Thursday, April 15. 2010
Day One – Fly, Fly away!
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
The dedicated Thunder hit the Rochester airport at about 5:45 am and got through checkpoint securities surprisingly quick! Everyone grabbed some coffee and breakfast and the plane boarding was right after. Our flight took off on time – 7:30am SHARP! It was a pleasant fly down with refreshments and snacks. We hit Atlanta at about 9:30am ad headed off to the train. As all of 1511 loaded up and the train doors closed. Funny story, we saw Kim and Eric (Mentors from Afar) getting ready to board the next train… unfortunately, they could not hear or see us. Following that we board MARTA which was a new experience for many kids.
Today was the tour day for many as we’ve visited the Atlanta Aquarium, CNN tower, and even Coke Factory. Upon arriving at the Omni Hotel, aka home, we all stored our luggage in a secured room because our rooms were not ready yet!
A little bit about about the Omni and CNN – they are joined together, and conveniently enough the CNN center has a giant food court with various vendors such as Moe’s, Arby’s, Chick-fil-A and much more in HUGE quantities! When you entered the food court, what you would see are multiple cubicle windows! It was like a building inside a building! Not only that, but you will see a giant flight of an escalator for the tour, and a large world globe!
Lunch at the CNN food court was just the beginning of the day! The sun shined a good 80 degrees or so for us all day…how pleasant! Many of us took advantage of the open pool this year since it was open.
A thank you is in order to all that helped to unpack and set-up the pits! (And pushed Thunderfoot through inspection!) And a huge HUGE thank you to team 1126 – Webster Thomas SparX who transported a good portion of the FRC teams robots, tools and various other things!
After a day of touring, the pool was a pleasant refresher for not just our team, but others that had also homed at the Omni. Not too far off is a wonderful hot tub that just melted our muscles and helped us ease up from a day of travel.
Because this is all I have for the day…goodnight! I am enthusiastically and graciously accepting sleep!