USY on Wheels, Bus C

July 5, 2012

Bus C had an incredibly special, outdoorsy day today! They began by exploring Yellowstone National Park and getting some great shots with Old Faithful, one of the most amazing geographical features in the country, one that erupts every 91 minutes! Even though they will get to the real one later this summer, Bus C loved exploring the beauty of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, taking a quick hike around parts of the canyon. Once they get settled in their sleeping area for the night, Bus C will have the all important group bonding because what better place is there to come together as a group than under the beautiful stars of Big Sky country? To cap off their evening, the group will  make some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches!

July 3, 2012

Bus C began their with an engrossing look in into Birkot Ha’shahar utilizing some drama games and charades. The Wheelniks loved it! On their drive to Billings, Montana, Bus C stopped at the Tri-state museum, which marks the center of the United States, a very cool spot. Once back at the hotel, the Wheelniks participated in group sihot(discussions) to debrief and catch up with one another. The group can’t wait to spend our nation’s independence day in one of its most beautiful places tomorrow at Yellowstone!

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July 2, 2012

Bus C had a magnificently Midwestern day today! They had an awesome time at the Corn Palace exploring and learning about the crops and agriculture of South Dakota. Following this activity, Bus C went to the Wall Drug store, one of the greatest tourist attractions in America, buying some great Americana souvenirs and having an opportunity to look back and see what this country was once like. Later, the Wheelniks had a special opportunity to see an Air Force a capella performance in Rapid City! It was not on their itinerary but the opportunity presented itself and the group happily listened to their dulcet tones. Bus C had a great time today and cannot wait to explore some of our National Parks later this week.

June 29, 2012

During Tefillot this morning, Bus C learned all about niggunim, wordless tunes, and practiced some so they could sing during Shabbat! From Chicago, they headed North toward Madison, Wisconsin with a first stop on the Wisconsin Duck Tours. On the boat, they traveled on the Wisconsin River, seeing the beautiful sandstone bluffs while trying to stay dry. From the river, the group will head to the grocery store to buy some shabbat treats for themselves and for their shabbuddies. Mostly, though, Bus C is super excited to spend their first Shabbat as a group together, learning, singing, davening, and just plain relaxing. Shabbat Shalom, everyone!

June 28, 2012

Bus C started off their day with a rousing rendition of the Amidah version of the Cha-Cha slide! Everyone in the group, no matter the background had a great time learning about the different components of an important prayer. From there, they headed down to Chicago where they had some well-earned free time at Navy Pier, basking in the sunny weather. After the pier, it was off to the huge bean in Millenium Park, where many pictures were taken with everyone’s new friends. A tasty dinner was had at famed Chicago restaurant Ken’s Diner, a real treat! Finally, the day culminated with an awesome scavenger hunt at their host synagogue followed by heading off to host homes for the night.

 

June 27, 2012

Bus C started of their day with a beautiful morning prayer and an even more beautiful lookout point in Pittsburgh at Mount Washington. From there, they traveled to Cleveland where, at the world’s largest stamp, they had va’ad meetings and ate a scrumptious lunch. Afterward, they learned about music history and broke some more ice at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They finished their day playing a rousing game of whirlyball and spent the night at their host homes!

June 26, 2012

Bus C began their summer with an overview of how Tefillot(services) will be run and a conversation about how everyone, while coming from different backgrounds, will have a chance to grow themselves individually and try new things. Following this conversation, Bus C traveled to the Intercourse Pretzel Factory where they saw how these tasty treats were made and had a chance to try some of them. After this stop, a trip to the Indian Echo Caverns, Bus C traversed the narrow passageways getting some great pictures! On the way to their host town, they stopped next at Hershey’s Chocolate World, sampling some delicious desserts and viewing the history of the famed company. Bus C ended their day in Pittsburgh with a BBQ and a program on goals and fears for the summer. They cannot wait to get moving on their adventures tomorrow!

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