Ahhhh high school…..the good ol’ days. I know some people wouldn’t agree with me but I absolutely loved high school. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by great friends and people who would be part of some of my most amazing memories.
Day 3 in the October Daily Blog Challenge asks us to tell about a high school memory you will never forget. Honestly, this is very hard for me since I have so many.
Having been part of an amazing dance team that was a small part of the school’s band (yes, band was the cool thing to be part of in my school 😉 )I was able to travel to places that I would never have dreamt of going to at such a young age.
One of my favorite memories is traveling to Hawaii with the band in high school when I was in tenth grade. The reason we were even allowed to travel to Hawaii was to perform in a parade in Waikiki. How many can say that they did that? Back in 1994, traveling across the country on an airplane with 100 kids was not a scary thought in most parents minds. We were still living in an innocent world and having harm being done to us while we traveled wasn’t even an option.
I remember the flight being really long to LAX and when we arrived there to catch our connecting flight, we were like that scene in Home Alone when they are running through the airport to catch their plane. This was definitely a sight to be seen. 100 kids, chaperones and my band director all trying to get to the next flight. Definitely funny now, but I’m sure back then the adults didn’t find it funny.
I remember when we landed in Oahu, the airport was absolutely beautiful. We were greeted with our very own lei and it just seemed like paradise. There were palm trees everywhere and it was sunny and warm. I can still visually see us waiting outside this beautiful airport, soaking in the sunshine, before we had to get our ride to the hotel.
It’s crazy how 19 years is such a long time ago but yet I can still feel like it was just half that amount of time. I remember in the early mornings, we would wake up and Waikiki would be so quiet, peaceful and clean. I can remember my girlfriends and I being silly and taking pictures inside (or actually outside) their Rainforest Cafe restaurant (or basically anywhere we could pose Lol). We thought it was so cool to have a ‘yard’ at a restaurant where you could hang out outside.
Being able to see Pearly Harbor was really cool, we traveled to the Dole Plantation and I remember people buying pineapples to be shipped home. As a beach lover I got see the North Shore and Waimea Bay and appreciate the ocean even more.
The last thing I’ll mention is that on the last day, a few of my friends and I decided to do a Hawaiian tradition. They say that if you throw your lei back into the water, that means you’ll be back someday (or so they told us). Well, universe, I hope that tradition is right. I would love to go back as an adult and see if it’s how I remember it (in some sense).
I could honestly go on and on. All I have to say is that this trip will forever be a memory I will never forget. I was fortunate enough to have traveled to more places in my high school career but how many can say that they traveled to Hawaii with their high school.
What’s a memory you have of your high school that you will never forget??