The best trip my family has ever embarked on was my sister's Make-a-Wish trip. She had mused over what to do for months, and finally concluded that all she wanted to do was see all of our old friends. This was a little trickier than you'd expect, because my family has lived all over the States. We decided to concentrate on the east coast, because we used to live in Georgia and New Hampshire. Our plan was to fly to Atlanta, rent an RV, drive all the way to Maine, and then turn around and drive back.
Needless to say, it was amazing. It ran a little over two weeks. We visited a couple of days with some very close family friends for the first few days; the father ended up dying of ALS a year and a half later, so this was very special for us. The three girls, all senior to me, like the same things I like: art, music, superheroes, and anime! The middle girl, Sam, who's in college, is one of my best friends, and we still talk all of the time. They sent us off with loving hugs and our favorite dessert, fruit pizza! Yum! After this, we quite literally partied all the way to Virginia. It seemed like everywhere we stopped, there were more people we knew, all gathering to wish us well and catch up. In Virginia, we stopped to visit with my aunt and uncle, whom we almost never see. That was fun, although it did help me to appreciate the fact that we don't visit them so often. Relatives!
After Virginia, we went on to New Hampshire. We stayed with a couple of friends while we were there, and had a huge crab bake. All of my sister's old friends from school came. I could tell she was really happy, which was what really mattered. Putting that aside, my favorite part of New Hampshire was driving up to this little beach in Maine I remember from my childhood. It was rainy and gloomy, even though it was summer, and we had to wear sweatshirts! The waves were going crazy, and the sky was a brooding shade of grey. Most people would find this awful, but my sister and I thought it was amazing! We currently live in the desert, so a little rain or storm clouds is like heaven has finally taken pity on us! The fun didn't stop there; we visited the old candy shop, where they were always pulling taffy in the front window. We went to the overpriced tourist shops and bought completely useless trinkets. We saw the Ferris wheel from the mini theme park we'd go to as kids. It was amazing, our little trip down memory lane...oh, and of course I bought a pound and a half of candy! Make-a-Wish had gone so far as to give us each $100, and I wasn't going to save it!
The rest of the trip flew by. We went to Hershey Park, then began the trek back down to Georgia, stopping once more in Virginia. We hugged goodbye, we hopped on a plane, and we came home. However, we certainly didn't forget. I never will.
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