The first trip I ever been on without parents was to Florida. Although there were no parents, there were still teachers and phones (for parents to call). The school was hosting a biology trip called World Stride which involved other schools from around the country. The purpose was to help us understand more about biology and it was the first year the school has ever done something like this. We left at 4 in the morning from LAX and our first pit stop was to Texas. Getting on the plane, I expected that everyone would sit with each other. Unfortunately, I was wrong and ended up sitting next to two big guys, which neither of them wanted to switch seats with me. My friends sat behind me and teased me throughout the plane ride. Another unfortunate event happened before takeoff. I knew that I can last through this squishy ride to Texas and it’ll be all over soon. Well, instead, the plane had technical difficulties leaving me on the plane stuck between these men for over 30 minutes.
Hours and minutes passed and we finally arrived in Florida. It was my first time being in the east coast of America. All that I can remember was the many hotels we switched during the trip. Every time my roommates and I would leave one by one out of our room thinking the previous person who left had a room key. Sadly, we had been locked out of our rooms plenty of times that counting became an issue. The front desk must’ve known us so well after all those trips we went down stairs to get a new key. On our first day all the students of each school stuck to their groups. Eventually the next day, we met new people and sooner than later we all became great friends. We still talk to them today. There were many jokes made and secret inside jokes created during that one week. On the trip, we went to many different parts of Florida. We went to the beach, lakes, Deep Ocean, aquariums, etc. The trip was fun and fantastic but there were also some learning experiences from it. We learned the layers of the sand, what floats and how, measurements of ground level, chemical formulas, plants, and so much more. We carried around a workbook to record any measurements or observations. We all helped each other out with misunderstandings and played games and competitions to make things more fun.
The most terrific thing on that trip to Florida was the dolphin ride. It was always one of my dreams to do it and it was so amazing and made the whole trip remarkable. I remember that moment so well. Getting into the wet suits and putting on the shoes were quite difficult. When I first went into the water, the coldness shivered throughout my whole body, but the excitement overcame the cold. I smiled as a casually walked into the water. The dolphins were all different sizes and I remember I had the baby of them all to ride. The trainers taught us some of the tricks they knew and taught us about the background of each dolphin. There were photographers taking our pictures with the dolphins. Unfortunately I had no money, but my memories are better to reminisce on.
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