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HIGH LIFE A WEEKLY FORUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS : Memorable Vacations--for Better or Worse

July 21, 1989

Aargh! With summer come those dreadful family vacations. But they never turn out as bad as we think they'll be, or do they?

Some memories of past vacations are precious, while others are disastrously forgettable. Hot Topics wonders: "What's your most memorable family summer vacation?"

"When I traveled through eight states in 1986. We were going to Montana for a family reunion. Having a Fourth of July in a state I've never been in before was what made this trip so memorable."

Leah Coonfield, 14,

sophomore, Buena Park

"Camping at Oceanside. It was fun because my family and friends were there."

Manuel Vega, 15,

sophomore, Buena Park

"I once skied at Snow Summit in Big Bear with my family and friends. While taking the lift to the top, there was a power failure. It felt like we were stuck for an hour, but it was only 20 minutes. It was dark, the wind was blowing, the chairs were shaking and I was arguing with my sister the whole time."

Aaron Yu, 17,

senior, Cypress

"Lake Havasu on the Colorado River. I was in the sixth grade and my dad taught me how to water ski and drive our ski boat."

Craig Kronick, 17,

senior, Cypress

"Last year at Antelope Lake, where I smashed the back of our truck into a tree."

Jennifer Hull, 17,

senior, Cypress

"When our family went to Disneyland two years ago. We met Mickey Mouse. My older sister was just married and her husband is from out of state, so he's never seen Mickey Mouse."

Stacy Williamson, 15,

sophomore, Cypress

"Nine years ago, we went miniature golfing and I sliced my older sister's forehead open with a golf club. She got blood on her favorite tennis shoes."

Cheryl Hull, 14,

sophomore, Cypress

"Grand Canyon, two summers ago. After stopping at Las Vegas, we headed for the Grand Canyon in our trailer and car. My cousin and I went to the restroom at the trailer campsite. When we came out, both cars were leaving. We screamed and called after them, but they didn't hear us. We panicked because we figured that both of the cars probably thought we were in the other and we knew their next stop was going to be Hoover Dam. Luckily, they stopped to get gas and made a U-turn to get on the freeway and passed by the campsite once more. The first car didn't even see us, but the trailer car did. Just imagine if they would have decided to get gas elsewhere . . . yikes!"

Minyi Han, 15,

sophomore, Cypress

"Yosemite. It was fun to get away. I got to know my mom better. I live with my dad, so it was nice spending time with my mom." Jennifer Kadau, 15,

junior, Edison

"When I went to Washington, D.C., during my seventh-grade summer with my family. I got to know my family better by spending time with them."

Darin Courter, 17,

senior, Edison

"About six years ago, it was the first time I went to our second home in San Felipe, Mexico. I learned about different life styles."

Temre Boyd, 17,

senior, Edison

"Going to Maui. It was fun being able to snorkel, getting out of California and spending time with my family."

Amber Wishart, 16,

junior, Esperanza

"Mammoth. It was fun to go and spend time with my family. It was great to be together."

Shelly Rime, 16,

junior, Esperanza

"We went to Lake Militon in Fresno when I was 12. Everything went wrong. Our boat broke down and we had two flat tires on our trailer. That's just a bit of all the disasters."

Michelle Haehn, 17,

senior, Fountain Valley

"Coming out to California three years ago from Louisiana, our air conditioner broke down and it was 115 degrees in Arizona. We had two birds in our car and they were actually panting."

Lisa Ko, 16,

senior, Fountain Valley

"We went on a cruise to Mexico and had a lot of fun. We met a lot of people."

Jennifer Chinberg, 13,

freshman, Fountain Valley

"We went to Pismo Beach in Arroyo Grande with my family and my friend Beth. We met a lot of guys and we had a beach party at night, too."

Lisa Graham, 15,

sophomore, Fountain Valley

"We went to Ensenada right before my sister got married. It was our last vacation together, so it was memorable."

Debby Gromada, 15,

sophomore, Fountain Valley

"Greece in the summer of '87. I met new people and some of my relatives I never knew. The beaches were gorgeous: The water was crystal blue and the sand was white."

Julianna Argyrakis, 15,

junior, Garden Grove

"Arizona, Thanksgiving of 1980. Since it was so hot out there, I was in the swimming pool all the time. I got to see my relatives I hadn't seen for half of my life."

Lisa McCluera, 16,

senior, Garden Grove

"Lake Tahoe in '85, because we went skiing and the mountain was awesome."

Jason Paca, 15,

sophomore, Garden Grove

"When we went to Hawaii last summer. The waves were excellent."

Chris Hahn, 14,

freshman, Huntington Beach

"When we went to Ensenada last summer, because my dad forgot his wallet. We stopped to get gas and then he realized he didn't have any money. It ruined our vacation because we had to come all the way back to Anaheim to get his wallet."

Steve Perez, 17,

senior, Katella

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