Trips Have Arrived…and the Adventure Begins!

After a long day of travel, the seven SBA trips that left campus this morning (Mississippi, Appalachia, Education, Maryland, and Philadelphia) have reached or are nearing their final destinations, while the trips that left for Boston Logan Airport this afternoon (Colorado and Phoenix) and currently en route on their flights.  We will continually update this post as we hear back from the trips, so please stay tuned to this blog and to our Twitter feed @STA_CampusMin, hashtag #SACSBA.

 

SBA Appalachia, Education, Maryland, & Philadelphia – a lot of greatness in one place!


 

Philly hangout

Chillin' in Philly

SBA Philadelphia arrived safely at Saint Francis Inn and were received at the Inn by Kevin, who showed them to their rooms and gave them some basic background information about the Inn and a preview of how their week will go.  One thing he shared that struck the leaders was about the "hidden homeless," low income persons who, while barely affording a place to stay, cannot afford food, utilities, or other necessities, and therefore must make use of the Inn's services.  That gave our students food for thought, hinting at a week's worth of deeper lessons learned when going beneath the surface.   Speaking of food, last we checked the group was sitting down to a dinner of spaghetti and green beans, a nutritious counterbalance to a long car ride of candy consumption.  Tomorrow they are looking forward to a special morning Mass with the staff followed by Sunday brunch.


 

MD Road Warriors

MD Road Warriors

SBA Maryland, meanwhile, has also arrived at their destination, Benedictine in Ridgely, MD after enduring an arduous journey laden with traffic jams.  Inspired by peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and the musical talents of ukuleleist Ryan Sandford, however, the group reach the school with full bellies and smiles on their faces.  They also enjoyed a chance encounter with the SBA trip groups headed to Philadelphia and Kentucky, making for an unexpected Anselmian reunion on the road!  When the Maryland group arrived at the Benedictine school, they found the campus to be bigger than they expected, and were driven to their living quarters by a couple of the nuns who lived in the convent.  They are excited to finally be there and ready for a full day tomorrow, beginning with Mass and then making a sightseeing visit to Washington DC, where they will be shown about town by Kevin Ward and Ashley Pratte, two Anselmian alums and former Service & Solidarity Missions trip leaders.   Great beginning to a great week!

 


 

Rainy walk to dinner

The Ed trip takes the rainy path to dinner!

SBA Education and Appalachia probably takes the honors for longest ride, with an 11 hour trip (with stops) yesterday that should probably earn them some sort of medal!  Thankfully, however, in true teacher fashion the Ed trip made good use of this long block of unstructured time, singing tunes from the Disney Channel and playing games of riddles, while the Appa trip enjoyed many interesting conversations on their van ride.  After staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cumberland, MD last night and enduring another long day of driving the windy Kentucky roads, the Education trip group arrived at The David School (David, KY) around 5:30 pm, while the Appalachia trip arrived at Glenmary Farm (Vanceburg, KY) around 6 pm.  Both trip groups have both settled in at their respective host sites and are enjoying  homecooked dinner tonight – all the cozier and tastier after this long, rainy day!

 



Mississippi family photo

Mississippi either forgot the camera was rolling, or has a thing for awkward family photos!

SBA Mississippi enjoyed the rare pleasure of a delay/problem free flight, arriving in Memphis early this afternoon and met at the airport by Fr. Tim Murphy, their host at Camp Glenmary who has worked with more than a dozen trip groups from the Hilltop.  Upon arriving at the camp deep in the beautiful Mississippian woods, they took a tour, chopped some wood, and met with a longtime camp counselor who volunteers during the summer.  She told the group about the two camps they run in June: (1) a "Catholic camp" for local area Catholic kids and (2) a camp for economically-challenged children that gets them away from their situations and into the great outdoors, where they can swim, do crafts, and, as one of our trip leaders said, "do what kids should do."  Finally, the group enjoyed sumptuous Southern cooking at its finest, with a dinner of catfish, jalapeno fritters, and blackeyed peas, and ended the evening by walking it off with a trip to the woods to see the stars.

 


 

PHX in the airport!

Phoenix has arrived!

SBA Phoenix, along with its travel partner, SBA Colorado, may have overtaken the Appalachia and Education trips in terms of travel time.  Both flying trips left campus for Boston Logan Airport at 2pm yesterday, and after a long layover and longer flights, finally arrived at their housing sites in the wee hours of this morning (keeping in mind the 2 hour time difference).  Phoenix experienced true Benedictine hospitality at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery when the nuns there were up to welcome the group – even at 2 in the morning!  This morning the Phoenix group will be attending Mass and spending time with the Benedictine sisters before heading to the Andre House of Hospitality early in the afternoon.  At Andre House, where they will be serving all week, they will receive an orientation and then a homecooked meal from the yearlong volunteers staying there.  They are tired but excited for a full week of service!

 


 

Runners High Visit

Colorado trip says hi to Runners High

Similar to the Phoenix trip, the well-traveled SBA Colorado crew arrived early this morning at their destination, the Berthoud First United Methodist Church, where they will be staying during their week of flood relief work in the area, coordinated by Community Collaborations International.  Although they got what sleep they could on air mattresses on the church hall floor, it must have felt like the Hilton after their weary travel day!  This morning they enjoyed breakfast prepared by church staff before heading to Runners High to hang out with store owners Ken and Deb, with whom the students were connected by SAC Vice President of College Advancement Jim Flanagan.  After enjoying their hospitality, the Colorado trip group trekked to Red Rocks (by minivan, not by foot), taking in the incomparably vast mountain vistas on a full day of sightseeing.  Tomorrow, however, the real work begins!

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