This past summer i recently took a trip to California with three of my best friends and one of my teachers from school. We were going on a trip for FCCLA, little did we know we were in for a ride. We got to Anaheim on July 9 and we were so excited.
Here we were, four country girls from a very small town in Tennessee in California! No one from our town had ever been here, so it was definitly an exciting moment for us. The next day we took a cab down to Hollywood. As soon as we got out we were standing on Hollywood Blvd.
As were walking down the sidewalk, our teacher all the sudden starts yelling at us for no reason. She tells us we didn’t want anything to do with her, that we didn’t want her here with us, and we could just go do our own thing. We were all in shock, we didn’t understand.
What had we left her out of? She just walked away from us and we all starting talking about what we were going to do about it. We started to look for where she went and finally found her in a pizza shop. All four of us apologized to her.
We didn’t want her to think we were leaving her out of this experience, but we wanted to sight see and shop. We also didn’t want her to think we were rude like she told us we were. Her response was, ‘I accept your apology, but you can just go do your own thing.’
Well, we went on and tried to forget about it but it was just so confusing. Now, here we were four 17-year-old girls walking around California by ourselves. Dangerous? I do believe so. After a while we decided not to worry about, we were going to make this the best experience we could. That night we got free tickets to go to the ESPY awards and watch the star athletes walk down the red carpet.
Also that night we all called our parents and told them what happened. They couldn’t believe it. They told us just to stay together and be wise in our decision making. The next day she told us to check in with her every hour to tell her where we were. We went to Downtown Disney and shopped and ate at the ESPN ZONE. We were having the time of our lives, at least for the summer.
The next day it was just, ‘check in every couple of hours.’ That would be the day we went to Disneyland and watched the parade. We also rode all the rides and that night watched the firework and water shows that were incredible.
We left the park that night around one o’clock in the morining and went to eat at IHOP then walked the streets. This is pretty much a typical night since we had no chaperone and no cerfew when to be in our room.
The final day we were there was a shocker to us. We were going to Laguna Beach about an hour and a half away and she told us we didn’t have to check in at all. Finally, the morning came we were to go home. We all got on the plane and just anxiously awaited to get back to our home in Tennessee. Although she basically deserted us in California we decided we weren’t going to let that hinder our fun and memories of it.
We learned alot about being on our own and learning to live with what is thrown at you and how we would react to certain things. Yes, it was a big possibility that something could have gone wrong. What if one of us would have gotten hurt or even kidnapped? What we would have done then? All this went through our heads but we didn’t let that stop us. All in all i would say we had a blast, but it was a big learning experience in our lives, and it is one trip i will never forget.
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