Best Vacation Ever

by MJB
We bought a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck and a 5th wheel camper for our vacation around the country. My Grandparents bought a class B RV for the trip. My family and my grandparents and my brother’s best friend started packing and last minute planning.
The first stop was at Letchworth state park in New York. That was disappointing. Then we went through the northwest corner of Pennsylvania, then to Ohio to a place called Lehman’s. They had a stove that looked old but was new on the inside and updated. There were a lot of Amish people in Ohio, and barns and horses.
Then we went to Michigan and we went to Lake Michigan. We went to the Studebaker museum in Indiana. They had President Lincoln’s carriage. We went to Illinois where we went to Chicago and we went to a museum of science and industry where we saw U505 which is a WW2 German type-ix submarine, which was captured on June 4, 1944.
In Wisconsin, we went to a place called Castle Rock. It was a cool rock area Then we went to visit my cousins in Madison. They are Graphic Design artists, and they taught me how to make linoleum prints. Then we went to Minnesota to the Mall of America. We went to the Science Museum of Minnesota which had a barge simulator. My brother kept crashing, he can’t drive.
Then we went to South Dakota. We went to the Badlands and we saw a mocking bird there. We camped at Pierre which is the capitol of South Dakota. While we were there we went to South Dakota State Historical society.
Then we drove to North Dakota, and visited Minot Air Force Base which is the home of the B52 bomber. Then we went to Montana to the town of Baker. We stayed for five days then we went back to North Dakota to the city of Minot. The friend of the family who had been traveling with us flew back to New York. But the trip did not end yet. We stayed there for three more days, then we went back to Montana. I don’t remember much about Montana other than it’s flat for miles and miles and not much to do. My grandparents had had enough of the trip around the country.
Then we went through Lolo Pass in Idaho where I had a chance to use a short wave radio to talk to Germany. After that, off to Tacoma, Washington to visit my aunt for one week. We went to a lot of places in Washington. It was fun to go to Mount St. Helens, which is still an active volcano. There were these little frogs there, and if you stepped on one you would be fined $500. Don’t forget the Banana slugs- which are these huge yellow and black slugs. They are common in Washington State.
Then we traveled down the West coast to Oregon to a place called Fort Stevens which has 10 inch disappearing rifles, which is part of the west battery. The west battery was built between 1898 and 1900 and it was named after Col. Leveret Walker, Commanding Officer of Fort Stevens in 1906 to 1907. It is a cool fort. My family, except my mom, got to ride a deuce-n-half, some people might know it as a six by six truck.
Then we went to a lighthouse in Yaquina Bay. Then to Astoria which was the westernmost camp of Lewis and Clark’s trip. We also went to Haystack Rock. We met my uncle and aunt in Oakland California. We went all over that area of California and we got to use electric cars in San Francisco. We liked the electric cars but the batteries died way too fast. My aunt and uncle took my family to Alcatraz and we went to a cool restaurant, Chevy’s, it served Mexican food.
After my aunt and uncle left, we went back to San Francisco. We got to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. This time, we didn’t rent the electric car we used our Ram 2500 to go down Lombard Street. Then we went to Northern California and we went to the Redwoods forest and Sequoia, they are different types of big trees. Many are over 250 feet tall and some are big enough to drive a small car through.
We got to go to Yosemite National Park which is 1,189 square miles of the Sierra Nevada Mountains” according to the postcard. In Yosemite, we saw a coyote walking through Yosemite Village just a stone’s throw away from my family. They told everybody not to leave food in their cars because the bears would peel your car like a banana to get to the food. They aren’t that scared of humans because they have been around them so much. On Tioga Road, we saw a family with a baby. They sat her on a rock and let go…if she had fallen she’d have fallen a very long way.
That was the first half of the best vacation I ever had. It was a lot of fun, but the second half was more exciting. This paper ends with “to be continued.”

