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             Who doesn’t love a good family vacation? Especially if the vacation takes you to another country! My family decided to spend our 2007 Christmas… IN MEXICO! Well, kind of. My grandparents own a house in Arizona, but Mexico is only forty-five minutes away. Our 2007 vacation was definitely amazing, but it wasn’t just amazing because we drove away from the snow. There are two reasons as to why last year’s vacation was the best: revisiting history in Arizona and buying memories in Mexico. But like all trips, we couldn’t just appear in Arizona. We had to deal with the drive.

I usually enjoy car rides, but driving from northeastern Nebraska to southern Arizona is stretching my patience. Fortunately, the drive only took two days with just a few stops. And finally I could start having fun with my grandparents. Now, on most vacations, my family usually spend time at all the city’s main attractions, but in Green Valley, Arizona… golf courses are the main attractions. Luckily my grandma was prepared. She had picked up several tourist guides for Arizona. Although my older brother would have been content watching TV while the rest of us played cards and other games, as a family, we decided to visit some historic sites. After a night of card games, we woke up early in order to drive to Tombstone, Arizona. This was the most exciting part of the vacation for me. To walk on Allen Street just like Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp was the most incredible feeling ever. I took a walk in history when I toured the Birdcage Theater, too. The following day in Arizona gave Tombstone a run for its money, though. Then next day took us to Old Tuscan Studios where we saw many ten-minute performances, mostly comedic, that displayed the old west days. It was very fascinating to learn about the movies and TV shows filmed at Old Tuscan Studios.

Possibly more fascinating was visiting Mexico. It was amazing to see so many houses built almost on top of one another with billboards on the roofs, but the hills up to the houses were very, very steep, and the packed streets didn’t help either. Cars actually backed into one another to get enough room to pull away from the curbs. It was evident that the Mexicans worked hard for their money, though. Everywhere I looked, there were store-owners advertising their products. Even young children walked around the streets holding boxes of candy for sale. With people everywhere I was finally ready to buy souvenirs. I bought a lot of small trinkets before having to stand in line to go back across the border. Luckily, I have fair skin, and the border patrol didn’t look at my driver’s license for longer than a second. Once I was in the car again, I felt exhausted having walked all over Nogales, Mexico. Although I knew we had a few more places to stop in Arizona, like Tubac, Tumacácori, Madera Canyon, and the Grand Canyon, I was ready to head home. 

We arrived home on New Year’s Eve and I couldn’t possibly think of a better way to welcome in the New Year than by reminiscing. The second I came home, I downloaded all of my vacation pictures on to our computer and relived the whole trip again. Among the comical family time and the crowded shopping, with breathtaking views mixed in, there is no way I can pick just one favorite day of my 2007 family vacation. The amazing places I visited definitely make up for the long, boring car ride.

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