It was a cold and chilly morning on January 2, 2010. It was the start of the new-year and I was up at three in the morning headed toward Modesto, CA. My family arranged a weekend to go to Las Vegas, so that my grandmother could see her daughter. It was my father, my mother, my two cousins Jenifer, and Jaritza, my aunt Carmen, my grandmother, and I. Hold on; I’m getting ahead of myself. I woke up at three and got dressed, all while I was half asleep. I grabbed my blanket and a pillow, my back pack and got in the car. My parents finished putting the things in the car. I was extremely cold and sleepy, but I was ready to go to Vegas. My parent had finally gotten into the car. Finally we were headed to Modesto to get the rest of the family. Since my parents and I live in Stockton and aunt, cousins, and grandmother live in Modesto, my father had to drive to Modesto to meet up with the rest of the family for the trip. Seeing as my parents don’t own a van of any kind we took my aunt’s van to Las Vegas.
Once we arrived in Modesto, I stayed in the car, I was freezing. It was early and the sun wasn’t even out. My parents helped my aunt pack the van, including the stuff that we had brought from home. I we took about two hours to get into the van. I was stuck in the back with my other cousins. I had absolutely no leg room. NO LEG ROOM; I’m a tall person; I need my leg room. We were finally on our way. I wanted to sleep, but my cousins wanted to watch Twilight. I hadn’t seen it, so I thought that I would give it a chance since the light of the movie was going to bother me anyways. I tried to watch the movie in all seriousness, but I couldn’t. That movie made me laugh. I tried so hard not to laugh; I didn’t want to offend my cousins who were Twilight fans. I was finally saved when the battery of my cousin’s laptop died. “Finally I can get some sleep.” For the next few hours I slept. Every now and then I would wake up needing to go to the bathroom. The drive there was excruciatingly long…10 hour drive to Las Vegas.
When we finally arrived, we stayed at the Stratosphere Hotel. At the end of the Vegas Strip; all the good stores were on the other side. The Strip is a long street lined with hotels, casinos, stores, and the occasional fast food place. The first floor of the Stratosphere smelled of a heavy cigar smoke. I practically ran to the elevator so I could get to the 12th floor to my room. My parents and I took the van all the way to the other side of the strip to do some site seeing. The lights were magnificent like bright shining stars on a clear night. We didn’t buy anything at the stores; I thought that everything was overpriced. The next day we left to visit my aunt for breakfast. We left my aunt’s house and did some more shopping on the Strip. My cousins were so happy like a child at a candy store full of M&M’s. Once we were done shopping we headed for home on the dreaded 10 hour drive home.
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