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  • As the only child in my family, my parents try their hardest to keep me safe. My dad especially keeps a watchful eye over his little only; only I'm not little anymore. I just graduated from high school this past May. My best friend and I talked about a trip we would take the summer before college...

  • After a ten hour drive across California, Nevada, and into Utah, it is always nice to step out of the car and take in the fresh mountain air. At a quick stop, on the way into Salt Lake City to pick up my older brother, Danny, my family drove through Zion National Park, a gorgeous piece of land...

  • There are many Canadian national parks, but perhaps the oldest and most well know is the Banff National Park, located 110—180  km (68—110 mi) west of Calgary, Alberta. Its large area (6,641 sq km; 2,564 sq mi) features many different landscapes including mountains, glaciers and ice fields, and...

  • I have always been intrigued by my dad’s homeland. Nestled in between Costa Rica and Colombia, Panamá is a tropical country filled with rainforests, exotic animals, and thousands of Panamanians proud of their country.  But while Panamá is a culturally rich land, many Panamanian citizens live...

  • I sat in the very back of a small plane out of Duluth, Minnesota. My ticket read seat 2A, but the flight attendant asked my family to move due to weight distribution on the plane. So much for a good view out of the window with no plane wing in sight. I sipped on ginger ale to calm my stomach after...

  • You may think that a fun and awesome family trip would be to somewhere like Disneyland, but for me, the perfect family trip was when I went to Six Flags with my whole family. I have gone to Six Flags before, but never with my whole family. One evening, two or three weeks before the trip, my family...

  •   Rome, is it too cliché to say it’s the most amazing place in the world? Can anyone possibly have enough view of the world to make that kind of accusation? I’d like to think that after living overseas for 11 out of my 16 years, visiting 5 continents and more than 30 countries, I have a pretty...

    Tags: Europe
  • My mother grasped my wrist and pushed me swiftly along the sidewalk. She pivoted to motivate my father to walk faster, and it was then that I saw what mom had nervously been trying to get us away from: he stood at about five feet two inches, with a ghostly white face and dirty hands. He was just a...

    Tags: Asia
  • From May 20th to May 25th of the year 2012, I attended a trip sponsored by the Rotary International, District 7490, along with over a hundred other high school juniors to, The Indian Head Camp, in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The trip was called R.Y.L.A. This stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award...

  • I recall staring into a portion of cut out ground, a hole, approximately 6 ft on each side containing several bodies. Meanwhile, the blistering sun beat down upon my shoulders while around me wild animals approached ever closer. In the distance, twin volcanoes broke the horizon, preeminent in the...

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