Hello Courageous Travels!
Today we rooted for the home team and we watched the Iowa Cubs play the Memphis Redbirds!
We started this morning at camp where Melissa and Kody and volunteer Treva checked in the first three travelers; Allan, Ralphie, and Darren. Then we made our way over to Marion where we picked up volunteer Mike and travelers Stephen.
During this same time, Rolo met up with volunteer Liz in Dubuque and they checked in travelers Dawn, Jim, and Carl. Then then traveled down to Davenport to pick up travelers Terry and Sarah.
Both buses met in Coralville where we met our final two volunteers, Ciara and Hanna, and our final travelers Rochelle, Ashley, Nancy, Kata, and Austin. Everyone loaded up on Oscar and we were on our way to Des Moines to watch some baseball! This is Ashley, Jim, Carl, Rochelle, and Dawn’s first trip so they were very excited!
The Iowa Cubs has a food drive for the Food Bank today so the travelers and staff from camp helped us provide an opportunity to give back to the community! As soon as we walked through the gates, the travelers were met by Cubbie the Bear! Austin and Darren even got pictures with Cubbie!
We found our seats and got some lunch from the park’s concession stands. The previous day’s game was postponed during the game because of a storm so they started at the top of the 5th inning with a score of 1-3 favoring the Redbirds. During the 5th inning, both teams scored a run with the score coming to 2-4, Redbirds. By the end of the 6th inning, the Redbirds made 3 more runs to make the score 2-7. The 7th inning stretch came around and some of the travelers stood and everyone sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Terry and Ralphie danced a bit during this part. The Redbirds made one more run this inning, making the score 2-8. During the 8th inning, the Redbirds made an additional three runs, making the score 2-11. During the final inning, the Redbirds made two more runs and one of the batters even managed to throw their bat into the crowd. The final score of the first game was Redbirds 13 Iowa Cubs 2.
In between the two games, all of our travelers went down to the Iowa Cubs store and bought some souvenirs. Some bought hats, some bought shirts, and Nancy even bought a few baseballs. Kata, Rochelle, and Dawn were so excited to go shopping! Rochelle bought so many pink things and put them all on! Both teams got changed and rested and we were ready for game number two! Neither team scored any runs during the first inning, but our group got featured on the big screen for a brief minute and Carl waved at the camera. During the second game, we were approached by a past counselor, Kim Barnett. She used to be a counselor in the ‘80s and she got to meet some of our travelers and we talked about how much camp has grown since she worked here!
Neither team scored during the second inning, so our travelers were on the edge of their seats cheering on the Cubs. Darren would yell so loudly every time a player hit the ball and there would be a huge smile on his face. Dawn enjoyed singing “Go Cubs Go” during the game as well. The Redbirds got one run during the third inning putting them ahead 1-0. During the fourth inning, the Cubs almost scored a home run and ended up getting one guy home which tied up the score 1-1. We ended up leaving after the 4th inning of the second game, but out of the two games we watched a total of 9 innings. We later checked the score and saw that the Iowa Cubs lost 1-6 to the Memphis Redbirds.
We loaded up the bus and made our way back to Coralville, where we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Culver’s. In Coralville we said goodbye to travelers Austin, Ashley, Kata, and Nancy, and two volunteers Hannah and Ciara. We also split up onto our two buses in Coralville with one bus heading to Davenport and Dubuque and the other to Marion and Monticello..
Rolo’s bus drove to Davenport where they said goodbye to travelers Sarah, Rochelle and Terry. They then drove to Dubuque where they said goodbye to travelers Jim, Carl, and Dawn and to volunteer Liz.
Meanwhile, Melissa’s bus drove to Marion where we parted ways with traveler Steve and volunteer Mike. We then made our way back to camp and said farewell to travelers Darren, Ralphie, and Allan. We also said goodbye to volunteer Treva.
It was such a great trip to the Iowa Cubs! Thank you to all the travelers for making this trip so wonderful and thank you to the volunteers for helping out today!
-The Travel Team