I never realized how much I enjoyed being with my family until we went on a family trip to Red River, New Mexico. Our trip was from December 29th 2007 to January 2nd 2008. Everyone on my father’s immediate side of the family joined us. It is hard to get 29 people to go on an out of state trip, but somehow we managed to make it happen and had a great family experience.
The morning of our first day in Red River seemed perfect outside. The untouched snow was waiting for us. We dressed in our snow gear and as soon as we stepped outside we realized that prefect day was very cold. We played outside for a short time and then headed to the ski lodge were we met the other Murphy’s. That morning most everyone went skiing, snowboarding, or took lessons.
I took snowboarding lessons along with my cousins Erin, and Jake. After lunch we were ready to hit the slopes. We played on the mountain and later that afternoon most of our family gathered to race each other during 4 o’clock tubing down the mountain. Tubing does not matter how old you are, it’s a blast for all ages.
The next morning several of my uncles, cousins, and I rode the ski lift to the top of the tallest mountain. The view was breathtaking. The more experienced skiers went quickly down the black (hard) trails. Erin and I were novices to snowboarding. We took our time to get to the bottom and made a downhill run of memories along the way.
That night the entire Murphy clan celebrated New Year’s Eve. We played games, watched TV, and caught up with each other. At midnight we watched as the fireworks were launched from the top of the mountain. To our amazement skiers came down the mountain in a zigzag pattern holding lit torches as the fireworks lit the night sky overhead. This New Year’s Eve was something special to remember.
The next day was our last full day in Red River. My parents wanted to take us snowmobiling; who would say no to that? As our trip was coming to an end, I tried to turn a sharp turn too fast. My snowmobile went straight downhill barely stopping at a tree. I remember almost crying because I was stuck in at least two feet of snow and looking down was so terrifying. Even though I had a spill, snowmobiling was full of excitement, fun, and had awesome views.
Later everyone came to our condo for dinner. While I was outside playing with my cousins I noticed shadows of a wolf figure seemed to be running towards us. All my cousins and I were scared. Erin and I started picking up the little ones and telling everyone to go inside when all the sudden it jumped on me! I screamed! I didn’t know what had happened. Then my little cousin, Caroline, started laughing, pointing and saying “dog!” We all laughed because what we thought was evil had to be the sweetest dog ever.
The morning came fast and we had to say goodbye to the place that made me realize my family isn’t bad at all. My family is actually everything I ever wanted my family to be. If we had not gone on this trip I don’t know if I would have realized how much I love and need my family in my life. It is ironic how you can travel so far to find what you had was perfect where you were.
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