Waves and Whales - My Family Travels
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During the summer of 2010, my family and I packed up the car and hit the road to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We were met with many unexpected twists and turns right from the start. However, this was one of the best vacations we had ever been on. 


My parents like road trips, especially at night. It not only saves money but is also a great way to spend time with the family. For this reason, we left home on a Wednesday night in late June and headed towards New York City. We were planning to meet up with some of my cousins and then drive to Cape Cod together since we figured that the long journey would be more enjoyable if there are more people to talk to. 


Once we reached NYC, both families packed up the car with snacks (we had some young ones too) and fired up the GPS. On Thursday afternoon, we finally reached Cape Cod. There were so many things that we planned to do but not enough time to do everything. That evening, we drove to Provincetown to visit the harbor and explore the town. Even though I dislike any seafood other than fish or shrimp, I tried lobster, clams and even some crab for dinner that night. My favorite part of the night was when we walked through the streets, got some ice cream cones, and browsed through the varied collections of beach jewelry. 


On Friday morning, no one woke up early, leaving us behind schedule. We were supposed to eat breakfast and then get ready to go to Coast Guard Beach, which was rated one of the best beaches in Cape Cod. However, because of the morning dilemma, we did not get there till late afternoon. The beach was truly extraordinary with marine blue waters and sparkling white sand. I never wanted to leave! The only issue was that the water was freezing. But, with the cold water aside, Coast Guard Beach was one of the most beautiful shores I had ever seen. 


Since we were leaving on Saturday, the parents planned to take the whole family for a whale watching adventure that morning. The kids were all excited, and so was I. We were lucky enough to see various types of whales up close. They were so huge! It was an experience I will never forget. 


After lunch, we all got back in the car to head towards NYC. On the way, my uncle suggested that we go watch the fireworks in Times Square on the Fourth of July, which was the next day. Since my family had never been to NYC for the fireworks, we decided to stay with our cousins for an extra day. The fireworks were amazing even though it was extremely crowed and I almost got lost a couple times. The experience was priceless. 


My vacation to Cape Cod taught me that sometimes it is alright to let things happen on their own accord. Even though we made so many plans, once we all decided to go with the flow, the vacation became a wonderful memory. It definitely gave me an opportunity to try new things as well a chance to just relax. Before we left the Cape, I told myself that when I am older I am going to buy a summer house there, right next to the beach. Although that dream might not come true, I am glad that this trip helped me to create a vision for my future.  



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