Following Flynt - Wheels Down in OrlaNDo

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Just two days before Christmas, it was in the 30's and overcast in South Bend - pretty standard for this time of year. I might even say that seems warm for what I've grown accustomed to over the last four years and previous 18 living in upstate New York. But then came the magic of the airplane. Three hours and 1,100 miles later, we arrived in Orlando, greeted by sunshine and mid-80's. (The photo above doesn't quite do the weather justice. That was actually taken from inside the tinted windows of our bus at the airport.)

Flying on a charter flight for the first time was quite an experience - Movies, food, in-flight Internet and more food. Now I understand why people say, "Once you've flown on a charter flight, you won't want to go back to commercial."

We arrived at the team hotel just after 4:00 pm. With over 1,500 rooms, and seemingly dozens of conference rooms and dining areas, it feels more like a small city than a hotel. Shortly after we arrived, our UND.com video crew spoke briefly with Coach Kelly, who joked that moving a team of 105 players to Orlando was easier than traveling with his three children.

A few players traveled on the South Bend charter this afternoon, but most will arrive on Christmas Eve from their home airports. There will be a team meeting in the afternoon, before the first bowl practice in Orlando and a trip to Sea World tomorrow night.

The excitement has only just begun here in Orlando. We'll have plenty of other updates coming throughout the week right here on Irish UNDerground, at UND.com and on the football Facebook page.

It's beginning to look a lot like bowl season.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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