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  • I should have understood that with adventure comes struggle, and no great experience comes from closing your eyes and imaging your own bed. Friedrich Nietzsche once said “what does not kill me makes me stronger.” What Nietzsche probably didn’t know when he spoke those timeless words is that he’d be...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • This year my family and I went to Mission Santa Barbara. We thought that it would be a unique family trip that we haven't done before. The mission really lit our day up because of all the festivities going on. My brother and I were the ones who brought up the idea of going to the mission because of...

  •               In July of 2009 I had the remarkable opportunity to visit an amazing country known as Belize. The cost was approximately 4000 dollars, and I was determined to go. Through hard work and dedication, I raised all of it. And before I knew it, I was on the plane traveling to Belize...

  • Early last June, my father announced that he would be going on a weeklong camping trip come July. Never knowing him to be the rustic, woodsman type, I found this declaration rather startling. Images of my dad catching fish and roasting marshmallows over an open fire clouded my mind, and I couldn’t...

  •   I went to James Madison University this summer and it meant everything to me. First of all because I was finally accepted to be part of the program called the College Success program. I met amazing people all with different ethnicity and personality. The relationship among the group built...

  •   We had just completed the Double Hawaiian rapid of the Pigeon River, and a breathtaking sunset in the distance was our reward for a day of hard work. I closed my eyes and laid back in the red solo boat that had carried me faithfully down so much intense whitewater that summer, and I relished in...

  • As a last hoorah before college, my Girl Scout troop decided to take a weeklong trip to South Padre Island, a beach destination in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. We had a blast: it was a great way to end our twelve years of Girl Scouting, and we all managed to get the summer tans we had wanted!...

  • Being Mexican-American comes with a great advantage. Here is the thing why it is so great; I get to travel to Mexico annually. I am one who is fascinated by culture, religion, language, you name it. In the dictionary it says, “trav-el: to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or...

  • Crying girls, yelling boys, pacing leaders -- these aren't phrases that usually come to mind when people think about their favorite vacation; but most people don't use words such as hypothermia, Swiss nuns, or drowning to describe it either. It began one year ago when I joined a leadership...

    Tags: Europe
  •                “Go Faster Cadet!” I felt my heart busting through my chest bone. Sweat stained my shirt and underarms. Invisible needles penetrated my ribs. A stinging twinge exploded through my calves. I felt unimaginable pain but I, a lazy, computer nerd, just kept running. Stopping would only...

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