For as long as I could remember my dad has taken my family and I on a vacation. Each summer brings something new and exciting as he takes us on a new adventure. Because of my dad I have been able to many places such as The Golden Gate Bridge and Mt. Rushmore. Traveling is something my family loves and helps us bond closer together. My family doesn’t have a lot of money; so we always drive and stay at inexpensive motels. Last June my dad took us to Nauvoo Illinois; it is a place that is very important to my ancestry and religion (LDS).
My journey started in Northern Utah and over the course of three days my family would drive to Nauvoo Illinois. The first day was spent in the car for nearly twelve hours with three other siblings. During these long drives we would find ways to entertain ourselves. Much time was spent playing the Nintendo DS or listening to our i-pods. We would also draw, do madlibs, or play games such as, I spy.
On travel days we would eat at fast food places or family restaurants such as Denny’s. For the most part we would have picnics. One tradition we do on every vacation is to eat at some quaint family owned restaurant. This year was a place called McFreeze. They serve delicious sandwiches and great ice-cream. They make the ice-cream in front of you!
In Nauvoo we stayed at place called Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites. It is a great place to stay. The inn had a large pool and hot tub. There was also a restaurant and gift shop. Our room had a kitchenette, which allowed us to make some nice breakfasts and dinners.
Old Nauvoo is a great place for anyone to visit. Most of the attractions are free including plays, concerts, and carriage rides. My family had a fun time visiting all the historic buildings and attending plays. We were also able to visit with my grandparents who are serving a mission for the LDS church.
The family living center is a must see place. There the missionaries showed us how many things were done in the pioneer days. I had the unique opportunity to help make some rope. The bakery, and the brickyard, are also favorites. At the bakery everyone is given a homemade gingerbread cookie. At the brickyard every family is given handmade brick that had a beautiful stamp of the Nauvoo temple.
After spending a few days in Nauvoo, my family spent four days in Nauvoo we traveled to Missouri to tour more church sites and to visit with some relatives who live there. On the way I went to Carthage Jail. This place is where the founder of my church was martyred. I felt overwhelming gratitude for the prophet Joseph Smith there.
St. Louis was my next stop. I was able to go up to the top of the gateway arch; the view was incredible. During that time the Mississippi had flooded and my family and I played in a flooded street. After leaving St. Louis I was able to visit with my aunt and uncle and meet their grandkids. My uncle spent a few days with my family touring some church sites in Missouri.
This family vacation will be a very memorable one. I was able to learn more about my own religion, and other religions as we visited different churches. I felt closer to my family and my ancestors. Family vacations are a great bonding experience and can be done by anyone.
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