Greetings from 37,000 feet — the pilot just announced that will be our cruising altitude this morning as Bellevue begins its road trip to play Oaks Christian.
After shelling out the almost $10 for the in-flight wi-fi, I’m typing my first post of the trip. It seemed like a good time to do it with most of the people on this flight either reading or sleeping.
I left this house this morning at 4:45 a.m. and by the time I parked and worked my way through the security line it was about 6 p.m. I didn’t see anyone I recognized until I was close to the gate — I started to think someone was playing a joke on me and I had the wrong flight information — but then I saw a couple of assistant coaches waiting in line for coffee at Seattle’s Best.
Instead of hitting the coffee stand near the gate, Wolverines players — the 22 who were on the early flight — made their way to Starbucks in a big cluster, many wearing shirts with Bellevue and Oaks Christian helmets on them.
As I sit back in coach, I have to admit I’m a bit jealous of the few guys who made it up to first class. However, I am sitting in an exit row, so at least I get a little extra leg room.
Once we land in California we will wait at the airport for the second group — their flight leaves in a few hours — before boarding a bus and starting the day. It’s going to be a long one and I’ll have plenty of updates.
I’ve been on trips like this before, but never with this many multimedia toys to play with. It’s going to be fun and I’ll try and make the updates as frequent as possible.
I’ll blog when I can fire up the computer and I’ll tweet the rest of the day. For those interested my Twitter account is @masonkelley.