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  •           I have been on so many adventurous trips in my community.  One of the advantages of living near Washington, DC is that there are so many places to visit and so much to experience. First, I would recommend that you visit Fort McHenry. I have been there twice and it still fascinates me....

  • Bright lights. Crowded Streets. Seas of buildings. Such assets comprise the typical formula of countless cities—and New York City is no exception. Media often glamorizes New York, along with other cities; so as a Californian utterly familiar with urbanization, I naturally had some skepticism...

  • Normal 0 /*-->*/            Living but an hour away from Big Bear I never paid much attention to the peace and serenity that the virgin mountains had to offer. Having been taken with out a vote by my family to these good- for- nothing mountains is where I discovered my soul purpose. Still...

  • “So, this is what she saw.” My sister’s voice broke the awed silence as I tore my gaze away from the beautiful, sun-filled canyon. I imagined my mother’s face, decades earlier, glowing as she reached the top of a hill, pausing to absorb beauty so magnificent it seemed to belong to Heaven and not...

  • Imagine being lied to your whole life; being told heinous stories about  your mother and why you were separated from her. Imagine, for over 30 years, being told that you don't have any other family; then one day a group of people walk up to your doorstep and say, "Hi, we're your family from Chicago...

  • “Bula, bula!” We were greeted as we walked away from our ten-hour flight into Fiji’s warm, humid air. Despite the red-eye flight each of the students in the Travel Club, as well as the chaperones, were becoming antsy and excited in anticipation of everything to be experienced here in Fiji. The...

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  • There is no doubt in my mind that the best trip that I’ve been on so far has also been the simplest one.  In middle school I never had many friends. When I got to high school I figured that everything would just carry over. Like usual I was wrong. Honorable Mention 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing...

  • When others ask what my favorite part of my trip to China was, people probably expect me to say “seeing pandas in Chengdu” or “visiting my birthplace,” but my mind immediately flashes back to what I believe is the happiest place on earth: Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village (http://www.chinaorphans...

  • My family and I, from New York City, were visiting my relatives in San Francisco, California this summer. On a weekend we visited Angel Island with my cousin and my grandma. We took a ferry from the Blue and Gold Fleet (http://www.blueandgoldfleet.com/) to this “Ellis Island of the West,” which is...

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