Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day Two - Flying out and a first glimpse of DC

We were awakened at 6 am, grabbed breakfast and headed out to St. Louis to fly out of Lambert. From there we pretty much too over the terminal with all of our bags and bodies. We successfully landed in Baltimore and soon met our awesome bus drivers Smitty and Mr. D, who drove us to our hotel. We downloaded all our bags and then headed out for a few memorial visits. First stop was the Iwo Jima Memorial for the Marines. Then it was on to the Jefferson Memorials and an evening walk through the FDR Memorial. Time for bed for a full day of touring!

Arriving at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

A little fun at the airport listening to some music on Kyle's cool iPad!
Iwo Jima MemorialIwo Jima Memorial
Jefferson Memorial.
Jefferson Memorial

Washington Memorial in background

FDR Memorial

late evening tour

Parents of Oliver Lamping received this awesome evening tour shot! Thanks Cuivre River Electric of Troy, Missouri.

A New Adventure

I knew I was going to have a good time, but I had no idea that I would meet so many different people with so many different ideas. Coming from rural Northeast Missouri I have been very sheltered to many happenings. Today was my first time outside of the Midwest and my first time on a plane. The plane ride was kind of... sketchy. It wasn't as smooth as I would have liked it, but I'm here in Washington DC and that's all that matters. I have met people from Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, South Carolina, Minnesota, Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas! So many different accents and different cultures and each of them are all so unique! DC is beautiful and I can't wait to experience the rest of the trip. Thank you to all of the rural electric cooperatives for making this trip possible!

--Kathleen Hinkle
Finally. In dc!! I'm so excited to be here with all the other NRECA winners. The flight was a new experience for most of us And after a long day of traveling we are all pretty wore out. We went and saw the Jefferson, FDR and Iwo Jima memorials tonight. They are sooo cool! I just want to say thank you again to our coop sponsors who sent us here on "the trip of a lifetime" and those who fought for our country for so long to give us the memorials to look at here in DC. Well it's bed time, 6 am comes awfully early!

From DC,

Clarissa Rosenburg
Gascosage Coop
Newburg, MO

Night of Touring

After a 2 hour drive, a 2 hour flight, and another hour of driving we finally made it to our hotel. The Hyatt is super nice and a bunch of other states with youth tour are staying there too. We all have been trading pins and getting to know each other better. We started our tour by going to the 3 different memorials. My favorite was the Jefferson memorial. It really showed all the thought Jefferson put into his writing. This city is beautiful and I'm making a ton of new friends. As much as people told me how fun this trip was I didn't fully understand. That's all changed now and I'm ready for the rest of my awesome week in D.C.

-Leo Lutz


Landed in Baltimore and now on the hour or so trip to DC. All kids and all bags accounted for.

Leaving On a jet plane

Boarded and bout ready to take off!!!
OMG! This trip is sooooooo awesome. I love our chaperones (they told me to say that). Waiting to board the plane with my new friends. Can't wait to see Washington D.C.!!!!!

Katie Wells
Lost my ID at the airport and I found it! Hallelujah!

-Chandra Sullins

Near airport

Almost to the airport - with an awesome group! Now we get to scare the other travelers...

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The odds are chillin like villains making memories and new friends.
You can't divide us because we ain't no dividends.
Were pretty dang loud
you can pick us out in a crowd
The evens they be hatin cuz the odds are demonstratin the swag our bus has

P.S.Eat That Evens!!!

Even or Odd is the Question...

Odd or Even is the Question...

the tale of two kaylee's

it all started out on a friday night mid evening and bam! we discovered we had the same name and the same sisters name!! CRAZY!!!

Day One - Reception and Orientation

Well, day one is already in the books. We had a great dinner with our families at the Truman Hotel. Once our parents left and relinquished us to the caring hands of the wonderful chaperones, we learned from Mike about what all we were going to do this week. Sounds like a blast! We then had a few ice breaker activities to learn more about each other. Our other task at hand was to prepare a presentation with only a few random items that we would give to kindergarteners describing what cooperatives do.

Dinner at the Truman Hotel.

Icebreaker activity to learn more about each other. Mr. Lutz was the first one to finish and the winner of a candy bar.

Our makeshift power plant demonstrating what cooperatives do.
Describing what cooperatives do.

Don't touch downed power lines! You will turn to playdo.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Opening Night Dinner Reception

Packed house for the opening night dinner at Truman Hotel.

Location:Southridge Dr,Jefferson City,United States


I can't believe the trip starts today!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Trying out the Blog!!!

Hello Everyone! Im so excited that the Washington trip is just hours away! Its hard to believe that its came up so fast, but its so exciting! I cant wait to meet everyone and make new friends! The nevers are there a little bit but im sure they will go away after I meet everyone!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

2011 Youth Tour

OMG! I can't wait to go to Washington DC and meet so many new people! Its going to be soooooooo much fun! I've heard a lot of great things about this trip and about DC. This is going to be my first time there, so I'm like really really excited!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Getting excited about the trip and packing. Making sure I know how to work the blog. Looking foward to meeting everyone. I am one of the representatives from Cuivre River Electric.