My “vacation” was over. I had been on shore leave for about 1 week along with the rest of my crew. My helmsman Marvin Mantyk picked me and my brother up in the runabout “Volkswagen” this morning.
We stopped at starbase 2318. There, we picked up cargo and my helmsman spoke with Admiral Huffman. We postponed our trip to the Peck system until tomorrow. For the remaining duration of our trip my brother, also my tactical and first officer, complained about how the missions we go on take away from his life and he talked about quitting altogether. After Stefan’s (my brother) complaining was done Helmsman Marvin talked about our new ship, which me and my brother hadn’t seen yet. He said it was mostly your run of the mill starship.
We pulled into Sunset and we saw a magnificent starship; we thought the starship belonged to someone else and Stefan jokingly asked if that was the Bandit, the name of our new ship. The helmsman surprisingly shook his head yes. Stefan’s mood went immediately from negative to positive and we both couldn’t wait to beam in.
The rest of the day was spent moving supplies and running Starfleet protocols. Tomorrow we'll receive our mission.
Let me start with what me and Stefan knew. We’re taking the Bandit to Cleveland.
The four of us woke up at 8:00 A.M., took showers and dressed. We did final packing and then departed at 9:40 A.M. in the Bandit. Few moments passed before we were all yelling “Yajaboat” a couple of times. With this ridiculous word we started our vacation.
We’d already counted 3 things we left at home but most of it was trivial. We picked breakfast up at McDonalds and ate it in front of my Grandma’s house. We showed Grandma around the Bandit and afterwards she gave her advice and her blessings and now we were really off.
Most of the trip was boring and made me think of life at sea. Then I noticed something: we were in Canada. I asked Dad about Cleveland and he eventually came clean with his plans to do a huge road trip that included such places as Toronto, Maine, New York, and eventually Cleveland.
Our true destination Toronto was reached some time later. We drove past Toronto to a trailer park, where I took a swim in the Trailer park’s pool. While I was swimming Dad rented a green little car. We took the car, (after quite a few traffic jams) to our destination, Sheraton in Toronto. There we met John, Rita and John’s father. Then we walked to a restaurant with so-so service, and afterwards the two groups split up and went home.
We got up, ate cereal, and got dressed, too, in a hurry. We took the Bandit out trying to find a parking place, which took some time. After that we took the subway to a mall where me and Dad ate. Then we started on our walk to the Pantages Theatre where we were going to see Phantom of the Opera. On our way me and Stefan took the Pepsi-Coke-taste-challenge and both came out victorious. I won a pack of Cinaberst and he won a Pepsi. Then we saw the Phantom. It was cool. Next, we went to the top of the CN Tower, the highest building in the world and walked on a glass floor at the top. Oh, I forgot to mention that before the CN Tower me and Stefan kept getting Pepsi refills from the Taco Bell until I felt like I could touch the pure caffeine enjoyment and until my bladder felt like it was going to explode. Then we drove to some trailer park in Kingston.
We started the day with a big breakfast which Dad excellently prepared. Then I took another swim at this trailer park’s pool. I had to leave though because of all the insects in the water.
Then we drove. We stopped and ate lunch. Then we drove through Montreal. Then we drove to a trailer park in Quebec. Then we ate. Then we slept.
This morning we drove into Quebec City where we went on a bus tour. I couldn’t understand what our French tour guide was saying most of the time and he almost killed us with his uncouth driving. After that we grabbed some ice cream, I had a flavor called “flou”; it tasted like really good superman. Then we left Canada altogether and ended up in Maine. I went in the pool at the campsite we where staying at, the water was nice. Now I’m going to sleep. zzz
We got up at about 6:00 A.M. this morning. We ate breakfast at a restaurant in our campsite. Did I mention we were going white water rafting today, well we were.
One of the guide’s briefed us on safety in the restaurant. Then about an hour later we started our rafting equipped with helmets, life jackets, and paddles. First we went on Big Mama which was probably most scariest because I was tossed out of my seat and hit the guide. Then came the famous Magic Falls. This was the time where the guide yelled hold on. Which meant stop paddling and hold on to the safety rope for dear life. I somehow missed this command and kept paddling. Unfortunately I was looking at the water so I didn’t see everyone else “hold on”. At the very last moment I looked down to see everyone “holding on”, water rushing over the side, and everyone yelling at me to hold on. All I can say is that I didn’t know it was Magic Falls. Then we broke for lunch. After that was pretty easy sailing accept for Gory Hole which was where Stefan almost got pushed off.
