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  •   We had just completed the Double Hawaiian rapid of the Pigeon River, and a breathtaking sunset in the distance was our reward for a day of hard work. I closed my eyes and laid back in the red solo boat that had carried me faithfully down so much intense whitewater that summer, and I relished in...

  • As we trekked through the forest, the salty Caribbean Ocean meandered through our naive nostrils. Using my peripheral vision to assure I was following the group, my eyes scanned the ground for tree roots and soldier ants. Finally the heavily packed dirt beneath my feet gave way into sand as we...

  •   During the summer of 2008, I took a vacation with my family to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was my first trip outside of my home country, the United States. It impacted me in many ways because it was so different compared to the U.S. I learned a lot about the country on this trip; not only was it a...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • During our trip to Nags Head, North Carolina, I learned a very important thing: never stay with relatives. The trip took seven hours from where we live in Clover, South Carolina, to the outer banks of North Carolina, where Nags Head is located. Not only did we almost get killed by a maniac while...

  •            As the last minute rolled over into the four am hour I was awoken by the repetitive sounds of my normal alarm. I was in world of comfort in my warm bed not only because I was accompanied by my large black lab who insisted on snuggling beside me but because it was the middle of July....

  • With a staggering length of over two kilometers and a surface water flow twice the amount of Niagara falls, the Iguazu Falls are one of the largest groups of waterfalls on planet Earth.  In December 2011, I had the honor of visiting this natural wonder of the world.  I stayed at the Sheraton...

  •   The first words you see, welcoming you into my state, are “Nebraska... the good life.” You can be sure these words speak truth, as you find a mixture of country, city, and suburban life throughout the state. Home of Carhenge, and Chimney Rock, there are plenty of historical landmarks to visit...

  • It could have been yesterday: The tangled stratum of purposeful noises, the primitive industrial pollution, the draft of oriental fragrances, the fluctuating wall of rushed foreign syllables. It was a world of western desire despite the eastern reality. I remember the chaotic bicycle traffic, the...

  • On my trip to India, I experienced much joy and saw the pain of others. A group of teenagers, including myself, and a couple of adults arrived at the Orlando air port before the suns decide to show. We all loaded up into the first plane to go to the John F. Kennedy air port in New York. After some...

    Tags: Africa
  • Imagine a small, picturesque island off the shores of Ohio in Lake Erie. It is small, but filled with trees and wildlife. Picture that same island filled with tourists and shady gift shops, and then fill it with cars and golf carts. Take that same island, and fill it once more with the smell of...

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