Kansas Youth Chorus

News from KYC while on tour.

Day 8 – August 2nd

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After a good night of rest at El Paso, we met at the bus at 7:45. We were treated to donuts because we were on time (for once), and left around 8:00. We had about a two-hour drive to the Carlsbad Caverns. Just before stopping for a break at a rest area, two unfortunate people had to suffer the consequences of leaving items on the bus. Marvin and Cindy were each given a plate with two white chocolate frogs hidden in a pile of whipped topping, and were instructed to find and eat the frogs without using their hands. Luckily for Cindy, she had a place to wash her face following the experience. After we were on our way again, we received some tips on how to speed up roll call.

Eventually we arrived at the caverns and received orientation from one of the park rangers. We were informed that if we were caught chewing gum in the caverns, we would be fined $150. A nine-month term in prison and $4,000 fine could be incurred if we touched the sides of the caverns. After receiving orientation we walked approximately 1.2 miles to the bottom of the cavern. The largest room in the cavern, called the Big Room, was our destination. This spectacular room has an area of approximately 600,000 square feet, or the area of about fourteen football fields. We spent about two hours walking various trails in the cavern and admiring many formations. A sound made in a normal conversational voice carries ¼ mile, so we were instructed to whisper while in the caverns to keep the noise level down. We really wanted to sing while we were down there because the acoustics were incredible, but David was stopped by a park ranger when he was singing a solo. We decided to take the elevator back up and explored the gift shop, then we drove another two hours to a Russian Mennonite-owned restaurant called La Sierra Pizzeria in Seminole.

Following a delicious supper (paid for by Mennonite Evangelical Church), we sang “Happy Birthday” and “All Creatures of Our God and King” for Susie Peters’ dad. We then drove to the aforementioned church, where we would be giving a program in the morning. From that time until 9:00 we had rehearsal time, then our hosts picked us up.

Heidi King & Kristen Miller

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Written by Aaron

August 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm

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