The trip started by my dad jumping on my bed, waking me up at 3 in the morning. All of us quickly got ready and were out of the door by 4. We had to walk to the front of the gate, and wait for the two taxis that were to pick us up, and take us to the airport. Im sure it was a funny sight to see a line of kids walking with suitcases through the neighborhood...if anyone was awake that early to see. The taxis finally came, we loaded our suitcases up, and then we were off. Im not sure about the other driver, but in my taxi, no one could understand what the driver was saying. We, Jonah, my dad, and i, just nodded and smiled. When we arrived at the airport, everything went fast and smooth. Then, all of a sudden, they called our plane, and we lined up and walked right onto a small plane. For those of you who do not know, i was very nervous about flying because i haven't flown since i was very little (so basically it was my first plane ride i can remember). So, i sat down in my seat, which was next to my brother, who had window seat. The engine started...my knuckles were white as i squeezed the arm handles. Then we lifted off. It was a weird feeling, but i liked it! It took a little while for me to look out the window with out being nervous, but i eventually did. I couldn't see much in the flight to LA because it was really foggy, but the clouds looked really cool. Almost like an ocean of...whipped cream. The flight between LA and Fresno was really short. We landed, and almost immediantly looked for food. We ate McDonalds....yummy...Then we sat and waited about two hours for our airplane. I fell asleep curled up on the seats, then was woken up by Kenzie and Max, surprise surprise. Luckily, it was almost time to board. Suddenly, i heard a man yell can i have your attention please. I turned around and saw the pilot of the plane we were going to go on standing there. He explained to us that because of the fog, they might be delayed so he wanted to get off the ground as quickly as they could. He told us to put our stuff away and get out of the ilse as quickly as we could. He emphasized that the main isle was his and the seat isle was ours. He then said that if we didn't follow his rule that he would use his marine voice and make us do push ups. It was quite funny. Apparently, pilots never do that. So, we quickly got on the plane. Right before i stepped on the plane, the pilot asked me what my seat number was. I told him and he says that my seat is on the other part of the plane and i have to get off and walk around and get on on the other side. I have never been on a big plane before...it sort of made sense to me so i started to turn around and my dad looks at me and said "What are you doing, keep walking." Confused, i turned back around and kept walking, passed the laughing pilot and crew, to my seat. Fortunatly, we took off quickly. I had the window seat this time, and i got a really cool view. In my seat row was my dad and my brother. During the flight i found out that they played music and movies! I found this one music channel that played my favorite music! And then they showed The Middle, The Big Bang Theory, The Office, and How to Train Your Dragon! Life was good for me. I took a lovely nap and examined the landscape through the window. I got to see the Grand Canyon, too. I thought it was interesting to see the different types of colors of the landscapes. During the flight, i somehow managed to hit my head three times really hard. Once on the wall, and twice, really hard, on the tray in front of me...don't ask me how haha. Towards the end of the plane ride, which was around 4 hours, the pilot came on, interupting The Office. He told us that we were ahead of schedule, and that we have several young men and women who are joining the Navy and will be going to the school in Annapolis. He said that since we are ahead of schedule, we are going to fly over the school so they can get a view of where we will be living, once on the left side and then on the right so everyone can see it, and we will still arrive ahead of schedule. The view was amazing! I was on the left so i saw it first. Then, the pilot did a figure 8 so the right side could see it. It was really fun, but my dad's stomach didn't think so. Later, Beth and my dad said out of all the times they have flown, they have never experienced a pilot doing that. So i guess my second flight was pretty special. When we landed and were waiting to get off, max was stading on his seat, talking to me. He was two rows in front of me. All of a sudden, he fell off his seat and everyone who saw it, including me, started laughing. Then he popped right back up. After we got our luggage, we got on a shuttle that took us to the rental car place. That took a while, but we finally got our two cars. We drove for about an hour and then stopped for dinner at this place called Bob Evans. We found out that Bob died a couple years ago. Anyways, we were super hungry. Noelle and I ordered grilled cheese. When our food finally came, our plates contained a little tiny grilled cheese and random fries scattered around. Mind you, we ordered this off the big menu, not the kids. We easily scarfed it down and ordered pie. We continued on the drive for about 45 minutes more and finally arrived. Oh, and on the drive, we drove across the longest bridge in America.
After saying hi to everyone, i went and took a shower and then went to bed. The house it 96 years old and doesnt have any air co. so they have one of the air co. that are a box and stick out from the window...i don't remember what they are called. But Kenzie and I shared a blow up bed on the floor and we were freezing! But luckily i slept through most of the night. This morning as i was going through my suitcase, i looked up and saw these two medium sized cloth doll thingys. On one of them there was a piece of paper safety pinned to it. It said (excuse my French, but it is soo funny to i have to tell it):
When you think you want to climb the walls
Or stand right up and shout
Here's a little Damet Doll
You cannot do without:
Just grip it firmly by the legs
And find a place to slam it
Then as you whack the stuffing out
Yell - DAMET DAMET DAMET
So this has been my trip thus far. I hope you enjoyed my first blog. Please ignore my grammar and spelling mistakes because i don't want to reread all of this and fix the errors. Ill right another one soon!