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Senior Trip to Washington DC 2011

This senior trip report is taken from Mr. Scott Cain and Mr. Nate Otterdahl. All photo and courtesy credits are from Scott Cain and Nate Otterdahl.

To view senior trip pictures from the Class of 2011, click here., for the Class of 2010, click here, and for the Class of 2009, click here.

Friday, May 13, 2011
The Class of 2011 started their senior trip to Washington DC on Friday, May 13, 2011. There were nine seniors accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Cain and Mr. Nate Otterdahl who helped drive the bus. Pastor Clear would later join the seniors for a few days of the trip. The senior trip ended on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

The young people mostly slept and played their personal games on iPods, iPads, laptops, etc. They stopped in Hudson, Wisconsin for breakfast, then in Beloit, Wisconsin for gas. The class stopped just outside of Chicago for lunch. Our last stop was the Fairfield Inn in Maumee, Ohio arriving around 7:30 p.m. We ran into some weather and traffic, but made pretty good time. After freshening up, everyone ate ate at the local Cracker Barrel and then had devotions. Deisel was actually cheaper than gasoline at most places. The highest price for unleaded was $4.52/gallon just outside of Chicago. The highest paid for diesel was $4.19/gallon.

Saturday, May 14, 2011
The seniors left Maumee on schedule. It rained much of the way, with heavy rain and heavy fog at times. They still made it to Alexandria, Virginia on schedule. We then went to the Springfield Mall for shopping and dinner. The night was capped off with devotions and then competitive games of Catch Phrase and Spoons.

Bro. Nate purchased a memory card reader/writer for the camera, so we uploaded the pictures that we had taken so far to Flickr. That took a while, so we let it upload overnight.

Sunday, May 15, 2011
The seniors had an absolutely beautiful day on Sunday. They had a great service at Lighthouse Baptist Church in the morning. Noah, Kelsey, and Bethany sang a trio with Leah playing the piano. There were many good compliments about their song. After church, they headed to the local McDonald’s for lunch. After the morning service, they drove up to Arlington National Cemetery. They saw the JFK eternal flame, the USS Maine, and the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They had some time to spare before church so Bro. Nate drove to the Iwo Jima Memorial. With the seniors chanting “White House, White House,” Bro. Otterdahl braved D.C. traffic, and they were able to drive past the front of the White House and stop to get pictures of the back side of it. The seniors had a great service at Crossroads Baptist Church and heard Dr. Sisk preach a message about getting out of the boat and stepping out by faith to walk on the water. The class then ate at Five Boys Burgers and Fries for dinner. The night was completed with devotions and a few games of competitive Spoons. The seniors were blessed today with a sunny day even though it was calling for rain.

Monday, May 16, 2011
The teens had another great day here. Pastor Clear met them as they were awaiting a shuttle back to the hotel around 8:00. The weather was very good. It did rain once, but they were at the Jefferson Memorial at the time. The seniors had a Pentagon tour on this morning as well as the 9-11 Memorial outside. Following this, they went to the National Air and Space Museum where the guys went on a flight simulator. Then they ate at the shops in the Ronald Reagan building. Then they walked to the front side of the White House and did the “long memorial walk” which included the Vietnam Wall, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Dinner and shopping was at the Pentagon City mall. Everyone in the group walked 7.25 miles and about 22,000 steps.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The day started off with a visit to Congressman Kline’s office. The House was not in session. One of his aides gave us a great tour of the Capitol. The seniors ran into a little rain on the way to the Library of Congress, where we were a bit late but received another great tour. After that, they hurried to the nearest McDonald’s, which was in the Air & Space Museum. Then they made the long trek to the Washington Monument. After going up in the Washington Monument, they headed to the Museum of Natural History and then the Museum of American History. The seniors then took the Metro back to Huntington and met up with Pastor Clear and the bus. They went straight to the Olive Garden near Crossroads Baptist Church, and then made it to Crossroads in time for church and heard some powerful preaching from Pastor Kenny Baldwin. The night was completed with devotions and then they watched the Heat/Bulls game in the hotel lobby with most of the guys.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The day started off with a visit to the National Zoo. Then they went to the Ronald Reagan building again for lunch. That was followed by a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and then the Holocaust Museum, Ford’s Theatre, and then the National Archives. Dinner was at the Pentagon City Mall. The evening ended with devotions given by Noah and Pastor Clear. Some then played some games, while others went to bed. It did rain a little bit while the seniors were just getting ready to leave the National Zoo, but there was a 100% chance of rain at 3:00 p.m., when they were scheduled to be in line at Ford’s Theatre. However, the rain was nowhere to be found. It was a beautiful day. Praise the Lord.

Thursday, May 19, 2011
On this morning the seniors visited Mount Vernon, where they toured the mansion and the grounds of the estate. Following this, they left for Sandusky at around 1 a.m. They arrived in Sandusky and checked into the hotel and then went off to Ryan’s Steakhouse for dinner. After dinner, they went to Calvary Baptist Church in Sandusky and played volleyball and basketball for a few hours. They had the opportunity to meet Mr. Ohlemacher’s mom there.

Friday, May 20, 2011
Friday morning and afternoon was spent at Cedar Point. On Friday late afternoon and evening, they went to Goofy Golf and played a round of golf and then went on the go-karts. They let the seniors run the Go-Kart track several times. After that, they dined at the local Steak-n-Shake.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
The seniors traveled back from Sandusky, Ohio to Rosemount, Minnesota. They arrived in Rosemount at approximately 7:30 p.m. Praise the Lord for 2,469 miles of safety.

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