Chaos in Cali...

Article date: April 4, 2018

by Hannah Cress


 Weskan High’s Senior class made quite a trip over Spring Break. Traveling over 1,200 miles, their final destination was San Diego, California. The group left the school parking lot at 4:00 Sunday morning, drove to the Denver airport and got on the 2 ˝ hour flight to San Diego.

For many of the Seniors, this was their first experience flying. Some took it better than others. Once they safely touched down in California, they loaded their suitcases and backpacks into a rented van and drove to their "home away from home" for the week. The kids spent the rest of the day hanging out and getting settled in.

Monday, the first full day, was spent exploring the San Diego Zoo. This zoo is one of the biggest in the United States and features over 3,700 different animals. The Seniors and sponsors made the trek around the entire zoo, making a pit stop around noon for a quick meal at the food court. They still had some time before they had to be back at the house, so they walked around Balboa Park, where the zoo is located, and also took a tour of the San Diego Automotive Museum.

On Tuesday, the group was up bright and early and ready to head to the coast. First on the agenda was a whale watching cruise. All kinds of sea life were spotted including dolphins, sea lions, and turtles. However, they did not see any whales on the cruise, which was disappointing, but they still had fun together out on the open sea.

Once they got back, it was time for their tour of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. The ship houses an extensive collection of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California. The tour took them down into the belly of the carrier as well as onto the flight deck.

Wednesday was the day that this western Kansas class was waiting for: beach day! As they got closer and closer to the beach the excitement grew as they could see the sunlight glittering on the water and smelled the salty air. Beach day began with renting kayaks and cruising the coast.

Afterward, a few of the boys got buried in the sand while the rest splashed around in the water or suntanned on the beach. “The beach was my favorite part because I had never been kayaking or seen the ocean before,” said Laisha Herrera. After they left the sandy paradise, the group went to Belmont amusement park to ride rides, play arcade games, and shop for souvenirs.

The agenda for Thursday included go-karts and a trampoline park. The fastest time around the go-kart track went to Heavenly McQuillan! The trampoline park was also a blast. While Marja and Isaic performed their flips and tricks, Bailey, Dallas, and Keaton had a dunk contest on the basketball goals. The class also played a couple rounds of dodge-ball and, surprisingly, there was only one headshot.

On Friday, they all traveled to Los Angeles to take a walk down Hollywood Boulevard. They also went on a guided tour and learned about the beginnings of theatre and movies. To end the week, the seniors and their sponsors had dinner at the Oceanside Diner which is located at the end of a pier right on the water. The next morning, they packed their suitcases and said they’re final goodbyes to California. Keaton Tesmer said, “My favorite part of senior sneak was just getting out of Kansas for a while.“

All of Weskan’s seniors enjoyed the trip and felt satisfaction to see all their hard work and fundraisers paying off.