Wacky Highway Jinks

Submitted for Contest #6 in response to: Write a story about a family road trip.... view prompt

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Submitted on 09/08/2019

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June 17

Dear diary,

Mom got me this diary to write in and record my adventures on our road trip, and I don’t know what she was thinking, but OK.

Oh, and yes, we're going on a road trip! I'm so excited. We leave on June 21, so I have to spend the next few days packing and stuff like that. So, what happened was my dad got a scratch ticket from his friend, and he decided to give it a try. Turns out, it was a fifty-thousand-dollar winner!!! So we're going on a road trip all over the country! I CAN'T WAIT! We don't have a big destination, so we're just going to drive around and stop at cool attractions. I want to go to the first McDonald's.

 

 

June 18

Dear diary,

Today I packed all the stuff that I wanted to bring. I packed a bunch of clothes, my toothbrush, the works. Then I packed my Baby Bunny, the stuffed animal I haven't slept without in five years. I hope no one reads this diary, because that's super embarrassing. ANYWAYS, I closed up my suitcase and started packing my 'entertainment bag'. Mom wants me to pack one so I'll have stuff to do other than nap and stare out the window all day. I found my favorite bag with a picture of the galaxy on it and started packing. I put in my iPod, my set of 100 colored pencils, my sketchbook, my favorite book EVER, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and my nice, crisp $100 bill. Yes, I said $100 bill! My grandparents heard we were going on a road trip and gave Nicole and me each $100. They spoil us a lot. With my entertainment bag packed, I headed downstairs to pack snacks for the road. I grabbed my lunchbox and opened the pantry. I packed some fruit snacks, granola bars, fruit, Jell-O cups, popcorn, carrots (yes, Mom, I packed vegetables), and a bunch of juice boxes. Like, seven juice boxes. Then I filled a water bottle and put that in my lunchbox, zipped it up, and put it in the frig. I'm all packed now! G'night.

 

 

June 19

Dear diary,

Today I had a playdate with all my friends for the last time until school started. Jillian, Claire, Layla, Joseph, and Anna all came. Maxine couldn't make it because she had chickenpox. We just hung out. We had our last meeting of the Harry Potter Club and ate a delicious feast of fettuccine alfredo, ice cream, and strawberry banana smoothies. Soon Claire, Joseph, and Layla had to go, but Jillian and Anna stayed for a sleepover. We stayed up until one in the morning talking and giggling, and woke up to a delicious pancake breakfast (thank you, Mom).

 

 

June 21

Dear Diary,

We're on the road! We woke up at five this morning to go on our road trip. I'm sitting in the car kicking Nicole's seat (LOL). She yells, "Piper, CUT IT OUT!" Mwah-hah-hah-hah! I'll NEVER stop! Oop, yes, I will. Mom just gave me a "look". I can't wait to see all the amazing stuff!

 

Dear diary,

Our epic road trip just hit a pothole. Literally. Our car drove through a pothole that must’ve had something sharp in it, because we got a flat tire. Now Nicole and I are sitting in the backseat while Mom and Dad stand outside, calling a tow truck. 

Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo… Ooh, a tow truck! “Kids, everyone out of the car!” Dad yells. Oh, boy. 

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I'M SITTING IN A TRUCK WITH A COMPLETE STRANGER. OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH GET ME OUT OF HERE. I THINK I HAVE CLAUSTROPHOBIA. AAAH I’M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING I’M HYPERVENTILATING I NEED TO GET OUT I NEED TO GET OUT I NEED TO GET OUT RIGHT NOW!!!!! I tell my parents, and they tell the stranger guy, and he just opens a window. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!! If you are reading this, I’m probably dead.  

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Sorry. I freaked out. I’m OK. Phew! So, now we’re just waiting for them to replace the tire. 

*hum-dee-dum*

OH MY GOSH! They did that so fast! Yes, we can get back on the road. Geez, that was crazy!

 

 

June 22

Dear diary,

Another crazy thing happened! We were at a rest stop with a little playground on it, so we went over. Then a boy Nicole’s age was walking by, and of course for Nicole it was like, FLIRT ALERT! She decided on the stupid idea of showing off by hanging from her legs on the monkey bars. Long story short: she fell and had to get eight stitches on her forehead. I don’t think she made a very good impression on the boy ;)

 

June 24

Dear diary,

This road trip SUCKS. I wanted to go to the first McDonald’s, some cool parks, maybe even Cedar Point, but NO! We go to the National Mustard Museum! WHY? What’s the point of having a museum dedicated to mustard? I HATE mustard! Then we went to the biggest ball of yarn in the world. Oh, goody! YARN! Note the sarcasm. Thank goodness I have my iPod Touch! I probably would have been driven insane from boredom. I think I even DIED temporarily of boredom. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but it was still REALLY boring. I went up to Mom and BEGGED her to take us home, but she said, ‘No, Piper, I haven’t seen all I want to see yet’. AAAAAAAARGH! I think I’m actually going insane. And to think the road trip has barely even started. 

 

 

June 25

Dear diary, 

Today I reached my limit. We were at a Potato Museum (yes, a POTATO museum), and Mom made me leave my iPod in the car. But guess what? I actually passed out. It wasn’t even that hot out, and I wasn’t crouching, so it couldn’t have been that I stood up too fast. The only explanation was that I actually fainted from boredom. I didn’t even know that was possible! Mom and Dad didn’t believe me when I told them I passed out from boredom, so they took me to Urgent Care to get checked out. The doctor said I was fine and I was probably just dehydrated or something. So Mom and Dad bought me a HUGE souvenir water bottle, filled it up to the top, and told me to drink it all. They didn’t realize that it would mean lots and LOTS of bathroom breaks. I’m really having the worst time ever. I’d rather be at summer school. I’m not even exaggerating this time. I just want to go home. I told Mom and Dad this, and for once Nicole agreed with me. Mom and Dad shared a ‘look’, and Dad set his Google Maps to ‘home’. I’ve never wanted to go home so bad. I guess all these wacky high jinks are driving me crazy. I got ‘wacky high jinks’ from a book. Hey, that’s what I’m going to call this journal: Wacky High Jinks. No- Wacky Highway Jinks! Oh, WE’RE HOME!!! I’m SO happy! Goodbye.



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Fiona Sailman
19:16 Sep 29, 2019

Thank you so much Willow Tree! I love writing fiction stories and it makes me so happy that you enjoy them.

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Maybe Jupiter
09:10 Sep 29, 2019

I love your stories! They're so simple, yet entertaining at the same time.

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