竹北新社分校 Standard 3B Joanne Wang

I have had a long dream to travel and explore the world. It's always exciting to plan a trip with my family. This summer, my dad made all of my wishes come true with a trip to the United States of America. After a long flight, we arrived in Los Angeles. I was happy because I would not need to eat disgusting food anymore. We spent a few days in L.A. seeing the sights and then caught a domestic flight to West Yellowstone. Yellowstone has many geysers and the most famous one is Old Faithful. Old faithful is very spectacular and lasts for two minutes when it erupts. Later, on our way back to the hotel, our trip was delayed by a herd of bison in the road. They moved on after two hours when park rangers shooed them away. At last, we made it back to our lodge and had a sweet dream. The following day, we stopped by a beautiful Yellowstone Lake. As we took in the scenery, something moving on the ground nearby caught my eye. After a closer look, I realized it was a snake and shouted for everyone to get back to avoid a bite. Snakes can be scary, but we were lucky to see so much wildlife on our trip. In addition to snakes and bison, we also saw: wolves, ground squirrels, deer, elk, grizzly bears, hawks, and many more. Another memorable experience was rafting on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. While rafting, our tour guide found a family of beavers near the river bank. We started counting and were amazed to find that there were ten in all! During our rafting trip, we were also lucky to see a bald eagle sitting on its best. The rafting trip was awesome! After rafting, we went to a restaurant for dinner. At the restaurant, my mother was having difficulty reading the English menu and when it came to order, she randomly chose one of the steaks on the menu. The menu did not have prices and we later learned when we went to the cashier, that my mom had ordered the most expensive food on the menu. We all had a laugh about it, but my mother felt embarrassed, so she asked me to order for her next time. Another experience that I will never forget is horseback riding. The coach taught us how to ride and joined us on our ride. My horse was very playful and often chased the other horses. The coach lead us to a river bed where it was beautiful watching the horses splash in the water as they trotted. He was very knowledgeable about the environment, teaching me about the plants and animals in the area. He also taught me about forest fires and how they affect the area. On our way back to the riding center, we had the horse jump over a series of short bushes. Soon after, we were on an airplane leaving Yellowstone where I sat and I recalled what had happened during our visit. I am lucky to be a student at American Eagle Institute, because if I weren't, I would not have the English ability needed for our trip to America. I will always be grateful to my dad for taking us to America for our summer vacation. It is a memory that I will cherish my entire life.

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