A Little Slice Of Heaven - My Family Travels

Millions of people travel around the world everyday. Where are they going? Who are they with? Each traveler tells their own story. My trip to Big Bear, California meant a lot to me for three reasons. One, everything went almost perfectly which is unusual in my family. Two, it changed the way I had previously viewed myself. And three, my family came together in a way I had never seen before. Big Bear ultimately changed my family and me for the better.

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My story starts on my brother Zach's twelfth birthday. My parents and I surprised him with a fishing trip to Big Bear for his birthday. We spent a week there and did all kinds of fun activities. My dad and brother went on a fishing expedition with a professional fisherman. My mom and I shopped and walked around downtown. All of us tried out the ski lifts, which takes you to the top of a mountain. We also went on a New Zealand speed boat that did 180 degree spins. The view of the lake from our hotel, The Marina Resort, was absolutely gorgeous. The mountains were so close and the water was so blue. But, the trip was much more than beautiful scenery and fun water sports.

My family is probably one of the most stubborn families that walk this earth. We all have very different ideas and opinions which usually leads to arguments. Ii seems like on every vacation we take there are at least two big blowout fights. This trip meant a lot to me because there wasn't very much fighting. Everyone seemed like they genuinely liked each other and wanted to avoid confrontation. This is a pretty meaningful step in a family and it made us all realize that we can all have a good time together.

Before I went to Big Bear, I had always viewed myself as a city girl. I thought that I belonged in places like Los Angeles and New York. I have always loved the big cities where everything is fast paced. But, Big Bear Lake made me realize that I also enjoy the small towns with very few people. The small towns are so relaxing and slow paced. It's nice to be a part of both worlds. I would've never pictured myself in a place like Big Bear but I'm so happy that I experienced a whole different view on life. I hope to return to Big Bear sometime so that I can get away from the city life and visit the laid back, relaxing, and beautiful mountains.

Finally, the trip meant a lot to me because my family came together in a way that I had never seen before. I think we all avoided the fighting to make my little brother happy. He is still young so the ideas of separation and divorce upset him greatly. He is a very sensitive boy. We all stopped the fighting because we wanted Zach to have a good time. We all realized that we could come together for a better cause. Seeing Zach happy made the trip so much better. It also made everyone else have a good time.

Our trip to Big Bear, California is probably the most memorable trip I have ever been on. Everything worked out perfectly. My family hopes to return next summer and to maybe stay a little longer. Hopefully other families will travel to Big Bear and experience the same wonderful activities and discover more about themselves and their families like I did.

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