Best Vacation Ever

by MJB
We bought a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck and a 5th wheel camper for our vacation around the country. My Grandparents bought a class B RV for the trip. My family and my grandparents and my brother’s best friend started packing and last minute planning.
The first stop was at Letchworth state park in New York. That was disappointing. Then we went through the northwest corner of Pennsylvania, then to Ohio to a place called Lehman’s. They had a stove that looked old but was new on the inside and updated. There were a lot of Amish people in Ohio, and barns and horses.
Then we went to Michigan and we went to Lake Michigan. We went to the Studebaker museum in Indiana. They had President Lincoln’s carriage. We went to Illinois where we went to Chicago and we went to a museum of science and industry where we saw U505 which is a WW2 German type-ix submarine, which was captured on June 4, 1944.
In Wisconsin, we went to a place called Castle Rock. It was a cool rock area Then we went to visit my cousins in Madison. They are Graphic Design artists, and they taught me how to make linoleum prints. Then we went to Minnesota to the Mall of America. We went to the Science Museum of Minnesota which had a barge simulator. My brother kept crashing, he can’t drive.
Then we went to South Dakota. We went to the Badlands and we saw a mocking bird there. We camped at Pierre which is the capitol of South Dakota. While we were there we went to South Dakota State Historical society.
Then we drove to North Dakota, and visited Minot Air Force Base which is the home of the B52 bomber. Then we went to Montana to the town of Baker. We stayed for five days then we went back to North Dakota to the city of Minot. The friend of the family who had been traveling with us flew back to New York. But the trip did not end yet. We stayed there for three more days, then we went back to Montana. I don’t remember much about Montana other than it’s flat for miles and miles and not much to do. My grandparents had had enough of the trip around the country.
Then we went through Lolo Pass in Idaho where I had a chance to use a short wave radio to talk to Germany. After that, off to Tacoma, Washington to visit my aunt for one week. We went to a lot of places in Washington. It was fun to go to Mount St. Helens, which is still an active volcano. There were these little frogs there, and if you stepped on one you would be fined $500. Don’t forget the Banana slugs- which are these huge yellow and black slugs. They are common in Washington State.
Then we traveled down the West coast to Oregon to a place called Fort Stevens which has 10 inch disappearing rifles, which is part of the west battery. The west battery was built between 1898 and 1900 and it was named after Col. Leveret Walker, Commanding Officer of Fort Stevens in 1906 to 1907. It is a cool fort. My family, except my mom, got to ride a deuce-n-half, some people might know it as a six by six truck.
Then we went to a lighthouse in Yaquina Bay. Then to Astoria which was the westernmost camp of Lewis and Clark’s trip. We also went to Haystack Rock. We met my uncle and aunt in Oakland California. We went all over that area of California and we got to use electric cars in San Francisco. We liked the electric cars but the batteries died way too fast. My aunt and uncle took my family to Alcatraz and we went to a cool restaurant, Chevy’s, it served Mexican food.
After my aunt and uncle left, we went back to San Francisco. We got to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. This time, we didn’t rent the electric car we used our Ram 2500 to go down Lombard Street. Then we went to Northern California and we went to the Redwoods forest and Sequoia, they are different types of big trees. Many are over 250 feet tall and some are big enough to drive a small car through.
We got to go to Yosemite National Park which is 1,189 square miles of the Sierra Nevada Mountains” according to the postcard. In Yosemite, we saw a coyote walking through Yosemite Village just a stone’s throw away from my family. They told everybody not to leave food in their cars because the bears would peel your car like a banana to get to the food. They aren’t that scared of humans because they have been around them so much. On Tioga Road, we saw a family with a baby. They sat her on a rock and let go…if she had fallen she’d have fallen a very long way.
That was the first half of the best vacation I ever had. It was a lot of fun, but the second half was more exciting. This paper ends with “to be continued.”

The Worst Vacation I Ever Had

By JLB

The worst vacation I ever had began in July 2003 and ended in February 2004. It was way too long. I had to live in a camper for 6 months. I had to travel through deserts. I camped in the middle of nowhere many times, way too many times.
I had such a bad time. I had to go through North and South Dakota, they are so boring. I had to sit in the back seat of a pick up truck all the way through both states and the back seat is tiny and cramped and it was horrible. And in North Dakota we found some fire works and we were launching them. Then the sheriff came and yelled at us and told us that you can’t launch fire works in North Dakota except on the Fourth of July, which we didn’t know because we’re from New York. When we were driving down the highway we heard a crash and when we looked in the rear view mirrors we saw the window flying off the camper.
We lost our cell phone in Washington State. We stopped at a rest stop and my dad put it on the back of the truck and forgot about it and we were 100 miles away when he remembered it. In Northern California we stopped at a camp ground and when we knocked on the manager’s door he growled “nobody’s home” and the place looked pretty bad any way so we left quickly and never turned back. There was a forest fire in Central California so we had to leave there quickly too. The smoke chased us all the way to the desert.
I got stung by a scorpion at Slab City, California. Some friends and I were launching some fire works off some sand dunes. We were going to blow up this little plastic dude but we ran out of fire works so two of my friends went to get more, while my other friend and I waited. He decided to bury the plastic dude in the sand and when I was digging him back up I dug up a scorpion that had buried it self in the sand and it stung me.
We went to Las Vegas and my dad drove us around to all the pawn shops looking for a cell phone. The whole time I thought we were going to get mugged. At the last shop, I was sitting in the truck with the window down -bad idea- some drunken bum came over to my window, mumbled a bunch of stuff at me and walked away. I rolled up my window as quick as possible. Then my dad came out, got in, started driving and said something about the cashier pulling a gun out from under the counter because some other guy was complaining about something.
The whole trip was horrible. We got stuck in a snowstorm on a mountain for three days. The camper got trapped under some branches that the snow had weighed down and the rangers at the camp grounds had to climb up and get the snow off because the tree was “government property” so we couldn’t touch it.
We were in a desert for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It was the worst Christmas ever. The pipes froze and we didn’t have water. We sat in the camper for most of the holiday. We went to some crazy people’s house for New Year’s Eve and it was the worst New Year’s party ever. It’s the only New Year’s party I ever went to that I was glad to go “home” from early.
We went to Louisiana and camped in a swamp for a week. While we stayed there we went to New Orleans and sat and listened to some time share people for 2 hours and then we went back to the swamp. When my brother was riding his bike the chain broke and that was the last working bike we had, because when we entered Louisiana the bike rack fell off the back of the camper and our mountain bikes got smashed.
For my birthday we were in Alabama. It was a dull birthday the most exciting thing that happened was when two dogs chased my brother and me up the jungle gym. We sat up there for an hour before the dogs went away. One good thing that happened was that I got enough money to buy a Game Cube but no store from Arizona to Pennsylvania had one so I couldn’t get one.
These are the absolute worst things that happened on my trip. I’m not even going to get into the merely bad stuff. That’s why this was the worst vacation I ever had.

