River Fun - My Family Travels
     My family and I have gone to the river several times of year every year since I can remember. On this particular year, it happened to be my sixteenth birthday. My mother considered this a special one and said I could invite a friend along.  I immediately knew that I wanted to invite my friend Lauren. As it turns out my friend she couldn’t have been more thrilled to come and all that was left to do was pack.
     On our way to the river with our boat and seadoo in tow, we just relaxed and talked while listening to our ipods. Finally, after six hours on our little trip we had arrived to the hotel. My friend and I were so jittery we could hardly contain our excitement for the river the following day. As morning came and we had our bathing suits, towels, and life vests ready to go we took the quiet five minute drive down to the loading docks. When my dad told me I could take the seadoo off alone with my friend, we were beyond elated! As I’m gliding through the glass water my dad cruises up next to us in the boat and asks us to look around to try and find a cove to set up camp. We happily oblige and set off most of the spots we look at are too rocky for the boat to pull into, so when we finally find a shallow smooth cove we decide this is the one.
     After a few hours in the water Lauren and I want to go have some fun on the seadoo, and as were putting on our life jackets, my mom always gives us the same lecture on being safe so when she pauses even for a second were out of there. I spot a little cove I ask Lauren if she wants to drive and even though she has a terrified look on her face she says yes. As soon as we start to go I realize this might have been a mistake so i wrap the saftey bracelet even tighter around my wrist and pray this doesn’t go badly. Were doing just fine as I’m teaching her the tricks like you need to lean the opposite way when your turning and just as I think she’s getting it we topple off the watercraft. I quickly come up for air as to make sure the seadoo stopped when we fell, because the bracelet is still on my hand and i am relieved that it is so I look around for Lauren. When I see she is fine I relax a little an concentrate on getting back up while not trying to hit any rocks.
     Once we both get safely back on, we decide it would be better that I drive back and as we do we are both hysterically laughing at ourselves. Back at camp my dad asks us if we wanted to go again and as Lauren and I try to stifle our laughter we shake our heads saying we just want to relax a little while. Being there all day got pretty exhausting and we decide to pack it in. As I drive Lauren and I back to the dock and were hitting all these huge waves we try to take it slow, because my mom is watching us like a hawk from the boat a hundred yards away. When we finally get back to the hotel everyone crashes before diner, and I realize I couldn’t have had a better birthday than this.


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