Aug. 24, 1999
Victoria, British Columbia -
DIARY ? Day 9 (8/24/99) ? Becky Cummings
I cannot believe this tour is coming to an end. It has been such an enjoyable experience for everyone included in this trip. I had no idea all of the beautiful sights I was missing before I came here.
I also had no idea a bike could flip like it did and rocks could be so slippery as I was parading on them up a river.
Well, today my mother, sister, Nikki and I went whale watching. We had to wear these bright orange snow suit-type outfits (it was definitely a Kodak moment). With the combination of the speed of the boat and the waves, we walked off of the boat looking like four drowned rats.
Although Nikki and I are the only ones who saw something, we claim it was a whale, it was a memory I will cherish forever.
The rest of the team, coaching staff and some supporters went on a sailing trip. It was freezing out, but the still enjoyed the fresh air and spectacular views.
We are off tonight trying to go home undefeated. It's amazing how much this trip has added to our team chemistry ? on and off the court. We are all looking forward to beginning the regular season with all of this experience behind us.
Lastly, I would just like to thank everyone who contributed to this trip. We have created so many wonderful memories that we will always remember. Thanks again and I hope you are as excited as we are to get the season underway.
P.S. ? If anyone every sees my sister, Sandy, at the games, please ask her how she managed to use a porta-potty on a raft boat!
DIARY ? Day 9 (8/24/99) - Carolyn Jenkins
Where should I begin? There are so many aspects of this trip that I could talk about, it is difficult to limit it to one page. When Angela Jackson and I first approached Coach Langeland last September about the possibility of going on this trip, I don't think we had any idea how beneficial it would be for our team. Coach Langeland talked about the difficulties of planning a trip of this length for 20 people, but I must say, it has gone extremely well. As far as the team is concerned, the biggest benefit comes from gaining trust and confidence in one another.
A trip of this length with this many people forces you to see a person outside of the comfort zone. Usually in this situation, a person shows their real personality, and what I believe is happening with our team is that they are able to see each other in a light outside the Breslin Arena spotlights. They are able to see in each other a little bit of themselves, which I believe helps them gain confidence in one another on the court. I think this is what people mean when they describe a team as having good chemistry. (?All things are one, and in one all things.? John Steinback, The Sea of Cortez). Last night against the Victoria All-Stars, we played several different combinations of players, but the flow of the game did not change. The team competed with an extremely high level of confidence, which will definitely help us during the season.
That's probably enough with the Freudian aspect of the tour. Today's specialty came this morning on a chartered sailboat that left port at 9:00 a.m. It was foggy, extremely cold, and all of us got wet one way or the other. It was a blast! The three-hour tour did not end on Gilligan's Island, but we were able to see a large part of the Pacific Northwest coastline. We had the opportunity to help navigate the ship in one way or the other, in the true spirit of teamwork!
For those of you who were unable to join us on this trip, feel confident in the fact that we are bringing a product back to you that you will enjoy for seasons to come!