I’d love to be able to tell you the story of some exotic travels I’ve had and how I’ve traveled all over Europe or how I’ve done charity work in India, but unfortunately that is not the case. I haven’t had to chance to travel much in my life. I’ve been on few family vacations, but I know the one I went on this past summer I will never forget.
After not going on a family vacation for years, my parents decided we needed one last trip before I left for college. My family, which consisted of my parents, younger sister and brother and me, started off our trip in Boone, North Carolina. Boone is located in the eastern part of the state in the mountains. Trying to be economically smart, we decided to stay at a local campground instead of a hotel. For anyone who has ever shared a small cabin with your family, you know well it’s no picnic. When I wasn’t dealing with my sibling’s sleep talking in the middle of the night or having to listen to the Jonas Brothers excessively, I got a chance to get out and enjoy my beautiful surroundings. Taking lots of hikes in the Appalachian Mountains and climbing up local water falls really did something for my soul. I obtained this sort of inner peace when I was in the mountains that I had rarely found in my every day life.
After a few days in Boone, we started our trek across the state, finally reaching our final destination of Wilmington. Now, I must confess, Wilmington was not a random choice of destination. Nor was I excited to visit the city because of its close proximity to the beach. Wilmington is known as “Wilmywood” or “Hollywood East” because it films many movies and television shows there. As much as this may discredit my credibility as a smart, mature and sensible young adult, I have to admit my love for the teen soaps Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. It is not even the drama that has swept me away in both these shows; it’s the characters and being able to dream their dreams with them. Both of these shows were filmed in Wilmington.
We splurged and got a hotel room in Wilmington. We stayed at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, which is right on the beautiful Cape Fear River. Wilmington has also been the filming place for favorites such as The Andy Griffith Show, A Walk to Remember and The Secret Life of Bees. It’s amazing just walking around this town, seeing familiar places all around you, even though you’ve never been there before. As cheesy as it may seem, standing places where my favorite characters have stood and being places that I have seen on TV thousands of time is the most amazing feeling.
I know the memories I made in Wilmington will stay with me forever. Whether it was standing on the steps used for the opening segment of The Andy Griffith Show, standing in the alley where Jamie tells Landon she’s dying from leukemia in A Walk to Remember, standing on the famous creek from Dawson’s Creek or playing basketball on the river court made famous on One Tree Hill.
I know my travels aren’t exotic or unique, but they have played a part in shaping the person I am becoming. I hope to someday travel to world, see Greece and teach middle school in inner-city Los Angeles. For now, I am content with my trip to North Carolina and those special memories I made there.
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