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!!


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!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Season Is HERE!!

We are currently 2-2 having played all four games on the road. As coaches, this is pretty impressive. It is always hard, especially at the beginning of a season to go play on the road two weekends with two back to back games against some pretty tough opponents. We love what happens on road trips, we bond! We get to know each other, laugh together, sing songs on the bus together, and eat meals together. This is a special group!

As most of you know it is a long standing tradition to dress up for away matches. 

 1-0 Win against Huntingdon College
Alabama heat!

 Dr. Kane's house, former WWC alum.

With Dr. Kane.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Georgia Ackerman

Hey Soccer Gals!
    I can't wait to see you all today. This summer has been great, but much to fast. After the graduation ceremony, my dad and I made the twenty six hour drive back to Colorado. We drove through the Smokey National Forrest, through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. We stopped at the confluence of the Missouri and the Ohio river, and camped each night along the way. After a weak at home, I boarded the California Zeapher (an amtrak train) in Glenwood Springs.
    Twenty Four hours later, I arrived in San Francisco. I stayed with my aunt and uncle until my cousin was able to pick me up. I worked on his land in Northern California for six weeks. This is the first year that he has been out on his property, and there was always something to do. Adam's land is located right on the side of a mountain. His house is built at the top of a bowl, carved out by the creak. I spent most of the days hiking from garden to garden on steep trails. Occasionally, I would work out with my cousins girlfriend. Denise is a Colombian yoga instructor and personal trainer from Miami Florida. She taught me many things about cooking and working out :). The water system wasn't completely finished. Every couple of days, I would spend hours hauling around five gallon buckets to water the plants. It was the driest year on record in California. We would work till the heat of the day-usually around three in the afternoon. Then, we would head to the river to cool off and hang out with the locals.
    Before I got back on the train for home, my cousin took me to the North Western String Summit festival near Portland Oregon. With thousands of campers, roaming peacocks, and a great lineup; it was quit the experience. I bought myself some pretty awesome cowgirl boots. I finally got back on the train in Klamath Falls, OR. I arrive back in Carbondale just in time for Mountain Fair. Each summer, my town hosts an arts festival. My mom has been in charge of the vendors for the past couple years. I spent most of the fair volunteering as a booth sitter and dancing. During the event, I spent one day hiking to the tree line of our mountain. Right when I got back into town I headed to the park to participate in the women's wood-splitting contest, then danced with my friends.
    My family, some friends, and I went on a rafting trip a few days later on one of my favorite stretches of the Colorado. Once we got back to society, I returned to Mount Sopris with my brother, his girlfriend, My friend Riley, and Bergen. It is just bellow a fourteen-er, but it is a beast of a hike. Since then I have been busy relaxing. Yesterday my dad and I took my mom to have surgery, and today we are healing. I get on the plane tomorrow morning, and I am so excited to hang out with the hooters! It was so nice to read all of the updates on your summers. I'm sure there will be many stories to tell.

 Standing above the Colorado River

  North West String Summit - Main Stage

 My house in California (a tent by the creak)

Bergen, Riley, and I soaking up Mount Sopris

Much love from Colorado
Georgia Ackerman