Hello Courageous Travels and Happy Independence Day!
Today we celebrated by taking a group of travelers to America’s favorite pastime, baseball! Today the Waterloo Bucks are playing against the Willmar Stingers. The trip started around 1 pm when Rolo and Kody departed camp to the first check-in location in Davenport, where we picked up travelers Thomas and Tab. With both guys on board, we made our way to the next check-in in Coralville. Lots of excited travelers in Coralville, we picked up Michael, Seth, Austin, and Dustin. We also met our first volunteer, Tara. Austin was singing along to the radio the entire way to Marion.
Meanwhile, Melissa and Charlotte were having a check-in at camp. The travelers that showed up here were Susie, Allan, Raphie, and Christopher. Both vehicles met in Marion where we met our last few travelers, Pan, William, and Steven. We surprised our travelers with a 4th of July treat, ice cream! They all enjoyed the cool treat.
On our way to Waterloo, we encountered a little rain, but it all cleared up before the game and it was a beautiful night for the rest of the night! At the stadium we met up with our other volunteer, Betsy. Paul Lee, the State Secretary of Iowa Knights of Columbus and friend of Rolo and Kody, also met us at the stadium and presented a check to go towards a new travel bus! The travelers were all thrilled to hear this news!
We got settled into our seats and chowded down on some stadium food while the game started. Seth was very enthusiastic about cheering for the Bucks! The Bucks made 5 runs in the first inning, while Stingers didn’t score any. The was a homerun for the Bucks during the second inning and the score was 0-8. Both teams played fairly good during the third inning, and neither team got any runs. The Bucks scored another run during the fourth inning, making the score 0-9. The Stingers made a few rounds during the fifth inning and even got a homerun, bringing the score to 3-9. Starting in the fifth inning, there would be some fireworks going off every now and again and the travelers would get happy to see them!
During the sixth inning, they played some good music that Susie, Seth, Austin, Ralphie, and Mike all got up and started dancing! The Bucks scored another run during the sixth inning making the score 3-10. No one scored during the seventh inning but they did announce that Camp Courageous was there and the travelers all started cheering! Also all of our travelers got up during the seventh inning stretch to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” The Stingers made one more run during the eighth inning, making the score 4-10. When YMCA came on the speakers all of our travelers got up and started dancing! The travelers took some turns going down to the Bucks store and all bought some souvenirs. A few travelers even bought some more food, Steven got a helmet full of nachos.
The ninth inning was so intense! The Stingers made two more runs before the Bucks got two outs and then the batter for the Stingers got three strikes. Which means the Bucks won 6-10! Everyone was clapping and cheering! For a fun Independence Day surprise, the baseball stadium put on a fireworks show after the game. Dustin kept shouting to do more after each firework would go off and you could hear some of the travelers singing along to “God Bless the U.S.A.” It was such a good display with lots of different colors and types of fireworks!
We said goodbye to volunteer Betsy before leaving the stadium. The two vehicles were packed up with Rolo and Melissa taking a majority of the travelers towards Robbins, Coralville, and Davenport while Kody and Charlotte took the rest to a drop off in Monticello. In Monticello, we said goodbye to travelers Ralphie, Allan, Susie, and Christopher.
The first stop for Rolo and Melissa’s vehicle was Robbins. Here we said goodbye to travelers Pan, William, and Steven. This was Pan’s first trip, and he had a great time! The second drop off was in Coralville where we said farewell to travers Dustin, Austin, Michael, and Seth. Also our volunteer Tara was dropped off in Coralvjlle. The final drop off was in Davenport and we said see you later to Tab and Thomas. We then made our way back to camp.
We had a great 4th of July at the Waterloo Bucks game! Thank you to our two volunteers Tara and Betsy for helping us have a great trip! Thank you to all the travelers for making this a successful trip!
– Travel Team