The Thompson Trip
By: Brock Thompson
The Chevy Spark is very fuel efficient and has enough room for our luggage.
Rent a Chevy Spark in Coppell, TX then drive 474 miles to Clayton, NM on April 5th. Stay the night in a Best Western hotel then drive 300 miles to Denver for the Colorado Avalanche game on April 6th. Stay at a Springhill Suites in downtown Denver.
On April 7th we'll travel 71 miles from Denver to Estes Park. That afternoon we'll enter the Rocky Mountain National Park for free. After viewing the park we'll stay at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn and travel back to Denver in the morning and tour Denver University. After the tour we'll continue traveling east to Colby, KS.
Drive 235 miles from Estes Park to Holiday Inn Express in Colby, KS on April 8th. Then drive 448 miles to my mom's house in Oklahoma City, OK on April 9th. Head towards Little Rock, AR on the 10th.
Leave my mom's house on April 10th and drive 340 miles to the G-Eazy concert in Little Rock, AR. After the concert we'll stay at the Double Tree in downtown Little Rock.
After the concert we'll travel 640 miles from Little Rock to the Marriott hotel in Bristol, VA on April 11th. The next day travel 375 miles to Washington, D.C. to tour the White House. We'll stay at the Omni Shoreham hotel on April 12th, and again after visiting the Smithsonian American History Museum on the 13th.
After staying the night at the Omni Shoreham hotel we'll travel 132 miles to Hershey's Chocolate World on April 14th. We'll stay the night at the nearest hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites.
After traveling 162 miles east we'll arrive at the Empire State Building on April 15th. After viewing the Empire State Building we'll go to the Statue of Liberty and tour Ellis Island. We'll stay the night at the Marriott in downtown New York that night.
On the 16th we'll travel 216 miles from New York City to Boston, MA. We will visit the JFK Library and Museum then stay at the Harborside Inn that night.
On the 17th we'll travel from Boston to Worcester to tour the College of the Holy Cross. We'll stay at the Hilton Garden Inn that night.
In the morning we'll travel 42 miles to Chestnut Hill in order to tour Boston College on the 18th. This will be our last college visit. We'll stay at the Days Hotel that night.
We'll travel 407 miles from Chestnut Hill to Quebec City, QC on the 19th. We will attend the Quebec Exquis! Gourmet Festival in Quebec City. That night we'll stay at the Best Western Hotel in downtown Quebec City.
The morning after the festival we'll travel 274 miles to The Lord Elgin Hotel. We'll stay the night in Ottawa, ON then travel 280 miles to Toronto, ON on the 21st. That afternoon we'll tour the Hockey Hall of Fame and the CN Tower. Then we'll stay the night at the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown. We will stay another night there after watching the Toronto Blue Jays' game at Roger's Centre.
On the 23rd we'll travel 81 miles to the Niagara Falls. We'll stay at the Sheraton On The Falls Hotel that offers a great view of the Falls.
On the 24th we'll start our trip home. That night we'll stay at the Best Western Plus in Columbus, OH. The next day we'll travel to Memphis, TN and stay at the Comfort Inn Downtown. Finally on the 26th we'll drop off the rental car in Coppell and be back in our house that night.
The Best Day
The best day of the trip was April 6th when my dad and I went to the Colorado Avalanche game at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. The Avalanche has been my favorite team ever since I started playing hockey at the age of five. My dad promised me that one day he would take me to see them play at their home arena. It was truly a great experience for me. I got to see my favorite player of all time, Patrick Roy, coach the Avalanche. It is definitely a day that I will never forget. My dad is the one that introduced me to hockey and I couldn't think of anybody better to spend this day with.