The first big snow storm of 2014 hit the east coast while I was on a signature blue and red plane heading to Las Vegas. I still had eye gunk fluttering around my lashes from waking up at 4 in the morning, though I wasn’t awake enough to remember some breakfast to calm my nervous stomach. I was nervous as we drove over the snowy roads whose lane markers were no more than a distant memory under the distractingly slippery ice. I was distracted from making my flight in a timely manner when the gnarly and cold airport quiche breakfast tumbled about in my stomach. And of course I was cold because all I had packed was my light sweatshirt in anticipation of the warm weather waiting just beyond the state line.
After a takeoff that went relatively smooth considering we launched such a hefty object into the air, my boyfriend and I flew further west than we had ever been, though not quite as far west as would have satisfied our travelers’ curiosity. The clouds disappeared once we left Maryland far behind, and the sun warmed us up through the half closed window blind. My middle seat fit snuggly between a familiar arm on my right and an arm intelligent enough that it knew to mind its own place on my left while I relaxed enough to sneak in some zzz’s between bouts of sugar laced Nabisco products and puckered sips of CranApple juice. After enjoying the colorful and intricate splendor of the Grand Canyon and some canyons that, while not quite grand, seemed equally exciting, I dug out my phone and prepped myself for the blackjack tables by advancing to the purple and black clad table of the “High Rollers” room, even going as far as betting all of my virtual chips on a hand that would turn out to give me a comfortable 19 while the dealer showed a 5 and I hadn’t seem a face card in quite some time.
After a landing that went relatively smooth considering we landed such a hefty object from the air, I fiddled with my seat belt until the line of the slowest moving people on this or any other planet finally exited the plane and I could awaken my sleeping leg while rushing out of the cramped isle with a wisp of stale plane air trailing just behind me. I stepped my snowy dampened foot onto Nevada grounds, and-
And yeah, you know…I mean…and it was fine…just nice, had a good time. Yeah, yeah it was cool. Fun place…yup yup…….….…yup.
Every year my family takes a trip Ocean City, Maryland to visit my grandparents and have some fun in the sun.
I’m sure you all can guess exactly what comes with the promise of a family vacation:
Yelling and screaming over the TV channel
My grandparents’ refusal to turn on the air conditioning
Losing to my Mom in cards
Taking far too many pictures of my cat
Wishing my Poppy didn’t wake up the house at 5 in the morning by stirring his coffee
Trekking sand around the house all week despite making 1 trip to the ocean
Not having enough time to visit the boardwalk because your family is still playing with the cat
Sitting in traffic in the church parking lot after a slightly pathetic 4th of July fireworks display
This is the only real vacation I get for the summer. To some people, it may have seem like a wasted trip, more like a test of my patience than an enjoyable time. But, after vacationing with these people for all of my life, I’ve learned to look at things a different way.
So in addition to all of those riveting events, also came:
Sleeping in and bumming around watching American Pickers
A warmth that thawed me out from the constant stream of air conditioning I’ve grown accustomed to and will forever keep me heated
Trying to sabotage my Mom in cards and finding innovative ways to at least beat my Dad
Taking far too many adorable pictures of my cat
Spending quality time with my silly and even more adorable grandparents
Relaxing on the beach and gaining a slight tan
Always finding room in my stomach to gorge myself with buttery scallo9ps
Watching fireworks with my one-of-a-kind family
One of my absolute favorite parts of this trip was getting to take pictures of our adventures. Even though we go every year, I’m always too busy living in the moment to take pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I feel like that’s a great mentality to have, but when you want to share meaningful moments on a blog, pictures are nice too.
I hope you enjoy this!
And even though the fireworks weren’t as good as they’ve been in the past, it’s still balls of light, color, and sound exploding into the night sky and occasionally making a smiley face. And that’ll always be worth seeing. When fireworks are involved, how could anyone not look on the bright side? (Pun intended…)