Some families travel to theme parks for vacations, others to national landmarks and some like my family travel to the parent’s almamater. My parents both graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham several years ago. Unfortunately they are under the impression everyone should attend college at Western even if we don’t want to.
In 2007 my cousin started to tour colleges and think about what college to go to. So my parents decided to take her on vacation with us and give her a personal tour of Western’s campus and the town of Bellingham, Washington. Unfortunately something came up and my cousin was no longer able to go on vacation with us. So instead of ditching the trip all together my parents decide that we were going to go any way, but just take lots of pictures and create a video to send to my cousin. My mom got this idea to take my cousins school picture and attached it to a paint stir stick, like a puppet. It was like my cousin was there with us touring and seeing everything.
Every where we went we went we took pictures with the puppet so my cousin could envision what the campus would look like if she were there. We went all over the campus and shot photos of different buildings, artwork, and landmarks. Many of the photos included a group photo of my brothers, my cousin's school photo, and I. We stayed at Hidden Village RV Park & Campground in Lynden, Washington. While there we took pictures with our cousin's puppet while swimming and playing miniature golf. The trip was awesome and was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.
The whole reason of the vacation was to help my cousin tour the campus and we did that even if she wasn’t physically there. A lot of people looked at us funny, walking around Bellingham with a puppet, but we didn’t care. Even though my cousin couldn’t come we still all had a great time and we won’t forget our wacky vacation with our puppet. My cousin enjoyed the video we put together for her and she did end up going to Western, which made my parents happy.
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