Natalie Wilson

Day 1

Natalie Wilson

            After days of packing, today was finally the day that our trip started! I got up at 1 o’clock in the morning to finish getting ready, and was at the school around 2:15. The bus left at three, and most people tried to get some extra sleep.

When we got to the airport, we stood outside for a while so as not to overly crowd the baggage check area. I was worried that my sleeping bag was too large to be carry-on, but it fit.

Today was the first time that some people were on a plane. The flight was long, but fun. There was a little turbulence, and there were lots of mountains. It was really beautiful.

On the bus from Anchorage to Palmer, the driver told us some stuff about Alaska: Smelt are sometimes called “candlestick fish” because of all the oil in them. Also, three quarters of the people in Anchorage are senior citizens, and there are lots of activities for them. At one restaurant, “The Whale’s Tail,” if you eat five pounds of prime rib without leaving the table, your meal is free.

At the church in Palmer, we played crazy games like Ninja and Duck Duck Goose, then set up the tents. We had pulled pork sandwiches for dinner, had committee meetings, and finally went to bed. What a great first day!