This road trip was long, very long!! We left chilly California and arrived in chilly Spokane on Wednesday evening (but not before practicing of course). The plane ride was none like I have had before. It was calm, so calm in fact that I slept using my fellow teammate, Krista (Foster), as a comfy pillow, while she used a Styrofoam cup. Awaking with a crick in my neck, we boarded the bus and headed out to stuff our faces at a team-favorite joint: Red Robin. Although we could not relish in fried food, we were allowed milk shakes, and we took full advantage of that delicacy.
After dinner, we waddled to the bus, took our seats, and were off. Our next stop was the Lewis family house, where we presented them with a picture of the team wearing our newly designed shirts that read: Carpe Diem (meaning seize the day), which represented Alisa and her amazing outlook on life. Their hospitality was admirable, and their home was delightfully charming.
Walking to the bus, my freshman gang decided to play a practical joke on me, the girl with the crutches. After carrying out the distraction factor, they pegged me with snowballs, as I stood defenseless just me and my crutches. I hobbled to the bus defeated but made sure to put much guilt on my attackers.
I fell asleep once I hit the bus seat and an hour and a half later, I awoke in Pullman, Wash., at our Holiday Inn. Groggy and lackadaisical, we were sent to our rooms to dream about the game.
Game day: We ate breakfast at Denny's. To work off our full tummies, we headed to the Cougars' court for a shoot around, where we went over the game plan, and blah blah blah (top secret information). From there, we went back to the hotel to rest and nap our precious athletic bodies in order for us to get our minds ready for the competition.
After the game, a little down in the dumps, we gathered again at Denny's discussing ways we can improve our game in order for us to be victorious. Next we met in coach's room and studied the errors and positives of the game, where we learned from our mistakes and left the room inspired and enlightened.
Seven-thirty the alarm clock was supposed to awake us from slumber, but in fact it was KI's phone call at 8:17 wondering if we were on our way down to board the bus leaving in five minutes. Scrambling for our lives we made it just in time! Something about that bus makes me fall asleep because the next thing I knew, I was at the Spokane airport.
This flight was most intriguing! I sat by two buddies, Sarah (Pool) and Krista, where we discussed life and its meaning in great depth, detail, and profundity.
Seattle is one of my favorite cities. I love the gloomy sky and the beauty is breathtaking with the dark blue water, lush green terrain, and of course the Space Needle! The Washington home court was, well, what is the word…purple. It is unique and we had a great practice there with energy, enthusiasm, intensity, fun, and excitement.
We rushed from the gym to a truly unbelievable steak and seafood restaurant. And one thing is for sure: this was no Denny's. I savored my mahi mahi, while other people experienced similar delicious food.
We were informed on the bus that we would have an hour of study hall before bed. We hustled to get our books, and we studied.
The next morning I got the pleasure to arise early and go with my mother to the famous Pike's Market where I got a taste of the real Seattle (again I loved it!). We had breakfast as a team and not long after we went to our game focused and ready.
The game was great. We played hard, strong and followed the game plan. After a strong fight, we left everything we had on the court, and although we did not come out with the win, we felt that we had done our best and walked off the court proud.
We began our journey to the Washington schools with a positive outlook, and we left Seattle with that same hopeful spirit.
To be continued…
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