We hung out for a few hours, until it poured, and I mean poured rain.
We headed inside to eat snacks and watch different challenges.
Addy found a team from Turkey who he chatted with for a bit. That was pretty neat. The rain let up so we headed downtown to grab a bite. By the way, we LOVE Knoxville. It is such a beautiful city with an easy laid back vibe, and there are so many dogs everywhere! Anyway, we hit an awesome spot where I had the best juice ever, and Marlin chilled out for a while at a bookstore.
We needed to head back to the stadium, as that night was opening ceremony. This was quite the event! I have not been to a crowded loud concert arena in years. Remind me to invest in nice noise reduction earphones for all of us before we go to something similar again. It was super loud! It started off with some of the kids from the team parading out to represent their team and the state of Connecticut in front of 20,000 people. We were only allowed to have 4 kids from our team to March ( Think Deligates) So Kaya decided to hang back with us. We could not find where we needed to be, so we found a stadium staff to help us, and he took us backstage through out the halls that hide behind the scenes.
It was an adventure!
We successfully made it to our seats, and watched those kids of ours walking out proud and tall.
I did not have a lens to zoom in to see them, I will cross post when and if those are out there. Then it got very boring for an long, L O N G time. With all the Thank you's, and guest speakers, and a talk on brains? But then it delivered with a cool song mash-up, laser lights, and pyrotechnics.
I think the kids were excited and in awe, all while covering their ears.
Oh, their poor little cilia's!
I guess I will start looking for good deal on those head phones…
It was pretty cool!
At least it was in the beginning, and the end…
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