will be posting periodic updates as our oldest campers, the Okeechobee campers, progress on their journey during the Camp Takajo Western Trip of 2014.
The 5:45 AM wake-up came quickly yesterday (Wednesday). For some, it was even earlier, as a couple of bunks woke up early for a pre-western trip dip in Long Lake. The gravity of the last couple of weeks of their camping careers began to set in. An excited group of forty Okees boarded the charter bus at 7:30 to embark on the first leg of the Western Trip.
By 7:40 many of those Okees were fast asleep. After arriving at Boston’s Logan Airport and grabbing a quick bite to eat, it was on to the first of two flights– next stop, Denver, Colorado. A modest layover and much-needed lunch was appreciated as we pushed off from the terminal at a drizzly Denver International Airport. With hopes of clear, blue skies, we left Denver and were an hour and a half flight from our destination, Salt Lake City, Utah.
We arrived in Salt Lake City, where the largest salt water lake in the western hemisphere reflected the setting sun like a giant mirror. We jumped on the bus and set off for the University of Utah, our home for a few days. At the University of Utah, we were met with a pizza party. We ate in the student union, picked up keys to our door rooms, and then headed back to settle into our temporary homes. The longest day of the trip is over. Eighteen hours, two coach busses, two planes, three airports, and nearly 2,500 miles of travel left the forty Okee campers exhausted, but also anxiously awaiting tomorrow’s activities.