Once upon a time there was a boy named Nick. His parents wanted him to
pack up all his stuff because they were moving. "But WHERE are we moving
to?" Nick asked. His parents told him that they were moving to the state
Nick said, "But I LIKE it
here in California!"
night Nick had a dream. Nick dreamed that he was driving down a highway
for miles and miles without stopping. And then when they got to Maine his
parents woke him up. They said, 'Nick, we're ready to move!"
looked puzzled. "I thought we already did!" His parents looked at Nick
and then they looked at each other and laughed. "You were probably dreaming!"
and his parents got in their blue Chevy and drove off.
After about an hour Nick dozed off. They kept driving and driving and driving
until Nick's dad said, "Wake up, Nick! We're heading over the mountains!"
said, "Probably so. Besides, that's NOT little...that thing is a a big
river, called the Colorado river...it's just really far down!"
said, "Can't I just go back to sleep and you can wake me up when we're
on the other side of the mountains?" So they kept driving and driving until
they got to the other side of the mountains.
soon saw a sign that said "Entering Nevada". They drove through lots of
desert type country for a couple of hours. Nick got out his Pocket Poker
game to pass the time. Soon they entered Utah and passed the great Salt
Lake. It was very interesting and they could see white patches of salt
floating on the water. They drove on and on and into Wyoming where they
stopped at a Motel Six for the night. There were not very many cities in
Wyoming and it seemed like just lots and lots of land.
drove on the next day and into Colorado. Nick's Dad said, "Look at these
beautiful mountains! Lots of people come here to ski in the winter time."
they drove on, they saw a herd of wild donkeys approaching their car as
they went around a corner. Nick said, "Mom! There is a herd of wild donkeys!
What do I do!!?"
"Well, you could start by
rolling your window up", replied his mom. Nick agreed that was a good idea.
"Punch it Dad!" he said. After that they soon entered Arizona. When Nick
had just won $1000 in his Pocket Poker game his parents said, "Look at
looked out his window and said, "It looks like a bunch of cows to me!"
His dad said," Wrong window!" So Nick looked out the window on the other
side of the car and he saw the Grand Canyon! His dad stopped the car and
they got out. Nick looked over the edge and said, "I wonder if there are
fish down in that little stream?"
they finished looking at the Grand Canyon, his dad said, "We've got to
go..there are a lot more sights to see." Nick was riding down the highway
for 5 minutes, but it seemed like a couple of months to Nick. Nick said,
"Can we stop? I'm hungry!!" So they stopped to get gas and for a bite at
drove on into Texas and Nick's dad said, "I have a surprise for you, Nick!"
Dad?" Nick got anxious to know. His dad said, I'll tell you in a couple
turned away and said that will be FOREVER!"
your mouth, Son!" his dad said. Nick went back to playing his Pocket Poker
game. In a couple of hours they stopped in Lubbock, Texas at his Aunt Megan's
my surprise?" Nick asked.His dad said, "Yep."
ran in and gave Aunt Megan a big hug.
Megan said, "How are you doing? Long time no see!"
said,"I'm fine but I'm pretty tired of driving."
you want to borrow my electronic chess game for the rest of the trip? But
you have to mail it back when you get to your new house." said Aunt Megan.
Thanks!" said Nick.
next morning Nick's mom said, "It's time to go, Nick".
Nick whined. His mom said, "Yes....already. Don't you want to get to our
but I want to stay here with Aunt Megan, too. Could I get some airplane
tickets?" asked Nick.
His Dad said, "No..You'll
miss the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma!"
they got to Oklahoma it was night again. They stopped for the night at
the Holiday Inn. Nick's dad said, "I'm going to go check out the refreshment
me in!" Nick's mom said.
said, "I'M going to the swimming pool, OK?" Right after Nick dove off the
diving board, Nick's mom said, "Nick! They have your favorite! Payday Chocolate!"
said, "I'll be right there!"
next day, Nicks mom said, "Come on Nick. We've got to go! We just have
three more days until we get to Maine!" Before they left Oklahoma City,
they went to the Cowboy Hall of Fame and saw the End of the Trail statue
of an exhausted indian on his exhausted horse. Nick remembered that it
came from his home state in
Visalia, California. When they were finished seeing the museum, Nick told
his mom and dad that his favorite part was Will Roger's twirling rope.
the next few days they drove through Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio,
stopping at gas stations, restaurants, and Motel Six. They finally got
to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and saw where the Constitution of the United
States was signed. After seeing the sights there, they drove on to New
had a blast in New York! Nick asked his mom if he could go roller-blading
through Central Park. "Okay," she said... and he did. Then they drove and
could see the Statue of Liberty from a distance. "Can we go there, huh,
Dad? Can we? Can we? Can we?" Nick asked.
a good thing for a kid to see,"said his mom, "Plus, it might be educating".
we going to get to go on a police boat to it?" Nick asked his dad.
not," said his mom, and she and his dad laughed. It turned out to be a
tourist boat but it was fun anyway.
we go up into the crown?" asked Nick.
"Sure," said his dad. When they got to the top of the Statue, Nick was
amazed at how far he could see!
When they were done in New York,
they drove through New England and, since it was autumn, they saw all the
different colors of leaves. Nick said, "Look at those! Can we stop and
Dad said, "No, because we will have those things in our own front yard
at our new house! We have two Sugar Maple trees in our yard at our new
house! They're the ones that turn bright red!"
Nick said excitedly.
said his dad.
oh", said Nick. "Who has to rake the leaves?" he worriedly asked.
got it!" said his mom, laughing.
I'm ony NINE!" said Nick.
said his dad, "You're old enough to do work!" They all laughed.
a couple of hours they were in Maine. "Finally!" said Nick.
they got to their new house Nick said, "Wow! Is that really a two-story
said his dad, "It really is!"
can't believe we're HOME!" Nick said.
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