The Alaska trip has been a great time so far. Before we even left Chicago for Anchorage, the team enjoyed watching a ballet at the airport. They were even kind enough to let us take pictures with them! The flight to Anchorage was a long one especially sitting next to long-legged Allen Durham. The flight took about 7 hours, so we were all very glad to finally land. The 2nd flight was only 45 minutes, and it was far from being packed, so many of us were able to stretch out our legs by having three seats to ourselves. An Alaskan on the flight complimented Coach George on our entire team and how well we all got along. The coaches will write more about that later.
We arrived in Fairbanks about 12:45am Alaska time, 4:45 am Michigan time. We loaded up our rental vans and headed out into the -5 degree weather. We were in our vans for about 15 minutes and could still see our breath. If only I had remembered my coat. The most interesting thing I have noticed about the state of Alaska is that everywhere we go, we have to plug in our van to an electrical outlet in order for the liquids not to freeze. Thankfully we have a freshman along (Zach Schutte) so that he is the only one to have to plug it in.
We have not been able to sight see too often because we have all been busy being great students and studying for finals. There is also only four hours of daylight each day from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Every place we enter we see stuffed polar bears incased in glass boxes. The are really proud of those guys. When we went to Wendy’s for lunch, instead of putting your change in a box to help a needy child or something like that, you would put in change in order to help get moose to stay off the roads, I found that pretty interesting. Not too many moose in Michigan.
We had our first practice which went pretty well. Cory Jamieson won our 3-point game, with Ryan Dame in 2nd and Zach Schutte in 3rd. They won t-shirts for themselves as well as for teammates Justin Govan, Greg Salmon and Bryce Stanhope back at home.
We made a trip downtown to Walmart to get some food for the hotels. The coaches gave us money to buy some snacks for the hotel rooms. Matt Kurtz and I made the best purchases with a gallon of cookies and cream ice cream as well as red, white and blue popsicles.
The trip has been quite an adventure so far, and we haven’t even had a game yet!