The Worst Vacation I Ever Had

By Jerah Brewster

The worst vacation I ever had began in July 2003 and ended in February 2004. It was way too long. I had to live in a camper for 6 months. I had to travel through deserts. I camped in the middle of nowhere many times, way too many times.
I had such a bad time. I had to go through North and South Dakota, they are so boring. I had to sit in the back seat of a pick up truck all the way through both states and the back seat is tiny and cramped and it was horrible. And in North Dakota we found some fire works and we were launching them. Then the sheriff came and yelled at us and told us that you can’t launch fire works in North Dakota except on the Fourth of July, which we didn’t know because we’re from New York. When we were driving down the highway we heard a crash and when we looked in the rear view mirrors we saw the window flying off the camper.
We lost our cell phone in Washington State. We stopped at a rest stop and my dad put it on the back of the truck and forgot about it and we were 100 miles away when he remembered it. In Northern California we stopped at a camp ground and when we knocked on the manager’s door he growled “nobody’s home” and the place looked pretty bad any way so we left quickly and never turned back. There was a forest fire in Central California so we had to leave there quickly too. The smoke chased us all the way to the desert.
I got stung by a scorpion at Slab City, California. Some friends and I were launching some fire works off some sand dunes. We were going to blow up this little plastic dude but we ran out of fire works so two of my friends went to get more, while my other friend and I waited. He decided to bury the plastic dude in the sand and when I was digging him back up I dug up a scorpion that had buried it self in the sand and it stung me.
We went to Las Vegas and my dad drove us around to all the pawn shops looking for a cell phone. The whole time I thought we were going to get mugged. At the last shop, I was sitting in the truck with the window down -bad idea- some drunken bum came over to my window, mumbled a bunch of stuff at me and walked away. I rolled up my window as quick as possible. Then my dad came out, got in, started driving and said something about the cashier pulling a gun out from under the counter because some other guy was complaining about something.
The whole trip was horrible. We got stuck in a snowstorm on a mountain for three days. The camper got trapped under some branches that the snow had weighed down and the rangers at the camp grounds had to climb up and get the snow off because the tree was “government property” so we couldn’t touch it.
We were in a desert for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It was the worst Christmas ever. The pipes froze and we didn’t have water. We sat in the camper for most of the holiday. We went to some crazy people’s house for New Year’s Eve and it was the worst New Year’s party ever. It’s the only New Year’s party I ever went to that I was glad to go “home” from early.
We went to Louisiana and camped in a swamp for a week. While we stayed there we went to New Orleans and sat and listened to some time share people for 2 hours and then we went back to the swamp. When my brother was riding his bike the chain broke and that was the last working bike we had, because when we entered Louisiana the bike rack fell off the back of the camper and our mountain bikes got smashed.
For my birthday we were in Alabama. It was a dull birthday the most exciting thing that happened was when two dogs chased my brother and me up the jungle gym. We sat up there for an hour before the dogs went away. One good thing that happened was that I got enough money to buy a Game Cube but no store from Arizona to Pennsylvania had one so I couldn’t get one.
These are the absolute worst things that happened on my trip. I’m not even going to get into the merely bad stuff. That’s why this was the worst vacation I ever had.