Monday, May 12, 2014

Alex At The Mathcounts Nationals - I



Song:  Jet Airliner

Group:  The Steve Miller Band


We departed Reno...
en route to the Mathcounts Nationals...last Wednesday.

Alex and his three State of Nevada teammates were going to Orlando, Florida...
for 5 days of flights, competition, and fun.

We just got back yesterday.

Alex, my wife, and I, took a flight from Reno to Las Vegas where
we met the rest of the State math team.

We got up at approximately 2:30 AM...
and then ate at Denny's at around 3:00 AM.

As it would be a long day of flying...
I wanted Alex to have a good solid meal before our flights.


Alex had grilled Tilapia...
I had a T-Bone Steak...
and my wife opted for something light.


We arrived at the Reno airport with plenty of time to spare.


Our flight to Las Vegas to meet the rest of the team.


We had to switch planes.
We walked to the departure gate of our final flight to Orlando, Florida...
and we met with the rest of the team, the coach (in the black shirt)...
and the parents of the young man sitting next to Alex.




We are near Orlando airport.



We were sitting near the front of the plane...
so we just waited for the rest of the team to deboard the plane upon our arrival
in Orlando, Florida.








The Nevada State Math Team.



We took a tram from the gate area to the baggage claim area.








After picking up our bags...
the team wanted to stop at an Airport eatery.



The team had Chinese fast food.



Upon our arrival at the Disney World Swan Hotel.

The team had rooms on a different floor than my wife's and my room.

The two on the right of the picture were roommates...
and Alex and the young man just left of him in the picture, were roommates.

The coach had his own room just a few doors down from the rest of the team.

They would use his room for team practice.

As the Nationals were not until Friday morning...
and it was the evening of Wednesday in the above picture...
the team had enough time to rest up some and to get in a few practice sessions
before the competition.

On the next day it would be competitor registration.

 Later that night...
the coach took the team out to eat Sushi at one of the hotel's restaurants.

My wife and I decided to look around and walk over to the next hotel (Dolphin Hotel)
to find something light to eat.









Little did we know at the time, that at night...
the trees and the fountain would be bathed in vibrant and changing colored lights.























Shortly after we took these pictures...
we just showered and went to bed.

Early the next morning...
I went to breakfast with the team.
They then had to register for the competition.

In the next article...
Thursday - registration and team practice day.





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