Denver Scavenger Hunt Winners :)

Trip Start Jul 09, 2009
Trip End Dec 12, 2009

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hello everyone!

Today was a wonderful day! After a morning of blocking and staging (and some awesome yoga!) the cast went on a field trip to the Denver Environmental Protection Agency. However, before we could arrive, we had to go on a scavenger hunt around Denver! We were given a list of questions to answers and certain pictures to take. Our team was literally done in 30 minutes because most of the team had the internet on their phones and...that's how we answered our questions. I'm not sure if that constitutes as cheating but there were no rules except to complete the worksheet and go to the EPA office on time. As far as I know we accomplished that goal faster than any group.

Thus, I declared my group the winning group :) I'll let you know for sure though!

Denver's Environmental Protection Agency is an amazing building and is located at the heart of downtown Denver. It is made out of more than 75% recycled materials such as cork, rubber, tires, plastic, and pop cans! Obviously, as an EPA building, it is energy efficient but it was so interesting to hear just how efficient it was! For example, the EPA building has a green roof (plants are grown on the roof of each level of the building) and the rest of the roof is white (which reflects the sunlight). The effects are amazing. Because the plants absorb the heat and the rest of the sunlight is reflected off of the white roof, the temperature of the EPA roof is over 60 degrees cooler on average compared to other building with a dark roof. This makes a huge difference because Denver is about two miles closer to the sun when compared to other cities. The average temperature of the EPA roof was about 80 degrees. On the rooftops of other buildings, the temperature can climb as hight as 140 degrees! Because the results are so staggering, some cities are requiring new business developments to have a green roof. Toronto was the first North American city to pass this law.

After the tour we headed back to the rehearsal hall and continued with some movement. I played with the band for a while (my piano skills are getting better!) and was called into a voice workshop for a song called "De Que Color Es La Piel De Dios?" (What Color is God's Skin)?. Myself and 2 others girls will be singing this song at our concerts. We will rotate each show so that each soloist has a chance to sing. I'm so excited to have received a solo! I have a few more songs to work on and hope to get one of those solos as well!

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day consisting of singing and dancing (my favorite!) However, before I sign off, I wanted to leave you with some great sayings. When I wake up each morning, I savor a Dove milk chocolate piece as I think about what I have to do each day. Then I try to incorporate the sayings on the wrapper into my daily activities. Here are some great sayings for all of you. Have a wonderful weekend :)

-Create peace for yourself.
-Close out the world for just a moment.
-Bring your life to life: stop planning, start doing.
-Make a pledge to get 8 hours of shut eye (this one is difficult as the motto of UWP is "Sleep Later"!)

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