Two weeks not too long ago on June 18th 2012 my family and I went on a long car ride in our maroon Ford Flex from our home city of Pasadena to San Diego. I haven't been to the city of San Diego in almost 13 or so years in my short 17 year old life and can hardly recall any memories at all from the past trip. When we arrived in San Diego and at the hotel we stayed at with the name of "The Dana" on Mission Bay I realized the weather was around ninety degrees Farenheit. Although it was extremely hot, the heat was bearable for my family and I due to the packing of light clothing and a suprlus of sunblock and lotions. The room we slept in was small and had one main room which held a petite night stand, two full sized beds, and a bathroom/kitchen.
On day one of our 2 day stay we went to Seaworld. It was an amazing site seeing all of the different sea creatures in their own habitats. My favorite was the sea turtle; I enjoyed how they seemed modest, peaceful, and it appeared to just live day by day swimming around in their rocky twenty-by-forteen square foot tank. The Shamu were spectacular jumping as high as twenty feet in the air. The good side to this experience in the Shamu show was that my little sister and I grabbed two seats in the splash zone which guaranteed to get us soaked on this hot afternoon. The bad side was that we definately did not get wet because of bad luck. On our second vacation day, we drove even farther away to the Safari Park which was not conveniently placed closer to us like Seaworld was.
The Safari Park was a big contrast to Seaworld because of many reasons excluding the fact that one terrain focused mainly on land and the other in water. Even though the Safari Park was pretty extravagent, it was extremely humid and smelled of hot waste and wet dirt especially in the gorilla habitat. Besides the negative facts of this amusement park I really enjoyed the dangerous animals they carried such as the elephants and cheetahs. It was very amazing at the cheetah run that was held at around 3pm that evening because I and many others who were lucky enough to see a cheetah sprint a whole one hundred meters in roughly about five seconds which was more than two times faster than the fastest human has ever ran. My family altogether enjoyed our bonding time on this vacation and also cherished the memories that we will remember forever.
This most recent vacation with my family helped me realize that it does not matter where you go its who you go with that builds more important relationships. Also, I know if my family could afford more expensive trips we would definately go on them but for those families who face the same financial burdens as mine make due with what they can afford. I have grown so much from this unique experience and I hope that in the future my family and I may be fortunate to new things and visit new places.
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