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  •  After a mentally and physically exhausting two week mission trip, my team and I were beyond ready to enjoy some well-earned fun in the city of Chaig Mai, Thailand. That morning we left the small town where we were working, Sawankhalok, full of anticipation. The weather was gorgeous, the scenery...

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    Tags: Asia
  • In my state, New Mexico, the name of the title says it all, “ Land of Enchantment”. Enchantment coming from the Great caverns in southern New Mexico to the open flat plains in Eastern side. As well as the Southern Rocky mountain chain in northern part of the state. The city I stay in is...

  • Mist shrouded our 4x4 Jeep as we crawled up Route 606 to Monteverde, Costa Rica. The rocks on the unpaved road had been jostling us back and forth inside of our car for close to three hours. Very slowly, we had been climbing away from Arenal and into the clouds.HONORABLE MENTION 2014 FTF TEEN...

  • A tomato. Some call it a fruit, some a vegetable. Some call it delicious, others disgusting. Up until the 221st day of my 16th year on Earth, I was a proud member of the “Tomatoes are disgusting!” group. I had to pay $3,000, travel 4,000 miles, get on five busses, one airplane, and pack the largest...

    Tags: Europe
  • It was the Big Day at Steens Mountain Running Camp and the nerves from the night before had become more severe in the morning. I woke up, looked around, saw the elite runners around me, and wondered whether I really belonged in this camp. I saw athletes putting on gear nicer than mine and...

  •  I had the opportunity to travel to London, England during my sophomore year of high school.  Sixteen young men and two English teachers ‘hopped across the pond’ on an 8 day, 7 night journey during our spring break.  We all gathered at our high school and a bus took us to NewarkLibertyAirport on a...

    Tags: England, Europe
  • “The Yindian Trip” is what we called it. Touring the southern part of India along with a tremendous family is really something. Every year we go on vacation, but this year was the best we had so far.   “Wake up Sachin anna (brother in Telugu), the plane is about to land”, I squealed eagerly at him...

    Tags: Africa
  •                 After being covered in snow during the short walk from the airport we made it into the truck where the adventure began. Driving up the steep mountain at midnight listening to Aerosmith I realized how much fun this trip was going to be. My best friend and both of our dads ventured on...

  • My eyes flutter open as the smell of papaya and salt water fill my nostrils. As my vision returns after the long night's rest, I can see the dark wooden ceiling and greenish grassed lining around my own little bure, resembling a type of “hut” that is only seen in movies of tropical islands. My legs...

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