Grendel leaves today, from school, for a five day trip to Maryland. He and his FIRST team are going to the Chesapeake Regional competition. He's been looking forward to this trip all year. I think the prospect of five days away from home with his friends was a major motivating factor in joining the FIRST team.
On Wednesday, they're going to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He's highly amused by the fact that there is a tropical rain forest on top of the aquarium. He doesn't see the connection.
On Thursday, they'll do a lot of set up and practice matches at the Naval Academy arena. Then, on Friday and Saturday they'll compete. They'll spend all day Sunday on the road coming home.
They're supposed to spend the bus ride(s) and Wednesday evening doing homework. They're supposed to get some actual sleep in the hotel. (Grendel says he's going to try to sleep since he's actually a key part of their competition team.)
I'm sure he'll have a great time. I'm very happy for him. We'll have a nice break from each other too. (I really hope he gets his school work done... *sigh*)