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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Car Trip (07/18/05)

TITLE: Cross Country
By Robert Bronkhorst


June 20, 2005

LaCrosse, WI
Destination California

Hello, itís me B.J. I know, itís early, but I couldnít sleep last night. I canít believe that the time has finally arrived. It seems like only yesterday that Aunt Nattie said that she would drive us out to her house in California; us meaning my brother and me. Mom, Dad and my sister are going to fly out here on July 2nd. My sister canít ride in the car that long. Aunt Nattie says that the trip normally takes her three days, but she will take an extra day, just to make it easier on us. It will be the first time that I ever traveled that far from my house. Iím looking forward to the trip and I canít wait to see California.

June 20th
Springfield, MO

Hello, itís me again B.J. We traveled 10 hours today and my butt is sore. Good thing we are stopping at this hotel. Glad we are out of the vanÖ I think Aunt Nattie is glad as well. Looking forward to doing some swimming now. I sat in the navigatorís seat todayÖ Tomorrow it is Jasonís turn to navigate. Hope we donít get lost. Calling Mom and Dad tonight, with Aunt Nattieís cell. Still canít wait to see California.

June 21st

Yep. Itís me again, this time, Iím in Amarillo Texas. Amazed at how flat it is, hot too. Not sure what the temperature is. Aunt Nattie says that the thermometer says 114. Iím thankful that we have ac in the van. Sure glad that Aunt Nattie bought the portable dvd player. The swimming pool at hotel is outside, but I donít care, I need to cool off. Heading to the Grand Canyon tomorrow. Donít know how much Iíll write then. Called Mom again tonight. She says that it is pretty quiet there and that the cats and my sister miss us. I still canít wait to see CaliforniaÖand to get out of the van.

June 22nd
Flagstaff, AZ

Hello from the Grand Canyon. What an amazing sight to see. Mom and Dad told us to take pictures, but Jason canít find his camera. Have to use the video camera. We watched all the movies, at least twice now and are beginning to know all the words by heart. Jason is getting on my nerves. Aunt Nattie says that the worst part of the journey is behind us and that we have eight more hours to go before we get to her house. Itís hot here, but I like it. Donít know why I live in Wisconsin. California canít come soon enough because I want to stop riding.

June 23rd

Finally, I can see the mountains of California appearing in the windshield. Amazed at all the smog, and the traffic. Kept track of all the license plates we saw along the way. I think it was 43 different states. Jason said that Washington DC counts as a state. I laughed and said it doesnít. I will try to write more later. Glad to get out of this van.

July 6th
Riverside, CA.

Itís me again. Today, we are leaving CA. Mom and Dad and our sister flew here on Sat and left this morning. Iím glad that they came. Had a good time in CA, but am not looking forward to the three 14 hour days in the van. Oh well, maybe picking up one of my cousins in CO might make the trip more interesting. Need someone else to talk to.

July 7th

Hello. Not sure where Iím at now, but I think itís Nebraska. Getting goofy in the van. My cousin and I are exchanging caps. Iím wearing her pink cap. Have a family reunion to go to tomorrow. Another eight hours to go.

July 8th
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Itís me. Well, made it to my home state. Two more nights at a hotel, then itís back home to La Crosse. We are staying here because of the family reunion I wrote about yesterday. There are water slides here and I canít wait to go on them.

July 11th
La Crosse, WI

Iím home safe and sound. The cross-country trip is over. Iím glad that itís over, but sad too. It was great to see all the different states and to spend time with my brother, and my aunt and uncle. Canít wait to do it again. Maybe, next time though, Iíll fly.

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Nina Phillips07/26/05
That was a neat journal. Very nice.
God bless ya, littlelight
Bronwyn Johnson07/27/05
I really enjoyed this entry. I could identify with BJ and not only because we share the same initials. Well done. May God bless you always!
Beth Muehlhausen07/29/05
A fun travelogue! Licence plates from 43 different states - wow!