Kenzie had been in contact with the assistant coach from UC Riverside. We were hoping he'd be at the camp in San Francisco, but something came up and he wasn't able to make it. He set up a phone call with Kenzie (she loves phone calls with coaches ;) ) and he let us know about a camp that they had just added at UCR. We went back and forth about going to the camp. A few days before, we decided we should just do it. Who knows if anything will come from it, but if we don't go, we'll never know. (plus the camp was cheaper than the other ones have been at $99)
Darric and I were going to take her. Bryan was going to come and hang with Max, Madi and the dogs while we were gone. We signed Kenzie up for the camp and got a 2.5 star hotel on Priceline for only $59 (ick). And then... Darric got sick. Crappiest he's ever felt. Fever, cough, aches. I was going to have to take Kenzie on my own. Which shouldn't be a problem, except I haven't driven out of town since 2009. And that was to Utah. I wasn't even sure how to use the cruise control in our car. But, I did it. Well, we did it. I have to give Kenzie some credit for helping.
SATURDAY JULY 16, 2016
I had to be up at 4:00 this morning to get ready. Unfortunately, Darric woke me up when he got up to go to the bathroom at 3:00 and I couldn't get back to sleep. At 4:30, Kenzie got up and got ready. We were out the door just before 5:00, stopped for drinks and pastries and jumped on the freeway. It was dark out for at least the first hour of our drive, so we didn't get to see the solar towers at Primm lit up. While the drive was easy, I let Kenzie try and get some sleep. I woke her up before Victorville so we could stop to use the restroom and get her water bottles.
After the Cajon pass, there was about 15 minutes left of the drive, so it really wasn't that bad. We got off at University, made a left turn and the school was right there. We parked in lot 24, found the machine to pay for my day of parking and then we walked towards the building we thought was the Johnson Family Practice Center. We saw some other girls walking in, so we followed them.
Kenzie checked in, got her t-shirt and changed into it. Parents were allowed to stay (thank goodness) so I got a seat and stayed for the entire thing. The coaches introduced themselves and two players from the team were there to help out, Meg and Madi. Madi is the best libero in their conference and Meg plays middle. Today they worked on serving, setting, attacking, passing (straight and simple) and digging.
11:30 was lunch time. Some girls brought their lunch and were staying there to eat. The two Riverside players were walking a group over to the Sub Station to get food. We decided to join that group. I was the only parent. (Awkward) We ordered our lunch and then walked back to the school to eat in the gym. The sandwiches were pretty good. I got the avocado and cheese and Kenzie got ham and cheese.
Camp started back up at 1:30. They worked on more drills. Kenzie was killing it all day long. She made very few mistakes (from what I could tell). Darric's a better judge than I am. But, I thought she proved that even though she's not six feet tall, she can go all day without losing any height in her attacking. The coach also commented on how well her setting was.
Camp wrapped up at 4:00 and we found our way to Ontario (about 20 minutes away) where our hotel was. It was an Extended Stay and looked decent from the outside. But the inside was a different story. The lobby was just a small room, the elevator was grungy looking and made noises, and our room... made me feel dirty. Kenzie thought it was alright. There was laminate wood flooring and our feet stuck to it. It smelled weird. Our window was broken and wouldn't close all the way, so we could hear the freeway that was right behind us loud and clear.
We dropped our stuff off and went to find food. There was a bar and grill nearby that we wanted to try called 4th and Mill. We each got a personal pizza. It was pretty good. We left there, went across the street to Sonic and got drinks and Sonic Blasts for desserts. We came back to the hotel to enjoy them and we were both out by 8:00/8:30.
SUNDAY JULY 17, 2016
We were woken up several times throughout the night thanks to the traffic outside and people loudly talking in the halls. Around 2 am, the smell of pot drifted through the room and at 5:00, my body decided it was not going back to sleep. I laid in bed until 6:30 and then got up and got ready. The shower pelted my body with water, the thin towel hardly dried me off. We weren't hanging out in the hotel any longer than we had to. We left around 7:15 and went to find a Starbucks. Got some gas and headed back over to UC Riverside. I took one exit that I wasn't supposed to, but we were able to jump right back on the freeway (thanks to Navi) and get off at the correct exit.
They started at 9:00 again. Worked on blocking today and then did a couple stations before lunch time. Kenzie and I walked with the group over to the Sub Station. I ordered the turkey, avocado and cheese today and Kenzie ordered a salad. While we were in line, Meg told her she was doing really well today. We came back to the gym to eat again.
At 1:30 they started back up. Eventually they were separated into four teams and played a tournament. Kenzie's team ended in fourth place. Which really stunk. Photos were taken and before we left, I made Kenzie go tell Eric thank you. Then we got right on the freeway to head home.
(Eric is in the yellow, he's one of the assistant coaches. Michelle is the head coach in blue. The other assistant coach, Lisa, was there too. Dak is in blue, not sure what he is. And I don't know about the guy in grey.)
We stopped in Victorville and had a quick dinner at Freddy's. Then went back to the convenience store we stopped at before to get snack/drinks and use the restroom. When we got to Barstow, we sat in traffic for at least 45 minutes because they had it down to one lane for road construction that lasted all of 30 seconds. So annoying. We eventually got home around 9:00. Took Bryan to his house and came right back to give everyone hugs and go to bed. Darric was feeling better than he was at the beginning of the weekend, but still pretty crappy.
It was a nice surprise to come home to a clean house. Thanks to a quick, last minute cleaning by Max, Madi and Bryan. :)
And here's a video I put together (because videos are my thing now):