by Isabella C., Age 13
, Grade 8, Saint Francis of Assisi, Louisville, KY USA
Teacher: Mrs. Reinhart
By: Isabella Cristobal
It was the middle of summer, but here it felt like winter. Puerto Piramides, a small town in the south of Argentina with no more than 5 hotels or restaurants. We were there for vacation but we didn't know why. Dad took away our phones, so we couldn't search it up. “We’re here!” Dad said, and I knew exactly where we were.
“How’d you know?” he asked. “It wasn't that hard when all I could see where boats and whales!” We got to our hotel and I saw splashes in the water. I was amazed but, “That's not what we are here for, just wait!” Dad said. The next day I woke up and ran to the terrace, forgetting that this isn't barefoot weather. I go inside and get dressed with a sweatshirt, 2 pair of leggings and a coat because it was really, really cold. We drove to town and stopped by the water, the wind was so strong that we couldn't open the car doors.
We walked around just a couple of blocks, to find the best place called “The Whale Watch”.Heading to see the whales, they put floaties on us while we started getting on the boat. I was terrified because I have never gone on a boat before. The boat starting moving and I started to count “1...2...3...1...2...3…” because I couldn't find a way to calm down. It was really crowded on this small boat, so the captain asked us if we wanted to sit in the terrace of the boat. “Even higher, great!” I said with a sarcastic tone in my voice, another reason we should get off and see the whales from the terrace.
Next thing I know, I couldn’t see any land because we were so far out to sea. I thought “This isn't bad!” until I feel the cold salty water hit my face. To my amazement I looked to my right and saw this gigantic whale tail peeking from the water and I snapped a picture as fast as I could! “Look over there!” my sister said, “Look at this one!” my dad said, I was having so much fun until I heard a small splash from below. I looked down and I saw this little girl crying so we asked the crew what happened and they told us that the families camera had fallen into the ocean! I felt so sorry for the family I offered to take pictures of them and send them to the family after the experience and they were so grateful.
Next thing I heard is “We’re done, I hope you all had fun!”. It was over? Wow! I didn't realize how fast time had past. “Thank you!” I said to my dad, because this was truly the best unplanned experience I have ever had.