Chapter 4: Endless Driving and the Ice Incident.
Trip Start Jan 18, 2008
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We arrived in Providence yesterday morning, yes the same Providence from the TV show, "Providence" (whatever happened to that show?) and rented a car, where we drove to Albany. Albany is a very nice place, I know, it has the same name as where I live at home, but that hardly at all influenced my decision. Anyway on the way there we stopped to get some food (as we do regularly. Probably too regularly) and got one of the more disgusting burritos I have ever had. Maybe it's because the sign for the shop had the word "healthy" emblazened on it like a big guilt trip taking my attention away from the pizza place next door. Anyway I ate it and I liked the idea of it. I have to confess I missed food from home a bit today. BUT I like most of the mexican food and Central/South American places they have here, which we don't have in NZ, so it's ok. Anyway it's fun to be here with my family, specifically my mum (greatest comments always come from her) and my dad, who does everything, sorts everything out, and most importantly of all, pays. It's like I never experienced this travel before. All I have to do is sit in the back of the car and roll my eyes whenever I see spelling mistakes on signs or call what I want at the drive through... don't get me wrong, I appreciate everything and I'm not taking it for granted. But I'm used to freaking out because I don't know what the heck I'm doing, and now, I just let my parents deal with it. Ah, but not for long...
Hmm I think it's time to relate the ice incident which happened today. First of all, there's not much snow here, but it feels REALLY cold. Like, if you have a runny nose you'd better wipe it quick or it will freeze on your face, which some people have said is easier because you can just pull it off and throw it away, but I find very uncomfortable and preferred to use a Kleenex. Well anyway, today we went into a kind of forest, my family were walking. (I have pictures but my wonderful mother misplaced the cable, so there you go. I'll have to try and locate one soon.) At first there were a lot of puddles, which were frozen over, and my brother and sister amused themselves by sliding around and doing the moonwalk. I played it safe and walked on the path, I haven't really strained myself for a week or two now, because of the sunburn. Anyway, the forest gets a bit thicker, and I say "Hey, what's that, is it a stream?" So we go over to the stream, which is stuck pretty well in mid-meander through this dead forest (for of course it is winter and there are no leaves.) At first it is glorious, I take pictures of my dad sliding around, my brother and sister are sliding under the logs which cross the path of the stream. And it's really beautiful, right? So, we want to take a picture there. How can we do it......OH my camera has a self timer, and here, we can set it on this log. So everyone stands over by some trees, on the ice (because this stream has widened a bit although it's not very deep, and is quite solid.) So everyone arranges themselves while I figure out my camera (you see where this is going, don't you..) Meanwhile, people are questioning whether or not I'll make it back in time to turn and pose. It's my fist time to use the self timer and the camera is balanced precariously on the log, so as I push the button it kind of slips a bit and chops off our heads but it's balancing so it swings back. I turn to rush to where my family are waiting. My brother yells something about how the camera's moved. For some reason I am unable to calculate that ten seconds is plenty of time to get back and pose. My mum said "Be careful....oh good you're ok" as I arrive in the line. Have I made it safely? There are still four seconds to go. For some reason I turn too fast and the next thing I know there's a bang, my nose is pressed against the ice, my head hurts and I hear one sound...yes, folks, it's the sound of the camera shutter. Now, I do have this picture on my camera, and it's a champion. It contains my family, all in a line, and on one end-my legs, sticking up in the air. It will go on my facebook as soon as I get the cable. Right after the camera clicks I hear my family CRACK UP. I think to myself, hmm. WHat just happened. I opened my mouth (dangerously close to becoming stuck to the icy floor) and said "hahaha, how hilarious." Unfortunately I was unable to pull myself up, I was laughing so much, and I began to cry at the same time but it was so hilarious it was only the pain in my knee that made my eyes water. My mum got on one side of me and tried to pull me up. Then I heard "Brad, get the other side." FANTASTIC I think to myself, now I'm like the beached whale that can't be moved, only now I'm stuck in a forest on a frozen stream. Anyway we managed to get out alive, and I only got frostbitten on seven toes and still have a few left. My right leg will be amputated from the knee. JUST KIDDING! From the ankle.
Anyway we're having fun here in this land of fast food. My mum makes people guess where we're from. Basically she's setting us up to be offended. Actually I'm not sure how they do it, but you can totally say to someone "I'm from New Zealand," and then they look at the guy next to them and say "HEY! These guys are from Australia!" It's quite amazing. Today when some girl guessed we were from Australia, my mum said "No, that's sick." We stared at her quizzically as she invited the girl to have another guess. My dad said afterwards, "yeah, have another guess, this time if you get it wrong we'll call you an idiot!" Haha luckily for her she got it right.
There is a spa pool here in this hotel and I was in perfect heaven tonight, I was totally comfortable for the first time since I got burnt! And the internet here is free as well as we have free breakfast (I suspect it will be bagels and donuts again..real brain food...)
Well I hope everything is well with everyone, please write me, I check my mail regularly and I'll be at Niagra Falls tomorrow, and Toronto the day after that. It'll be my first time in Canada!!!
See y'all later