Eventually our trip was over. A half hour after the trip all the rafting participants meet in the campsite’s lodge where we saw slides and a video made from our trip by a photographer. We ended up buying a copy of the tape. After that me and Stefan played some pool. I won most of the time. Then we went to sleep.
This morning we got up at 9:00 A.M.. We ate Dad’s home made breakfast and after that me and Stefan searched the campsite up and down for the laundry room. Next, we hit the road for the coast of Maine. On the way we stopped at Johnny’s Seed farm which gave an interesting look into, well, seeds. Then we traveled through Bangor to our campsite. Me, Denise and dad walked over the the Atlantic shoreline. The tide was low or something so a lot of area usually covered by water wasn’t. I found some cool rocks. Then went back to the motor home.
This morning we got up and went to a hiking trail where me, Dad, and Stefan hiked. It was quite nice accept for the evil bugs. Then we drove to a state park in Camden. On our way we stopped at Fort Knox. The place was super cool-like. The Fort reminded me of an abandoned castle from Dungeons and Dragons.
Anyway, we got a taxi in Camden to take to a lobster restaurant. I decided at the last moment to get a hamburger instead of lobster which ended up being a good idea. My stomach churns when I think of staring an animal in the eyes while digging out his intestines to get to the meat for your own pleasure.
We decided to skip the taxi ride home and walk. It was dark and dangerous and so here is my comparison of our walk and the adventuring party from Dungeons and Dragons walk: [CLICK]
The sky's lights were dimming and their walk was easy, at first. then the side paths (sidewalk) disappeared so all that was left was the main trail (road). Fear crept over the party for they had to stay off the main trail (road) because of passing ogre bands (cars) which if strayed from main trail would discover them. The frightened party couldn't go too far from the main trail either because of many hidden and deep crevices (ditches) which littered the area.
Soon there was no light in the sky so the small party had to be guided by the passing ogre parties torches (car headlights) and magical pixies (lightening bugs) which covered the surrounding field. "AH!" yelled the elder of the party (Dad). He had fallen into one of the crevices (ditches) but luckily it wasn't that deep. He climbed out and they continued. Eventually, they got to a safe campsite where they slept and awaited to see what tomorrow would hold.
This morning we got up and drove to the top of Bald Mountain. There we ate breakfast and got a beautiful view of the Camden Harbor. Then we took a long trip to Cape Cod where we meet our second cousin Jerry and his wife. After some trouble they found us a place to put our RV in a park by their house. Then we went out to a slow-service-good-food-resturant. Finally we went to our RV and retired.
P.S. I smashed my thumb on the stupid door today.
P.P.S. While on the mountain we took a rugged and rough hike which I thought was the best hike ever.
This morning we got up and left to Boston. We ate breakfast at an IHOP then went to the famous freedom trail which was really quite boring. HA! got you going. It was actually a close look into such historical events as the Boston Massacre, the American revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and people like Samuel Adams and the “smuggler” -John Hancock. We saw old graveyards, a reenactment of an old Boston town meeting and we saw many street performers such as a clown, three old men singing, navy people singing, and street artists. I would have enjoyed it all better if today hadn’t been so hot.
After Boston we went to Connecticut where we met some of my Dads friends who made us dinner. After spending a while at their house we decided to retire.
This morning we got up and were kindly brought Dunken Donuts by my dad’s friend Chris Hartley. Then we left for New Jersey passing through New York, and on the way we were looking for a place to pick up and dump water which we eventually found. Then, much later that day, after much driving we reach my Dad’s friends the Peloquin's. We drank and talked at their house but eventually went to sleep in our motor home in front of their house.
This morning we got up and went right into the Peloquin’s house where my dad made breakfast. Then we went to New York crammed in the Peloquin’s Cadillac. We saw the Empire State building, twin Towers, and we took a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Statue was kind of small but still a neat site. Then we drove home and ate dinner at a Peloquin’s friend’s house where I swam.
