A personal traveling experience that I had was when some of my family and I went up to Washington State to go pick up my sister and see her graduate. We went through several states such as California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. It was a planned out 3 day trip straight out to Washington. I was really looking forward to this trip because I hadn’t seen my sister in years, but what I experienced on the way to see her again was an unforgettable journey.
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I left my house sitting in the back seat looking back into the orange Arizona sunset, and then headed off to the highway. I eventually fell asleep in the car due to boredom, but when I woke up I saw the most amazing, most interesting site I have ever seen. I woke up to a flat bright green field of grass and gigantic white wind mills scattered across the vast plain. My eyes practically glued to the back window of the car just staring. My brother and I occupied hours by playing Uno. We soon later stopped in what looked liked an abandoned town, but it wasn’t there were Native Americans living there. We had driven on to their reservation unknowingly, but we still stopped to grab some food and buy neat souvenirs. I got off the car and looked around on how amazingly beautiful and yet simple way of life. There was peace and simplicity, it seemed nice; I went into one of the markets they had there and they had all sorts of items to choose from. I found a nice looking bag made by the hands of the Native Americans, and accumulated a little moccasin key chain. I paid then we set off onto the road again, our next stop would be Nevada.
Three muscle cramping hours later we stopped in a gas station in Nevada to fill up the car. My dad had planed for us to drive by the Las Vegas strip; it was a good site to see. I got to see the Las Vegas strip in the daylight, it look beautiful even without all the flashy bright lights. We stopped at a casino called Circus-Circus and we go off and went upstairs to the children’s level. It was pretty fun playing all the games, but I went to the gift shop to purchase more souvenirs but the clerk refused to let me purchase, so I left aggravated. We spent at least 5 hours there and set off again, we left the City of lights to Oregon. It took half the night to reach a rest stop in Oregon and when I got off to use the facilities, I heard a crack. I had dropped my phone from my lap and practically shattered my screen. I was devastated for a while but I didn’t let that bring me down. The weather was freezing, especially to a person who has been living in a desert all their lives. It was frost biting weather outside the toast car; we eventually made it into Washington. I finally got to see my long lost sister after many years, I saw her graduate and spent time with her.
The thing that I learned from this trip was that I need to spend more quality time with my family and cherish it. I got to see lots of fantastic site, which worked out. But on the other hand I broke my phone and didn’t get to go whale watching in Oregon. This experience meant so much to me and opened my eyes from another view.
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