Alexandra Egnatuk – Day 2

Day 2

Alexandra Egnatuk

Last night we slept in the tents and Ishtar woke us up at around 8 a.m. to eat breakfast: juice, milk, and bagels. After breakfast we had time to call our parents and tell our dads happy Father’s Day, then we walked around downtown Palmer for about an hour while the drivers went to get the vans. We had van meetings around 11:20 a.m. to talk about van snacks and other stuff then we walked back to the church.
When we got back we went to our vans and got the names of them: Moose, Halibut, Muskox, Wolf, Arctic Fox, Eagle, Puffin, and Otter. Then we went inside for lunch, which my van was helping serve. We then got back in the vans so we could drive to Anchorage to shop for van snacks and food for the food van. During the drive over we learned how to play “Padiddle”, which is where you hit the ceiling of the van and say
“Padiddle” when you see a vehicle with only one working headlight.
When we arrived back at the church at about 3 p.m. we had to put all of the food that we got at the store into the food van. By the time that all of the food was in the right place, dinner was ready to be eaten. About fifteen minutes after dinner most of the group left to go swimming and shower at Palmer High School for two hours. After we returned back to the church we hung our towels and swimsuits to dry on the railings outside of the building. We then had brownies and we wrote in our journals or caught up with our committees.
So far I think that Alaska is pretty cool, though sometimes it feels like we’re still in Michigan and I’ve not quite yet adjusted to the time change. I have enjoyed the trip and I’m looking forward to all of the things we have planned for the next 23 days.