Monday, October 27, 2014

The end of fall break

After a long haul of 8 hours back to campus, everyone was eager to get off the bus! Reflecting back, the trip was magical. What a great group of women we have. I feel honored to coach them and be a part of this team. We are building something special. It sounds cheesy but if you spend any amount of time around this group you will see what I am talking about.

Here is a little clip they put together on the bus. Audrey Vanderboon filmed and everyone added choreography. It is really funny and well done! 

 
Quick turn around for us this week as we have an away match on Tuesday vs. Columbia College that is a make-up game followed by our last home game and senior night, November 4th vs. Toccoa Falls. Time flies!

Thank you all for your support to make this trip happen and a huge thank you for your support and encouragement of these women during this time in their lives! What a great group!

Lydia

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sunrise Departure

The alarms went off at 6:45 this morning in order to catch the sunrise. Some of us ran, walked, sat and even swam while the pink and orange glow rose through the clouds.



After a quick bite to eat, we kicked into cleaning and packing gear. It amazes me how fast this team can work to get things done. When the house looked shiny, we sat around the pool deck and did our final trip appreciations. So much love and warmth filled the already hot air. I think everyone made new and stronger connections on this trip. We are not just a team, we are a family.





I think another thanks needs to be given to Randy, his sister and Papi Roger for all their help, love, and support. They provided a beautiful home for us to make memories!
Written by Kat Camara 





Friday, October 24, 2014

What a game!

Yestetday was game day. Kick off was at 7:00, so we spent some time in Tampa. We had a really good lunch at So Fresh. Many people got the power bowl to charge up for the game. We then went to Ybor City where we roamed the streets and shops. Afterwards, Stacia's twin sister welcomed us into her home before it was time to depart for the game. Many people napped and relaxed in order to get ready for the game.
The game was tough. The battle was physical and mental. The first half went without a score, but we scored first in the second half. They came back to tie and then lead, but we still had a fight and fire within us. We popped one in and the game stayed tied through two overtime sessions. It was obvious we gave everything and left it all on the field. We were fried, but had a beautiful beach house awaiting us.

This morning we awoke to a strong breeze and beautiful sunrise. We are at Grange's Aunt's beach house who we are so greatful for sharing with us. The morning started with pancakes, eggs, coffee and sand. The rest of the day consisted of ocean swimming, sun bathing, sand castle making, biking, rip sticking, reading, sun soaking and relaxing. 
We are all sitting around the table playing taboo now after a beautiful dinner. This day has been filled with sunshine and love. Sydney's dad and grandfather spent the day with us as well! It was so nice to be in their company!










Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ocala to Tampa

Today we woke up to quite a surprise as a black bear ventured onto our campsite. Marley was the first one to spot it, yelling out in excitement and surprise as it ventured over towards Melina. Nora, in attempt to scare the bear away, waved a red towel around and shouted at it, catching the bears attention, and causing it to retreat back into the woods. 

The black bear that wandered into our campsite.

After the exciting bear adventure, we split off into a few different groups and headed out on a run, exploring trails through the forest and around the spring. We came back together with smiling faces and hungry tummys, ready for breakfast!... Kat, Whitney and Nora cooked up a delicious breakfast with the food that could be found in the coolers. They made potatoes and veggies, fruit salad, toast, rice and ham. Everyone enjoyed it lots.

Everyone gathering around for breakfast.

Marley helping to make coffee.

After breakfast we began packing up to leave Ocala. Before getting on the bus, we formed a circle and did a round of positive affirmations-- saying something nice about the person to our right. Everyone had lots of great things to share, especially after spending lots of quality time with one another in Ocala National Forest, camping, cooking, canoeing, swimming and exploring. We got onto the bus and headed off to Tampa, where we would spend the night in a hotel. 

We arrived at the Holiday Inn, and while some people relaxed in their rooms, others went to the pool to swim and tan in the sun. We then went out for an early dinner at Olive Garden, which was conveniently right next to out hotel. We had unlimited bread sticks and salad and got to eat lots of yummy carbs in preparation for our game. We also got to celebrate Nora's 25th birthday with cake!
 
Nora making a birthday wish! 

Were all having a great time & ready to play our game tonight!!

-syd/grange 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tropical Team Paddle

After breakfast this morning, the team geared up for a paddling trip down the Juniper Springs River. There was some alligator fear, but everyone proved to be brave and come along for the journey. There were people in tandem kayaks and canoes. Melina was the solo kayaker. 
The river was clear and overgrown with tropic beauty. Much wildlife was seen including many turtles, fish, birds and yes, even alligators! We left the alligators alone and, in turn, they left us alone. We paddled for 7 miles and were picked up by a shuttle at the end. Back at the campground, hot and tired, we jumped into the clear and refreshing spring pool.
We couldn't end the day without getting a touch on the ball. We found the only open patch of grass and worked on our volleying skills and then just played. The amazing sophomore team won the tradition fall break pickup game!
Dinner tonight is MEXICAN! Homemade gorditas, rice, fried veggies, beans, and a nicely made fire to enjoy the lovely food by. The only thing to complain about are the bugs. But we are tough.
Written by- Kat Camara













First morning

Not too many people are up. We survived our first night and no bears! Haha. We made sure to pack all the food in the bus. We even made sure Bianca stashed her peanuts there as it is her first time camping and she wanted to keep snacks in her tent. We got here in time to quickly set up and start cooking before dark last night. We made stirfry and made a little fire. We explored some of the springs and it was a little scary seeing all the alligator signs. 

Camp sites. 


More sites. 


Stacey making eggs and bacon, hoping the smell will wake them. 

Juniper springs

We have arrived! 
More to come!
Lydia