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  • Early this summer, I took an amazing road trip with my family. We drove from Kirkland, WA across Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, to see Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone State Park. We left the day school got out for my brother Aidan and I. Along the way, we toured other less known places...

  • Kansas City, Missouri: A city just about 4 hours drive from the incredible Gateway Arch in St Louis. A true city of The West.  I had never been to the state of Missouri prior to this visit in the summer of 2010. The drive there was just as the books and movies described it. Nothing, but long...

  • I know you know the feeling. It comes when you’re cruising down the highway in the middle of nowhere, USA, and your dad is screaming the lyrics to whatever oldies station he could muster up on the radio. It’s that feeling that creeps up on you when you see the “next rest stop: 400 miles” sign. It’s...

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  • Keep Austin Weird! Even if you've never been here, I’m willing to bet you've at least heard the expression. I challenge you to come find out why! The city gives off a spontaneous vibe, with tons of local businesses and attractions (“Keep Austin Weird” is actually the slogan of the Austin...

    Tags: Texas, USA
  • When people hear “Africa”, they think: poverty, wild animals, the Lion King. Initially, my brain was flooded with these same ideas, scenes of singing animals contrasting the reality of starving children. I went to South Africa, and to my disappointment, I saw no cuddly lion cubs belting out “I...

  • The peak of Mt. San Jacinto is10,834 feet in elevation, about two miles above my home in Palm Springs, California. I have often gazed at the peak, in awe of its grandeur and getting a slight sense of vertigo from my intense fear of heights. At a towering five foot one myself, this mountain has...

  • It was the size of my palm, and it could have eaten me. Well, that’s an exaggeration. But the spider was enormous, marked with war stripes, its black legs poking at the metal roof above me. I’d never had company like this in the shower before, but it wasn’t the first surprise I’d received in...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  •             This past summer my family and I toured southern Germany. My mother’s side of the family came from Germany and I was very excited to see where some of my family was from.            We left Omaha on July 7, 2009 and landed in Frankfurt the next day. After we landed we headed off to...

    Tags: Europe
  •                For years I had dreamed of going on a mission trip. A chance to be able to express my love for service and kids was fast approaching. I was walking through the airport with this surreal feeling of happiness, excitement, and little bit of nervousness. It was my first time out of the...

    Tags: Caribbean

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