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  • I have lived in Iowa all of my life. Some people say that it’s in, or even is, the middle of nowhere. This where I come in. I hope to banish the misconceptions people have about Iowa, and prove that it is a very fun and exciting place to visit and live. I grew up in Marion, Iowa, which is in...

    Tags: Exploring, Iowa, USA
  • This summer I went on a mission trip to Ashland, Montana with my Youth Group. My first thoughts when we decided to go there were, "Wow! I'm going to be on an Native American Reservation!" My next thoughts were, "Oh, man! Montana is in the middle of nowhere!" The date of our departure was arriving...

  •   The typical summer vacation of a teenaged girl is simple: she lies on the beach, soaking up the sun with her close girl friends by her side. They discuss boys and sing along to popular songs on the radio. In lieu of this common paradise, I spent my summer preparing for an unordinary getaway. In...

  •   Before I stepped off of the plane and entered the world of the Philippines, I was scared.  Everyone asked me why I chose this country, and after reading recent articles and government warnings, I was starting to ask myself the same question. Every week I was getting updated travel warnings...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • I was anxious as I left my home for the airport. I didn’t know what to expect from my three month vacation to Kenya. I had gone on this trip to learn about my culture and understand about the place where I was born. I moved to the United States at a young age and wanted to regain what I had lost...

    Tags: Africa
  • I know people always say that the Grand Canyon is vast, ginormous, but I took those words lightly. I believed them but didn't have the imagination to conjur up an image of a huge HOLE in this Earth. So when I heard that our next summer road trip was headed towards the Grand Canyon, I didn't think...

  •   I DISTINCTLY remember being squished on my popped, twin sized, air mattress, facing Kirk and Sara. We’d grown up in the same church since I was 5 and I had seen their faces a dozen times, but it was different this time. This time we had worked together in the rain and dirt, we had seen each...

  •                 The idea had been rolling around for years. “Let’s drive across the country and see your parents,” my mom said. “Not this year,” said my dad, usually because “I can’t take time off work” or “gas prices are too high.” As I went through the motions of my sophomore year, my parents...

  • The summer after my sophomore year of high school I was given the odd opportunity to go on a mission trip with my church youth group of about 35. It was a spur of the moment decision, a year in advance, that I would remember for the rest of my life. I never really knew why I decided I would go on...

  • Three summers ago, I had the privilege of taking a month-long vacation with my family to Grand Teton National Park in the state of Wyoming. Located just south of Yellowstone, Grand Teton is home to some of the most robust and breathtaking mountain peaks on the North American continent. The Grand...

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