I have been to Florida many times for family vacations. Every time my family visits we have a wonderful time and we stay busy with fun activities. This summer’s trip to Florida stood out to me the most.
In the beginning, everything was fun. I had a great time staying in an extravagant resort called Orange Lake. Orange Lake had the most beautiful scenery. The grass was luscious green and almost looked unreal. The pool waters were blue and very cold. At the resort, they had animals such as raccoons, fish, many different types of birds, opossums, snakes, and armadillos. There were many things to do at Orange Lake. They had restaurants on site, golf, teen clubs, party rooms, and game arcades.
After our weeklong family vacation, it was time for us to make our journey back home. Unfortunately, I was not going back home with my family. Instead, I was being shipped to a different part of Florida to spend some time with the other members of my family. By now most people were probably thinking, “What is the big deal? You said you had fun.”
I was sent to the part of Florida where the lizards and insects run freely and there was sweltering heat. I stayed at my great grandmother’s house with my grandma. There was no air conditioning, a maximum of about five television channels, and the biggest one of them all was that I was left with no cell phone.
I spent the majority of my days trying to get a signal on TNT so I could watch the only show that was worth watching, which was “Bones”. Some of my days were spent reading books like Twilight, My Sisters Keeper, and a series of Night World books. To top off the whole summer I had a World Literature Honors Summer Reading Project. For this project I had to read two books off of a selected list. I chose to read Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich and Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. The rest of my days were spent drawing and painting pictures on canvases. Although all of the pictures came out great, that was not how I envisioned my summer before eleventh grade.
All in all, this trip taught me an important lesson. People should appreciate everything they have, even the little things such as air conditioning. Other people may not have what you have and probably are wishing they had all the great opportunities that I have.
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