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My dad has already begun to come up with some things we must do no matter what…”I've been reading up about deep-sea fishing, you go out in the middle of the ocean all day and…” My sister and I have already made up our minds about this little idea, as we roll our eyes my mom nudges us, “Dad really wants to do this…don't ruin it for him, you know if he thinks you guys don't want to go, then we won't go and this is something he has been wanting to do for a long time.” My sister and I agree that we will let him have his fun too, it's not easy living with three other women, so we put on a happy face and act interested.
Months go by and the departure day has finally arrived. My sister and I feel confident that the trip is going to be awesome, we have both saved up what seems to us like a lot of money and are readily prepared for whatever awaits us. As we get off the plane I feel as if someone has thrown a damp blanket on me, “Will I be able to take this? This is annoying…“ I think to myself. Right away I realize that my tee-shirt is just simply not going to do…it is sticking to my body like paint, as soon as we get to our hotel I'm changing into a tank top and my shortest shorts. As we arrive at our hotel I am already contemplating what the heck I am going to do with my hair! It is frizzing and going flat, a bad recipe for finding any mildly cute boy. My family is excited because the first night we are going to be there, my aunt Jacki and cousin Keith are also going to be there! It will be there last night in Puerto Vallarta, so we decide to all meet up and have dinner.
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Getting off the boat that day I felt pretty miserable, I was extremely tired, famished, and cranky. Still, when I think of one of the best memories I have ever had with my family I can't help but think about our little fishing trip. The rainforest was a blast and getting a little tipsy was fun too, but our fishing trip was truly a once in a lifetime experience and that is why it is so special to me. My dad got to do something that has been a life-long dream of his and I will never forget my mom screaming when she was reeling in the Dorado. As much as I dreaded the entire trip, there are certain images and feelings that I experienced, which I will never be able to fully describe to anyone else. It was nice to be stranded with my family, as we looked across the ocean, there were no other boats as far as the eye could see. The world seem so big and you seem so small. All we had were each other out there, there were no other tourists around, and besides the guides, which are extremely important, it was just us.