There’s three rows of Flames sitting in the back of Delta Flight 2354 departing LAX at 10:40 pm on July 1, 2012, en route to Atlanta, Georgia. The plane engine roars, the wings grind to awakeness, and the steel bird leaves Gate 68B. She reaches the strip and immediately thrusts in speed.
A Flames arm and fist rise into the dark cabin air. Another joins. Then another. Touching. All of them. High. Then, quietly, One, two, three, Flames is chanted. And they’re off. Into the Los Angeles night air. United. To conquer their world.
Our AYSO Nationals dream has begun!!!
We landed in Atlanta at 6:00 am on Monday and took off in our four-van caravan for Tennessee. It was a beautiful four-hour drive with stops at KC’s Corner Restaurant, the Tennessee State Line, and Sonic Burgers. The old-boned countryside was historic and gorgeous. And gas was really, really cheap.
Flames filled their afternoon with swimming pyramids and bellyflops, Mexican food for dinner, and topped off this beginning adventure with the most crazy lightning, thunder, and rainstorm these Cali boys have ever seen.
Team Check-in and Opening Ceremonies are planned for Tuesday!!