Friday, March 23, 2012

The Early Bird Catches the Plane

Posted by: Erika

The 11th grade mission trip began today with a very early start. The juniors dutifully rose in the wee hours of the morn to arrive at BRCS at 4:30 AM for a 4:45 departure for Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Yawning and garbed in the most comfortable yet publically acceptable clothes available, we headed out to meet our 7:45 AM departure. Mrs. Lake was kind enough to rise with us and drive the bus back to school after we’d unloaded ourselves and our luggage. Once in the airport, we wandered around in search of breakfast until it was boarding time. Our first flight went from Ft. Lauderdale to Detroit, Michigan, where we ate lunch during our layover. Our flight from Detroit landed us in Phoenix, Arizona. After claiming our baggage, we headed to Papago Park, where we hiked around the unique Arizona beauty of large red rock formations. After the park, we trekked through Phoenix rush hour traffic to the Dream Center, where we will be spending most of our time here in Arizona. We were given a short orientation where we learned what the Dream Center does and just how desperately Phoenix needs its generous efforts. After orientation, we rushed to dinner, ravenous. Our dinner at Wendy’s was followed by a trip to a large Mexican supermarket for whatever anyone needed. Exhausted, we returned to the Dream Center, where everyone will (hopefully) get a good night’s rest, and have no trouble adjusting to the three-hour time difference.