Family trips allowed us to make beautiful memories and strengthen the bonds of each family member. These recollections would be cherished for a long time, and it would be fun to relive and reminisce about these memories. It could also be the opportunity to break the regular routine and to try new things. It was a chance to visit a lot of places we had never been to before. A weekend getaway gave us time to interact and relax with our loved ones. Going on trips were proven to be healthy for us. It was one way to take a break from the continuous stress. In fact, it would be a chance to spend some quality time together away from the distractions from our typical life. Once the family went on a vacation together, they would become a team. It was for all these reasons that there was one family who decided to plan a trip. They eagerly packed up for their outing and prepared for their adventure. It felt like they could achieve anything and go anywhere they wanted. However, they were entirely unaware that their family trip would come to an unanticipated stop when they discovered something terrifying in their car.
Everyone would agree that nowadays, it would be challenging to find time to go on a trip with our family. There were multiple reasons, and some of them include the fact that it would cost money, our busy and conflicting schedules, or we could not take time off work. Besides, most teenagers would prefer to hang out with their friends than spend time with their family. However, this family was far from average. Their love for each other grew the more time passed by. They also had one thing in common, and they all love adventures. However, during their trip, there was something, or someone, that made them hold their breaths.
Another Family Trip
We would know to introduce the Richter family. They were from Oregon, and they were a tight-knit family. All of the members enjoyed spending time with one another. It was why they planned a little family trip. It was not that surprising when all of them hurried to the car and were all enthusiastic about their getaway. The father, Erik, and the mother, Amber, sat on the front seats while the three daughters sat at the back. As they sat on their chairs, they excitedly start their journey. They had no idea that this specific family trip was something they would never forget.
Break From School
The Richter family planned to have their trip during the week of Spring Break. They chose this time because it was the perfect chance for all of them to relax and unwind from work and school. They planned everything, even the smallest details. It was because they wanted to make sure that they would be able to pass by all the fantastic places they all wanted to visit. Much to their dismay, they did not expect that their trip would have anything but relaxation.
Adventurous Family Outing
The Richter family was what we would describe as adventurous. They decided that their first stop would be to visit the Grand Canyon. It had always been their wish and dream to trek amongst the incredible Rocky Mountains so that they would be able to see the spectacular views with their own eyes. One night, during dinner, the family sat down at their kitchen table and started to map out and note all the things they wanted to do, see, and discover.
It’s Vacation Time
The day that the Richter family had been waiting for had finally arrived. Their family trip officially started. They were all in high spirits and eagerly packed their stuff. The mother, Amber Richter, reminded her daughters not to bring too many things because they already overpacked their bags with a ridiculous amount of clothing. When she checked what they brought, they packed things they did not actually need. They made an old joke about how girls would always be girls. The mother began placing all the cases in the trunk of the car. However, there was already someone who was one step ahead of her and observed her.
Something Was Off
The father, Erik Richter, went out of the house in a hurry when he realized where her wife was going. He abruptly took all the cases from her and told her that he would be the one to place the cases in the trunk of the car. Erik Richter convinced her to go back inside the house to make sure that they had prepared everything for this family getaway. Amber felt a little bit uneasy because she had the feeling that something was off. Amber could not explain if it were the urgency in the voice of her husband, or it might be the sweat that formed on his forehead. And yet, she was sure that something was amiss.
A Shadow In The Truck
All of them had finally picked up all the things that they would need for this trip. The cases were all placed safely in the back of the car. They also decided to eat lunch so that their stomachs were full before the start of their getaway. Finally, they were all seated inside the car, but while they were still rearranging and shuffling their seats so that they would be comfy, she could not help but notice that there was a shadow in the truck from where she was seated. Amber could not help but feel nervous.
The Richter family had now started their journey. As they had planned everything down to the T, they were all aware of what they should be doing in each hour of their trip. And yet, something did not feel right. The dad, Erik Richter, drove for a mile but eventually stopped. He was captivated by what he saw, and he badly wanted to capture the moment. Erik then brought out his camera and told the rest to prepare for a selfie. However, his phone beeped, and without being aware of it, he had changed from picture mode to video mode. Everyone was caught in the frame. However, there was one more person who had joined in for their family picture.
Caught In The Camera
When the camera changed to video mode, Erik uttered suddenly, “Oh, shoot.” It was because he did not realize that he had been recording instead of taking a family picture. There was a hooded figure who appeared out of the back trunk of the car. Apparently, he had been hiding there for quite some time. The one with the hood finally made his presence known the moment Erik noticed him.
Confused And Shocked
Everything that happened had been caught on camera because it had been recorded from Erik Richter’s phone. It was evident that the hooded person hiding was trying to disguise himself. However, when Erik saw the hooded figure, he blurted out loud, “Rowan, a little to the right.” The rest of the family had a confused look on their faces. To find out and understand what was happening, they turned around and finally learned the truth.
The Richter family actually had six members. The parents, Amber and Erik, the three daughters, and their son who was named Rowan. And it was Rowan who had been hiding in the trunk of their car. At that point, the rest of the family started to scream and shrike because of their surprise and excitement. It turned out that the hooded figure was none other than him all along. And finally, the missing piece of the puzzle had been found. Now, everything made more sense.
A Surprise For The Family
Rowan Richter was a marine, and at first, he told all of them that he would not be able to make it for their family getaway because he had to stay back. Rowan was supposed to be far away from where they were, and he was not supposed to be in their car. The mother and the three daughters were shocked when they saw him until everything sank in. The mother, Amber Richter, went out of the car and cried out to Rowan, “Oh my god, you scared the heck out of me!”
A Perfect Family Vacation
Amber Richter hurriedly looked at her husband to ask him if he knew about this and if he was in on Rowan’s surprise. She was a little shocked when Erik told her that he was. In fact, it was Erik himself who picked him up from the airport. The father could not help but make a grin from his face. It was because they were all together for this perfect family trip. They made it even more ideal by surprising their grandmother. The perfect beginning of their fantastic family trip commenced with all of them feeling all sorts of emotions and loads of hugs. And yet, they were still able to get to the Grand Canyon.