We got up at 10:00 A.M. and ate breakfast at the Peloquin's; the place we slept at. Then we crammed into the cadillac and drove to Philadelphia. In Philly we saw a historical movie, the Liberty Bell, and a whole bunch of neat old buildings. For lunch today Stefan, Dad, and Mr. Peloquin had the famous Philly cheese steak, which I personally think looks gross. At the end of our day in Philadelphia we saw the 4th of July parade and then went home after picking up some gigantic pieces of apple pie.
We spent the night at the Peloquin’s and in the morning we ate breakfast and left for Pennsylvania. Mostly we drove and eventually came to Parker Dam where we ate dinner and me, Denise, and Dad took a short hike up to a place where tornados had hit. Tomorrow we have planned to take a good long hike.
We woke up kind of late or at least I did. We ate breakfast, filled up our canteens, and departed on our great hike. And here is my fantasy interpretation: [CLICK]
Our adventuring party decided to take a short cut to our destination through here. We figured we’d avoid the major cities and towns here and be safe. Some people call this place Hell, others Hades, The Abyss, and some even call it home. I lead our little group at first brandishing the Bug Slayer Dagger, which I would use to kill the infamous giant bugs which lurked in this unholy realm.
We approached the river Styx, and we had to cross an elaborate maze of stepping stones to get to the other side. Right when I was about to reach the other side I saw a giant serpent. Part of the group was far behind me and part was far ahead and my dagger was no match for this vicious beast so I ducked into hiding. It fled in a hurry not seeing me. The group did not believe me when I told them about the serpent. After some more walking I picked a sword out of the rubble on the ground and deemed it Serpent Slayer incase anything, serpent or not crossed by path.
Walking was easy and the forest was nice in a creepy way. Through the thick forest we begin to feel rain. Rain like no other, this rain was freezing cold and was black like the shadows of men. The we got out of the forest covering we felt the rain more; it was only medium. As we continued the rain grew stronger and stronger. Mighty winds aided the storms ferocity. We all ducked under a tree and tried to stay warm. The warrior of our group, Marvin, brought out his map and tried to map out an alternative route which would get us there quicker but would be more dangerous. Know I’ve heard of gases and fumes in this dark place which can drive one temporarily insane and I believe these fumes and gases might have infected our wizard, Denise, for she was laughing and smiling at the rain which is the same rain that made me shiver.
We had to make a run for it no matter how ridiculous it sounded at the time. We did exactly that, at least me and Stefan, the cleric, did. We lost sight of the wizard and warrior, and every chance we got we ducked under a tree and let them catch up. My body went numb due to the terribly cold rain and by vision was blurry due to it’s darkness. We came to the alternative path which consisted of many high hills, and steep cliffs. The cleric must have prayed to his god because we came out on scathed, besides almost freezing to death.
The warrior’s mapping skills were a success thank the gods. Not that it mattered anyway, the rain cleared up. The rain I’ll never forget for it was pure empathy and hatred spawned from the cold heart of death himself unleashed on our sorry group. We reach the Styx river again which surrounded this cursed land. While our group was crossing, Stefan spotted a giant serpent. Unfortunately I had lost Serpent Slayer in the death’s rain. We all stood still and with luck beyond me it didn’t see us.
We made it out of that Evil place of many names, and our current location is now purgatory, the in-between realm. Our destination some call Mt. Olympus, Mt. Celestial, even the seven heavens, but I call it home.
After I dried off from our little hike I took a swim in our trailer park’s pool and then took a shower in their facilities. For the rest of the night I played Backgammon and Pinocle.
We got up at 9:00 this morning, then drove to Ohio. In Ohio we meet Denise’s friend Carol, her 2 boys, and her husband. I played squirt guns with the kids and of course they never caught me. We ate lunch here too and we also dilly dallied around a little bit. We got back on the road after that.
Farther into Ohio we reached another friend of Denise’s, John. John showed us his nice horses and took us out to eat at a steak house where I had, in my opinion the best french fries in the world. The steak was pretty good too. Overall, John was a nice guy. Know we all sat in the Bandit outside of John’s aunt’s house.
We got up and started on our final voyage to my Dad’s house. We stopped at Bob Evans for breakfast; their food kind of sucks. We again took to the road where we past through Cleveland and Toledo. We eventually landed, I mean arrived home. We had to empty the RV quickly and clean so that my Dad and Denise could take the Bandit back to the owner by 6:00 P.M.. Bret ended up taking us home and our adventure ended with some relief.x