California Dreaming- Part 2
March 12, 2010
After seeing the beauty of San Francisco, Calif., yesterday, we are experiencing the rain and gloom today. It has not stopped raining since I woke up.
Today's game against California was cancelled due to the rain, but both contests are still on for tomorrow. The Pirates play Cal State Fullerton at 1:00 p.m. EST and UC Davis at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST.
After we found out the game was cancelled, we went to lunch at Smart Alec's Intelligent Fast Food, right across the street from the Cal student union. It was a great place to get some healthy food quickly. I had a roasted turkey sandwich, a bowl of corn chowder soup and a huge piece of some of the best corn bread I've ever had.
The restaurant was also exceptionally busy. By the time all of us got our food and sat down, the line of people waiting to order wrapped around all of the tables. When those people got their food, they were standing around our tables wanting us to get up and leave so they could sit down. The staff certainly did a great job getting good food made in a hurry.
After lunch we came back to the hotel and the whole team went through a study hall period before a brief workout. Tonight, we'll go to dinner and a movie and head back to the hotel for our final night of rest on the road before returning to Greenville on a red eye flight tomorrow night.
A Look Back
Senior Cristen Aona
"Playing in front of family and friends was really good. My grandpa and aunties had never seen me play college softball before our trip."
Senior Marina Gusman-Brown
"The best part was the team being able to experience something new together. The support of all the family and friends in Hawai'i and now California has been great. This trip brought us closer as a team."
Senior Nicole Jordan
Senior Christina Merrida
"Besides that, seeing so many families and what their homes were like in Hawai'i was great. We also got to go to San Francisco and that's one of my favorite cities. We're so close to my house now. It's great for my parents because they don't have to stay in a hotel to be able to see our games."
Senior Vanessa Moreno
Senior Charina Sumner
"Being from the West Coast, it was good to return and play in some familiar places. The family and food in Hawai'i were the best parts of the trip."
Senior Kaui Tom
Junior Sissy Jimenez
"We have been having fun and playing softball."
Junior Toni Paisley
"The trip to Hawai'i wasn't just like going to Hawai'i for a tournament. We were able to experience real Hawai'i with our players and their families. They all welcomed us into their homes."
Sophomore Suzanne Riggs
Sophomore Faith Sutton
"Yesterday in California was my first time here. When we went under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz, it was cool seeing things I had only heard about before."
Sophomore Priscilla Velasquez
"When we were in Hawai'i, it was good to see where everybody is from. I hear our Hawaiians talk about so many places all the time that it's nice to have a visual now. The friends and families have been a great part of this trip.
"From a softball standpoint, it was great for us to play such a high level of competition."
Freshman Kai Clark
Freshman Cicely Lopez
"Going to Hawai'i in general was a lot of fun, but I really liked the luau. I loved all the different Hawaiian foods I tried and eating all the rice"
Head Coach Tracey Kee
"When I'm standing on the field at the University of Hawai'i and at Fresno State and can look into the stands and see our fans outnumbering those home teams is pretty special. Here in California, we have every player's family but two and in Hawai'i we had almost everybody's families there.
"We have tried to achieve a good balance between playing high-level softball with spending time with families."
This entry concludes our blog about the trip to Hawai'i and California. I hope you all enjoyed reading about our journey as much as I enjoyed writing about it. Much like our players and coaches said, the families and their hospitality really made this trip unique for me.
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