Around four in the morning, Kenzie and Darric were heading out the door for the airport. I was nervous for her to go and sad to see her leave, but I know Darric had the hard part. He had to worry the most about her navigating through the airports, checking in luggage and finding her gate.
After watching her get through security at Macarren, after they figured out they were at the wrong terminal and found the correct one, he watched her disappear around the corner, only to realize he was holding the folder that she was supposed to take along with her. Luckily, the most important thing in there was the medical release form that he was able to email to the coaches.
She sent me a picture when she got on the plane. Only because I asked her to. And that was one of the very few photos she took the entire trip. She read all of Huckleberry Finn on her flight to Chicago. (It was the mandatory reading for her English class during the summer) As soon as she arrived at O'Hare Airport, she called her Dad to let him know she had arrived and then she found the baggage claim and met one of the coaches that was there to pick up girls for the camp. They had to wait for some of the other girls to arrive and then they rode in Escalades to the hotel, Hotel Indigo. She went to her room and changed. At 3:30 she had to be downstairs to take a bus over to Adversity Volleyball Club. Her roommates had already become best of buddies and were off doing whatever, so Kenzie hung out in the room solo, with the door to the room next to them open.
They took measurements that evening and then they ate dinner, some Indian type food. After taking the bus back to the hotel and after no success locating a vending machine, she came back to the room and cozied up on the pull out sofa.
The next morning, she missed breakfast because her roommates alarms didn't go off (she made sure to set her own alarm the next morning). She had to be downstairs at 10:00 to head back over to the club. For the next three days, she had three sessions every day. They'd eat catered lunches and dinners at the club and sometimes go back to the hotel to relax. Kenzie made it her goal to get on the first bus in the mornings, she had to sprint to make sure she got on there before all of the other girls that came down at the last second.
On Monday, they were separated into teams and they played a tournament. Her coach's name was Bryn. They ended up winning 8 out of 11 games.
On Tuesday, they finished their tournament, had lunch, went back to the hotel to pack and took a school bus to the airport. They got pulled over along the way. Kenzie wasn't sure the reason. After getting dropped off at the curb, she found the United Airlines Kiosk (probably while she was on the phone with her dad) to get her boarding pass and to drop off her luggage. Darric was worried that she wouldn't be able to pay cash for her luggage, so he went online and was able to pay for it.
She went through security and then found her gate. She grabbed a bite to eat at McDonalds and then had about 3 hours to kill before her flight boarded. She did a little shopping. Got postcards for Max and Madi, some caramel popcorn from Nuts on Clark (some girls had told her that the popcorn was really good), headphones and The Fault In Our Stars. Which she only purchased after following a cute boy into the back part of the store where the books were.
She took a potty break and sent me a video of the automatic toilet seat cover changer thing. Her gate got changed three different times while she sat and waited. Around 7:30, Chicago time, she finally boarded her plane and headed home, next to an asian lady with a cough. Her flight was delayed by about 40 minutes, but Darric and I were there at McCarran waiting for her when it landed. Darric continued to watch her on the Find My Friends app and the United website. She was happy to be home and we were so very happy for her to be back home. *We weren't excited that her luggage got something spilled on it and now smells like really bad ramen noodle soup.