The boys finally had enough.
For about four days, posters of teen heartthrobs Justin Bieber, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson hung on the tour bus, courtesy of the 8th grade girls. The 8th grade boys vowed revenge and in the end, made sure they had the final say.
National Tour Choir entered the bus in Evanston Wyoming, ready to travel the final leg home, and came upon those same posters…just…altered. You can see some of the damage in the slideshow. The boys (helped along by Mr. Branam and Mr. Koriath) were quite proud of themselves.
With new decorations on the bus, we made our way through snow and rain in Wyoming, and even stopped in Wamsutter: population 68, according to the sign.
Our final food stop came at the Pizza Hut in Laramie. Mrs. DeSantis said to eat fast, so we could get back on the road. No problem. We made quick work of that place and headed back to the bus.
After driving through snow and cold weather, we saw a sign that warmed our hearts.
Interstate 25: Denver.
The state line of Colorado came shortly afterwards, which meant it was time to give a loud cheer, as we always do when we cross into a new state: this time, not surprisingly, was louder than all the rest. If you are keeping score at home, we passed through six other states besides Colorado. Not bad for 12 days.
After the raucous applause for crossing into our home state, the kids sang the “Colorado Song” one last time.
Making it to the border meant there was about 90 minutes left on the tour, so we took care of some business. The kids passed their tour journals to each person and made sure that every National Tour Choir member signed on the back two pages. For any of the 8th graders or boys who are voicing out, they had a chance to tell everyone where they are going to school next year, and what activities they’ll be involved in. Tennis, cello, soccer, choir, marching band…these kids can do it all!
It wasn’t long after our business was done that we were coming up on familiar ground. When Mrs. DeSantis wants to point something out to the kids on tour, she uses the clock so they know where to look. For example, in Washington, she came over the microphone at the front of the bus and said, “Major beauty at 3:00!” when we passed stunning scenery (which was often in Washington).
This time, she took the microphone and said, “Downtown Denver at 9:00!”
That also got a pretty loud cheer.
We were home.
The slideshow below includes more photos from the last concert, along with photos of our trip home Sunday. It also includes the many new family members the kids are brought home, courtesy of the World Center for Birds of Prey.
We’ll be posting a final tour post on Monday, but keep coming back to the blog for more info on upcoming concerts and other Colorado Children’s Chorale activities. The Chorale Connection sincerely hopes you have enjoyed our take on the tour journey!