Winter Week in Florida

Jan. 12, 2012

Winter Week in Florida

Starting 2012 with a bang, here we all are in a sunny city that is Sarasota, Florida! The team is reunited, and the Hoya lightweights finally made it down here and are as ecstatic and giddy as ever. With the many pleasant hotel accommodations, "guns-out" worthy weather, and no academic worries, life could not be better! Everyone gets to focus on rowing and only rowing. We get to go out twice every day, giving us that old sore feeling again, and echoing that new beginning sensation. 

We've been safe from the prophesized alligators thus far, and if we are able to tear ourselves away from rowing at the boathouse, we might check out where the ex-resident manatees migrated off to. Until then, you'll see us all quite content to mosey around the outdoor pool. It has been so easy to lose track of time. The sight of greenery in general is dreamlike for us northern college attendees. Spring time in January is just the break we needed from over a month of indoor training. Some of us even have slight allergies as a completing effect.

With rowing on our minds constantly, it is hard to believe that we do actually get to do other things. Napping without remorse has been one of the best perks of this trip. What with all the complementary hot chocolate, cookies, and breakfast, it's a good thing we're all on the same hotel floor just rooms apart to regularly unload our excitement. Over a dozen of us would squeeze into an upperclassmen's room to watch a TV show and hang out. And when crowds get too big, we have movie nights on and off the hotel grounds. But most excitingly, skit night is approaching fast. As tradition has shown us in the past, it's the perfect close to a crew packed week. Our talented comical side is sure to shine.

For now, we'll be laughing as we put free hotel lemon juice packets in our hair for highlights as we drive to our afternoon session. We'll miss these van rides to practice, too. Nothing shows how psyched we are about being here together like squeezing twelve girls into one van and belting out songs off the radio.



Back to school soon,

Alycia Craven

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