The weather was a not quite crisp 53 degrees but it was dark, dark, dark and according to Julia Martien, way too early. Had we put it to a vote I’m betting the vote would have been unanimous on that one. There’s just something about arriving at a pick up point at 3:00 AM that’s unnatural.
Nonetheless, our UPENN cohort—chaperone Mario Miranda, Julia Martien and Brian Seegers from El Cerrito HS and Alex Elms from Pinole Valley HS—all arrived before their assigned time to prepare for their trip to the University of Pennsylvania’s Physics Academy.
Detouring through Washington, DC so they could check out Georgetown University (and the sites of our nation’s capital) they will still arrive in the City of Brotherly Love in time to celebrate the 4th of July in Philadelphia.
Their time in the physics lectures and labs will, most likely, be grueling but they’ll also have Tie-Dye Tuesdays and Wii Wednesdays to help mellow them out.
After weighing their luggage and browsing the bazaar table of loaner items their shuttle to the airport arrived. We were all a little incredulous when we saw that instead of the normal airport shuttle van we ended up with a long white stretch limo. There were hugs all around, the “children” were admonished to stay away from the limo’s bar and they were off.
Even money said that Julia had her take-along pillow under her head before they were even on the freeway and she was counting sheep before the driver got up to the speed limit.
It was still dark and way too early.