On July 31, 2010 I began a twelve hour journey from Charleston, South Carolina to Detroit, Michigan to Green bay, Wisconsin and then Oshkosh, Wisconsin. My trip started with four complete strangers; these strangers were all freshman at my high school and a new guidance counselor. At the time I was a rising junior so I did not want my reputation affected by being with them. Even though they were underclassmen I still found joy, humor, and memories from them all. We all earned a scholarship to go to the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Our journey started at 12:00pm and we entered the Charleston International Airport and left for Detroit, Michigan. We landed in Detroit, Michigan and we were so excited because the airport was so massive. The funniest part was when we all stumbled on the built in train because we were so busy taking pictures with the camera’s giving to us because of the scholarship. We all decided we were hungry but everyone wanted something else. One student wanted Burger King; the other two wanted McDonalds, and the guidance counselor and I wanted Ruby Tuesdays. By the time we all got our food our plane was delayed. We were all running with our luggage frantic in the airport and a few of us fell really hard. When we got to the front desk our plane was delayed until 9:00pm the next day. So our graceful guidance counselor got the next flight to Green bay instead of Madison and drove us three hours to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Almost forgetting the best part, the luggage we did not bring on board was lost. So we stopped at the local Wal-Mart and bought a few necessities that would last until our luggage was found. We arrived at the EAA Air Academy at 12:00am and we were extremely exhausted. We boarded a dark room which had one person sleeping in it already. Our night couldn’t get any better when a massive thunderstorm struck and it was the most destructive storm I ever heard. Coming from Charleston, South Carolina we did not experience weather storms so destructive and loud so we were up all night terrified. The best part of the trip was that we awoke to a nice sunny morning and the smell of a King’s breakfast. The EAA Air Academy was more hands on than educational; we learned more than we ever knew about planes, careers in aviation, life skills, and hard work. Skipping the best parts; our guidance counselor came back within two weeks to take us back to the Green bay Airport. Along the ride we were able to see the stadium where the Green bay Packers played. Our plane rides back was much more enjoyable than the ride going to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Although sitting behind the restroom, we enjoyed our Delta Airline experience and cherished our trip. You might ask what happened to the luggage and the students. Well our luggage was never returned to us and still to this day I have not received it. The students are great and we all remain friends today.
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