Heading to California

This is the first post of a series of posts documenting my travels to Guide Dogs for the Blind, where I spent two weeks training to receive a guide dog.

So, my day of travel was long, but I finally arrived at GDB (Guide Dogs for the Blind) To start training with my guide dog. After getting here, I had dinner, met a few people, and took a tour of this extremely nice campus. I can already tell that I’m going to love it here.

My day started with a 6:45 flight; everything was fine, with the exception that Greensboro airport ran out of coffee, so we had none on the flight. That was disappointing, but not the end of the world. About half an hour from our destination, we hit some really bad turbulence, which caused quite a few people to get sick. One of these people became sick enough where we had to make an emergency landing to get her to the EMS. We spent so long on the ground, I missed my next flight.
After getting to Texas, I found that I missed my flight by no more than eight moments, which was a pain since I had to then wait for the next flight, which was at 2:00 (about three and a half hours). I spent the time reading a book, and got to meet some really nice people when hunting for food. Finally, it was time to head to California.

When finally landing in San Francisco, I nearly had a heart attack since we initially couldn’t find my luggage. After searching around for it for about ten minutes, the GDB volunteer and I found it, and we headed off to the GDB campus.
Once I got to campus, I found that this place would put a five star hotel to shame; the bedrooms are luxurious, and the food is out of this world. The service is so specialized that the head chef came out during dinner to ask us what kinds of foods we like (so he knows what to cook us), and how we like it (spicy or not, etc). I can already foresee food becoming a big problem here, since there’s so much of it, and it’s so high quality.

After dinner, all of the students met with some of the staff to get a better idea of what to expect over the next few days, and then I was given a tour of the building. I do have to say that this building has everything from a gym to a room designed for you to give your dog a bath. As I type this, I am sitting on the patio just off my bedroom, enjoying the cool California air.

Even though it’s not that late over here, I’m feeling tired since I’m still on east coast time, and I spent most of the day traveling. I’m going to head to bed in a bit; I’m trying to stay up as late as possible so I can get use to the time change. Tomorrow, we start to learn some routes that we will use for training, and get to meet our dogs!

Sean