After the send off concert in the Commons Area at KHS last night, we loaded the bus for a long night of travel. Leaving at 10pm it didn't take long for the bus to quiet for the night. We stopped this morning at 7am for breakfast at a rest stop about 2 hours outside of Denver. Thanks to donations from Panera and parents we filled up on Bagels and snacks to tide us over to lunch.
We arrived at the Lamont School of Music on the campus of the University of Denver where the kids sang their contest pieces for Dr. Catherine Sailer, the head of choral studies. She worked with them for an hour, all of which you can watch on the choir Facebook page, and she gave them valuable feedback and was very impressed with their sound and song. After a short tour of the beautiful music hall, we loaded the bus, grabbed the box lunch (again thanks to Panera), and were on the road to Winter Park.
So many of the kids have never seen Colorado or the mountains so they really got to see them from all heights including straight down out the side of the bus.
We arrived in Winter Park, checked into our hotel and off we went to be sized for our skis and boots for tomorrow morning. Several have chosen to ski while several others are trying their hands at snow boarding. The excitement, nerves, and smiles were fun to watch as they are trying all of the equipment on.
Free time before a home cooked dinner provided by so many wonderful parents. After, some will hit the outdoor hottub and others will probably crash early. It has been an exhausting trip so far but with a good night's rest, we'll be ready to go with ski lessons first thing tomorrow morning. We are expected to get 17 inches of fresh new snow beginning tonight through tomorrow night so skiing should be great. No worries. The driver's said roads shouldn't be an issue even with that amount.
They will perform for contest tomorrow evening. We will do what we can to live stream to the Facebook page if we are allowed to do so by the festival. They perform at 7:00 (8:00 Springfield time) so good thoughts would be wonderful.
For now, as the snow is beginning to fall, stomachs are full, and eyes are heavy...Good night from Winter Park.
(Hot tub pictures will come tomorrow night as I'm having trouble getting them to upload)