Well, I finally made it to CALIFORNIA!
Today has been an extremely long day! I was excited to go on the trip so I didn't sleep very well and only got 4 or 5 hours of sleep. AH! I woke up at 5:30 to get ready to leave but when I got to the airport the security line was miles long so it put me a little behind. I said goodbye to my family, rushed through security and then made it to gate B. I went and grabbed Starbucks since I hadn't eaten dinner and (praise the lord) a pilot let me jump him in line when he overhead me telling my Mom and Dad how I was running late! So nice! I met Leah at the our gate and she was on the flight with me so we got to meet each other before we boarded which was nice! She's going to be a senior at liberty and she's really sweet!
The flight was long and bumpy but I had good neighbors! (like a 50ish jewish married couple haha) I watched you've got mail on my computer, re-read eclipse, played games on my iTouch and took a nap! It was long but I was entertained haha! When we started getting closer to the ground I could see California out my window and it was so cool; much more mountainy and hilly than I thought!
Leah and I got picked up by one of the leaders and headed over to our hotel. We're staying at the Bahia Resort (pronounced Ba-he-uh apparently) so we got settled in and then two of the younger leaders who were on the trip last year took us walking around on the boardwalk. We grabbed lunch at a little Greek place called KoJacks and then went back to the room. We hung out for like 45 minutes because Leah and I were both exhausted and then we decided to venture down to the beach (in our one pieces - sexay). You always here the stereotype about surfers in California and its completely true! There was even a sign on the beach that said surfers this way swimming that way for where you were supposed to sit! Crazy! The houses along the beach were also very cool and very " cali". LOVE IT! We hung out there for a while but the water was FREEZING! Ice cube, seriously. And since the sun wasn't out we got a little chilly so we got smoothies and went back to the hotel.
When we got back we met a bunch of the other girls! They are all so cute and sweet and I am so excited to get to know them better! I love christian fellowship, it makes it so much easier when you have a common beliefs to fall back on. After introducing ourselves we went grocery shopping for the week so we could save a little money on our lunches. By that time it was close to dinner so we went to the leaders room to have a meeting and meet everyone on the trip! There are about 13 girls and 6 guys! (Lucky them; two to one ratio) We played picture telephone and said where we're from and our major and all that good stuff. There are more than 4 people here that are twins, its crazy! They all seem like so much fun and everyone gets along well so far and nothing about meeting everyone has been uncomfortable, which is amazing.
After dinner and the low down on our schedule we went to a DELICIOUS place called yogurtland! They have a bunch of different fat free frozen yogurt flavors and toppings like mango, kiwi, raspberries, captain crunch and even cheesecake bites! It was SO good. Unfortunately I was quite tired so I wasn't very talkative but it was fun to all just hang out.
California is already amazing and I can't wait to tell you more!