Summer Memories Essay

1359 words - 5 pages

The summer of 2005 was probably one of the best summers I've ever experienced. I started of by driving (yes, driving) to California with my mom and my sister. It was a pretty long driving stint, but, the end result definitely paid off. After a few weeks on the West Coast we packed up and headed out to Vancouver Island, only this time with my Dad along for the ride. Finally, after being gone for over a month and becoming slightly homesick we stuffed everything back into the car and started off on the long road home. Once we got there I had no time to relax as I had to work less then an hour after arriving home. I succeeded in spending the next month of summer working all but three days. While summing up all pros and cons of the summer I came to the conclusion that it was positively fabulous - I wound up with a great tan and lots of money.My mom, sister and I began this summer with a painfully long drive through the states the reason for this being that my mom is extraordinarily terrified of planes. My personal take on this was that we drug her with a few packs of Gravol and throw her on the plane, but, the value of my thoughts in this family stand somewhere below those of the pet goldfish. In the end my proposal was voted on by the board of Moore family transportation (consisting of my mom and dad) and discarded. Making the best of a rotten situation my mom and I split the driving and managed to make it all the way to Portland, Oregon without getting too lost. After wandering aimlessly around the city very much like the person who is "it" in a game of Marco Polo, we ended up at the Portland Zoo. Where we purchased a map and some French fries, asked directions and went to the bathroom. Using our new resources, we managed to escape the city, while still heading in the right direction within the following three hours. We arrived at the final destination in California sometime the next day. My sister and I spent pretty much the entire time swimming (a.k.a. sinking) around in the backyard swimming pool because we were staying with a great- aunt whom we had never met and had no real burning desire to get to know and it was also much too hot for anything else. The only major downside to this marvelous situation is that I'm allergic to the sun so I had puss-spitting rashes clinging to my entire body, much the way barnacles cling to a whale. Another real kicker is that for every day I spent outside in the crystal clear water underneath a brilliant California sun getting a picture perfect tan, I also spent one day cooped up in the stuffy, musty guest bedroom suffering the aftermath (sunstroke) of a day in the sun when you have an allergy. So, in reality I only really spent half my time in the pool, but still got away with a wicked tan. All in all the California section of my holidays were sensational.We picked my Dad up at an airport in California so he could enjoy the dragging, sweaty road trip out to Vancouver Island. When we were almost out of the United...

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