Sunday, 21 June 2015

Camp America 15 || Arrival

From Heathrow to Camp

At 2am on Friday the 19th of June I headed off to Heathrow airport alone to get on my flight to America. On the bus up I made a friend with another girl also doing Camp America, the bus up was ok but when I got there I was a little confused about where I needed to be because the airport is HUGE. After dropping my bag off at the baggage drop I headed up to security where they tested my bag for explosive substances, that took twenty five minutes longer than expected and then I was finally through, got some water and waited until 8:20 to get on my flight.

I hate flying, taking off, being in the air and landing is terrifying! On the plane I was sat with a lovely guy who I chatted to throughout the flight, it was quite a boring flight other than that. I flew U.S Airways which seems budget compared to the flight I took last year. No movies, I was disappointed! When the flight finally landed I got off at Philadelphia which was HOT HOT HOT and headed for food and then to my gate ready to get on a domestic flight to Newark. The plane was tiny and old with propelars that made me super nervous, and the fact our flight was delayed by quite awhile and then when we eventually got on the plane we were about to take off but had to stop due to terrible storms over Newark, I think we sat on the plane for an hour until take off and then we had quite a bumpy ride to Newark, I got off and had to find a bus to Port Authority which was hard as the stops had numbers but not names, I managed to board the right bus but when we got to Port Authority at 6:50 I ran around desperately trying to find help to get me on the 7pm to Lords Valley.

I missed it and then broke down crying in the middle of the airport, I hadn't slept for almost 24hrs, I had 20% battery and needed to find somewhere to stay. I called home hoping mum and dad could sort out accommodation whist I found out if there was a bus the next day. We booked the Holiday Inn Express near Times Square which was supposed to be close to the Bus station but after walking around in circles for ages I caught a taxi to the hotel, except the driver was confused about where it actually was. I got there, threw up and lay in bed awake for most of the night until 5am where I think I slept a little. I felt much better the next morning and caught a taxi back to Port Authority to get the 10am bus to Lords Valley where one of the reception staff picked me and Elizabeth the tennis specialist up where I finally arrived.

Arriving at Camp

We arrived in time for lunch, met some nice people and were taken to stay at a cabin. Top Ranch is one of four establishments here, kids from the other three camps come to us to learn to ride and improve their skills. No one from Top Ranch had arrived yet so I stayed at the all boys camp. My boss arrived dinner time, she's fantastic, she's brought her dog Lilly, they stayed at the ranch for the first night whilst I was at the other camp. After dinner she gave me a tour of camp and then we headed back for the campfire. I love a good campfire, people sang, told stories, we learnt songs and then headed to bed.

Moving into the Ranch

The next morning we had breakfast with all the other staff and then headed to pick up my stuff to move me into the ranch. We did inventory, checked what we had and then chilled. I moved my stuff into my room and set it up and now eagerly await the arrival of my room mate. I've met 2/3 girls so far and their both incredible girls and I'm pretty certain we're all going to get on. My biggest issue is definitely going to be the bee's who have nests all along our building under the roof, hopefully we can get that sorted. I'm not sure what's left to be done today, we might be going out for dinner or going to Walmart!

Have you been to America? Or a Summer Camp?

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  1. Omg I would have totally gotten on the next flight home if it was me. Well done for getting there safe and sound! It already sounds amazing, so i'm def looking forward to keeping up with what you've been up to.
    I want to see pictures of the campfire and singing! Hope you have a brill time x

  2. Enjoy your time lovely! Great story and i am looking forward to reading more about your adventure! Awesome pics too x

  3. you are so brave travelling on your own - even reading about your journey made me feel nervous lol The ranch reminds me of Parent Trap! :) I can't wait to read about your time there, everyone is going to love you!! Have the best time x

  4. It looks so lovely, makes me jealous as it is currently rainy and dull here in South Wales lol!! Hope you have an amazing time!!

  5. It looks so lovely, makes me jealous as it is currently rainy and dull here in South Wales lol!! Hope you have an amazing time!!

  6. This sounds like an amazing experience! What made you do it? It was always a dream of mine to go but I never did! I'm super jealous!


  7. I love New York. It's such a shame you had to rush through in such a tired & poorly state. The camp looked lovely though. I hope you enjoyed it & your Mac looks lovely sat on the bed there :) x

  8. Great to read about the beginning of your Camp America journey, ill be keeping up with your updates. My friends doing this too in Minnesota!

    Amy at

  9. I have been to America but I've never been to a summer camp. I'd love to though because it looks amazing and sounds like so much fun!!!!!
    Jade x


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