The Vacation That Changed My Life - My Family Travels
            Wow! I will never forget my family’s summer vacation two years ago. After long debate about not wanting to return to our usual vacationing location, my dad decided our destination to be Colorado. I remember my first thought was, “Huh, Colorado, why in the world would we go there?” I later realized that while on vacation, my brother, Dylan, would be competing in a golf tournament. My dad promised me, my mom, and Dylan that Colorado would be a memorable site, and he was not joking.
            When thinking back to our vacation, the first memory that overtakes my mind is the scenery. Never before had I seen such amazing snowcapped mountains. Some even climbed all the way through the clouds! Being summer, the tree line was clearly visible. Also, I enjoyed scanning the mountains looking for locations of abandoned ski slopes and sites of avalanches triggered in the past winter. In addition, trying to spot wildlife in the abundant forests was sometimes difficult. Nature certainly did their part with giving the numerous species in Colorado many adaptations to blending in. Despite these defenses, I managed to see elk, big horned sheep, caribou, coyote, mule deer, and even a badger. The only disappointment that came from Colorado’s nature was I failed to see one of those garbage eating menaces, otherwise known as a bear.
            Believe it or not, the scenery is not the only aspect of Colorado that I remember. The atmosphere provided what I thought was a very peaceful song. This song was composed of elk bugling late at night, aspen leaves whisking as the breeze blows, and the sound of sleet hitting our windshield in the midst of July. Many people wouldn’t think of sleet hitting glass as peaceful, but somehow that sound was just simply music to my ears.
            Another memory of the mountain’s setting was the temperature. Being July, I almost didn’t listen to my dad to pack jackets and hooded sweatshirts. Luckily, I did! I absolutely couldn’t believe how chilly the air became as our small rented van emerged up the mountain. The only part of climbing and descending through the mountains that I found to be rather disturbing was how many times my ears “popped”. The atmosphere of the Rocky Mountains definitely stands out in the many memories of that one week summer vacation.
            While in Colorado, we interacted with the mountains every day. My favorite event was when we went horseback riding! The trail was beautiful, and we even galloped through a valley. We also went four wheeling in the mountains, and Dylan golfed for three days. The course was at the Air Force Academy, where we visited the gorgeous church with many various bright colors.
            Throughout the entire trip, I was thinking, “Man! I would do anything to live here!” I even dreamed one night that I was returning to my gorgeous brick and stone house in the mountains after going for a brief ride on my horse. I told my mom and she said, “Dyan, you are free to do whatever you wish. Don’t stay in Harrison if you don’t want to.” I found this very encouraging.
            While on this absolutely awesome vacation, I learned significant information. I realized that there are even better places than ones with white beaches and warm sun. I decided that I don’t want to spend my entire life in Harrison. Overall, I found Colorado to be peaceful compared to other “booming” cities with the latest technology. I can’t wait to go back and explore even more of this magnificent landscape!

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