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Fall Retreat - Junior Trudie du Toit and Freshman Lana Buttner
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 - 10:00 a.m.

Hello to our Duck fans! 

This is a shout out from Trudie du Toit and freshmen Lana Buttner. After a tough week of practice it was finally time to head to the Oregon coast for our fall team retreat! We left Eugene on Thursday afternoon with two vans, two great coaches and eight extremely excited girls.

After a quick two and a half hour drive, we arrived at Devils Lake camping ground. After helping with the coaches' tents (since us girls had yurts), we enjoyed a lovely dinner around the fire (hot dogs for dinner and s’mores for dessert).

The next morning, we took a beautiful hike on the Oregon coast. Back at the campsite, we had lunch, drank hot chocolate and spent some quality time with the team. Next, a short drive to the beach! Paul tried to show us girls a thing or two by joining us in some sprints on the beach and that always motivates us to work a little harder. Our last adventure on the beach included the bravest of the brave on our team as we decided to take a little plunge into the icy cold Pacific Ocean.  It was rather ideal since we got in both a workout and an ice bath on the beach! A hot shower back at the camp was appreciated after our dip in the ocean, followed by a Pictionary battle around the campfire after dinner.

On our way back to Eugene on Saturday morning, we made several stops along the coast including a short stop at the Sea Lion Caves. However, the caves were not open since the sea lions were not in the caves, but frolicking in the ocean in plain sight instead!  Eugene welcomed us back with warm weather and a football victory. After a wonderful weekend with the women and coaches, we are more than ready to make some noise at our first tournament coming up this weekend at Air Force. We know we speak for everyone in saying that this year is going to be a great one and we cannot wait for competition to begin!
Keep Believing and Go Ducks!

Trudie and Lana

Some of our pictures below:

Taking a break from our hike!

Setting up camp!

Working out at the beach!