My brother didn’t ask for a skateboard for his 19th birthday like I thought he would, instead, he asked for a family road trip. I’ll never know what possessed a college freshman to feel the need to be trapped in car with his younger sister and borderline crazy mother on his first spring break away from home, but he asked for it and we gave it to him. So we took out a map and found a route that would take us as far east as we could go, and be back, in time for school to start again. By the time we left my mother and I were already fighting, our back seat piled high with blankets, pillows, and suit cases.
Leaving from in the evening from Fresno, California we found ourselves, VERY early the next morning at Lake Havasu, AZ, to see the London Bridge. I was still recovering from being woken up at an ungodly hour when the fresh air of Arizona hit my face. In front of me was a foggy lake and above it a beautiful brick bridge surrounded by a make shift London village. My mother had taken it upon herself to research the bridge before we arrived and shared with us what seemed like an endless amount of facts before we headed back towards the car to continue on our trip towards the Grand Canyon.
I wasn’t sure what I was more excited about when we finally got there, the bathroom or the canyon. As we walked down the canyon trail all anyone could say for a good five minutes was very forms of “wow”. That is until my brother read that more men fall into the canyon then women because men try to pee into the canyon and from there I laughed all the way till New Mexico.
New Mexico took us to Oklahoma where we received a parking ticket for spending half a day in the Oklahoma National City Memorial Museum. The museum was almost moving as the Grand Canyon, my mother cried and my brother and I left a lanyard on the memorial fence. From there we spent time with a family and went on walks on through the surprisingly beautiful countryside, went bowling in the nearby town and spent time eating and enjoying each other’s company.
Our next stop was Texas where we took a tour of the Alamo, walked along the Riverwalk and visited our great uncle who works an acorn farm. From there our trip took us to Louisiana, my favorite place, sadly, we were there at a very inopportune time, but all the same we managed to try fried alligator (tastes like chicken), eat donuts at a cafÃ© in Baton Rouge, play in the Mississippi and visit the capitol building. Next on our list was Missouri, here we had to opportunity to tour a Victorian Mansion, meet with local “ghost hunter”, go to the top of the arch in St. Louisiana. Last, but not least, we stopped in Colorado to see the capitol bank in Denver. From here, we started our journey home towards California.
I always thought you had to go out of the country to really “travel”, but on this trip I discovered that we have a whole country of unique and amazing sights. I loved being able to spend time with my family, even if it was in a car for ten days, we fought a lot and I was glad when we finally got home, but it was hands-down my favorite vacation and something I know none of us will ever forget.
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