The Adventures of Colorado - My Family Travels

Slowly, I pulled myself up the steps that seemed a mile high. I’m so far up in the sky that there is barely any oxygen for me to breathe. The wind was strong, and the rain was cold. All I was wearing was shorts, and a bright red raincoat. I looked up, and I saw the top, and I was not far away. I was on the side of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. It was then that it hit me, that I was in the most beautiful place in the world.

     We all stood in awe looking at our surroundings; snowcapped mountain tops, miles of unending hills and slopes, and vegetation that has been growing for thousands of years on the lower sides of the mountains next to us. The hundreds of steps we climbed, breathless, was all worth now. My dad and I exchanged smiles, and all we could say was, “wow.” I never wanted to leave this place, a paradise some might say. The silent wind was playing with my hair, and the mist of the clouds was numbing my skin. We embraced the moments we could, and I will never forget them.

     Our trip wasn’t over. We still had to go whitewater rafting! “No way am I doing that!” My sister and I chanted. Realization hit us when we were loaded in a rubber raft wearing wet suits, and our teeth hurt from chattering for so long. We pushed offshore with our paddles, and away we went. We curved, and splashed all over the Colorado River. The beginner’s course was too shallow to ride, so instead, we were put onto the advanced course! Luck? No.

     “There’s a fifteen foot waterfall coming up! You are to do only as I say, and you will do it! You listen, you do, and you survive!” Our rafting Director Shaun yelled to us. My heart starting racing and my life flashed before my eyes. I have never had so much fun in my life. Our raft flipped over after that waterfall, we all had a couple of laughs, climbed back into the raft, and continued our way down the advanced course of the Colorado River.

    The summer of 2008 is when I went with my family, and it was the most eventful vacation of my life. I learned not to take the beauty of the world for granted, because not much of that beauty is left. That trip also made me break out of my shell, and do something crazy! It really was a team effort on that rafting trip, and I think we all did a fantastic job on that course. My trip to Colorado was a story I will tell my children about; the intense adrenaline rushes you get as your fighting the waters of the Colorado River, and the struggle of breath you get when you’re climbing the side of a mountain overlooking the most beautiful place on this planet. The best thing of it all is that you get to share all those feelings with the people you love the most.

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