Being in the early planning stages of my next big adventure, and given that this adventure will be taking place on American soil, I have been thinking a lot about the last time I was there.
It was on a family holiday in 2001. We stayed in Arizona with friends, before fulfilling my childhood dream of going to Disneyland in California. On the way home, we stopped for a week in Hawaii. It was your classic family trip, but also one of my happiest childhood memories. I felt like the luckiest kid alive when we were on that plane to LA. Being the diligent eleven year old I was, I kept an extensive diary of everything we did. Every entry stars with “today we went to…” but all in all, I am quite proud of the effort I must have put into this journal. Mum, the darling that she is, also made a scrapbook of all our photos. I’ve put together a little collection from this trip, to inspire thoughts for the next one.
Even aged eleven, I was aware of the importance of happy hour. Now, aged 24, I have the same intensely satisfied look when sipping cold drinks after five.
April 18 2001, Wednesday:
“The toilets are very weird. When you flush it sucks it away very loudly and you can feel air”- On the plane to LA.
“Luckily for me dads work partner camble who is flying with us saved me from dying by giving me a time out bar. The food is okay but I still am glad I have my time out bar”- On the plane to LA.
When in Mexico…
April 22 2001, Sunday
” Today we went to old tuscon it was funtastic. My favourite parts were the car rides, the mine train, the shows and the ice-cream. My favourite show was
darth vader Zorrow.”- Tucson, Arizona
” We went on a mine train ride. Tegan, Nick and I were making bets on who would die first.” – Tucson, Arizona
April 23 2001, Monday
“Today was the best day so far. We went to Mexico. It was a bit freaky at first but you get used to it. You can’t be everywhere at the same time even though the Mexicans think you can. They all want you in their shop at the same time”- Mexico
“When you bargain they say how much you give me lady?!!!!! it got annoying but as I said you get used to it.”- Mexico
29th April 2001, Saturday
“When we were coming home we stopped for photos by a huge cactus…When we got home we played in the pool with my dad he threw us really high in the air”- Tucson, Arizona
This is the moment that captures the entire reason I wanted to come to America in the first place. Disneyland.
1 May 2001, Tuesday
“Today we went to disneyland. it was great. we went on big-thunder mountain rail road first. we went on all the good rides. My favourite was splash mountain and star tours.”- Anaheim, California
” Dad whinged the whole way about his food deprival and his socks. All day.”- Anaheim, California
2nd May 2001, Wednesday
“Today we went to California Adventures. It was exelent. I went on the roller coaster 14 times…we also saw a show called it’s hard to be a bug but I took my 3D glasses off the whole time. ” – Anaheim, California
3rd May 2001, Thursday
“Today was our last day in disney land. it was sad to leave but all good things must come to an end. We did all our favourite rides but on splash mountain we got more than we bargained for. we were about to go up the hill where we would drop, when every thing went still. Someone came and told us it had brocken down. so we had to get out and exit early. but it started again soon after. we got a fast pass for it though.”- Anaheim, California
Meeting my disney hero.
4th May 2001, Friday
“We went to Hollywood. it was so boring. We also went to Beverly hills and venus beach they were not boring…Beverly hills is where stars live…all the houses are big but some are mansions. They are bigger than the haunted mansion in disneyland.” Hollywood, California
At the top of Diamond Head, Hawaii. My taste in holiday hats appears to have remained constant throughout my life.
5th May 2001, Saturday
“We went down to the beach first thing when we got here. I did not have a good swim though because when we first got here I fell off the bed and got big carpet burns on my back and they stung really bad but apart from that Hawaii is very nice.”- Hawaii
7th May 2001m Monday
“Today we went to pearl harbour…we had a voucher to collect 27 stamps so thats just what we did there were different prints to collect. We found all of them. We hired a car…it is a green four wheel drive its very comfy, with power windows.”- Hawaii
May 9th 2001, Wednesday
“Today we climbed up diamond head. It was a nice walk. diamond head is a creater.”
“Our flight was meant to be at 12 20 am but our plane ran over a flock of birds and there were feathers in the engine so we got delayed. We ended up leaving at 3 30 am.”- Hawaii.
May 11 2001, Friday
“We got home today…on the way home I had a look in the cockpit. I got to give out lollies and I got a goody bag for doing it. its nice to be home.”
This is what I meant when I said “classic family holiday”.