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  • In the summer of 2006, Aunt Kathy and Uncle Bob introduced Mom and I to the mountains.  Our vacation brought me closer to not only my aunt and uncle, but to nature as well.  My experiences inspired in me a deep appreciation for nature’s beauty and importance.  Arriving in Vail, Colorado was like...

  • Even before my crew of 13 (nine boys and four dads) had arrived at Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico, we’d heard the stories of Black Mountain.  I didn’t believe them, I mean who would?  Near vertical slopes, loose rocks, and an all but nonexistent trail? We told ourselves that it was impossible,...

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    Tags: Africa
  • A couple years ago, my father asked my mother if he could take me to Mexico to see my grandmother, whom I last saw when I was two years old.  During the minute it took her to make up her mind, I sent her every type of ‘negative’ subliminal message imaginable.  I was not successful and the next week...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Slovakia. No it’s not near Kazakhstan. Nor is it in the Middle East. If your geography is failing you, does Czechoslovakia ring a bell? Actually, Czechoslovakia dissolved almost twenty years ago and if you look at a map of Central Europe, right next to the Czech Republic is Slovakia. Although...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • I’m going to Haiti today. That was my first thought when I woke up this past May 6th. The reality still hadn’t hit me, partially because it was 1:00am and I was insanely disoriented, but also because somehow it still hadn’t sunk in that little old 5’5 me had been chosen out of all the other...

  •   The bottoms of my feet were as smooth as silk. I have never gotten my feet exfoliated at a spa, nor has it ever even crossed my mind that I could improve much about their appearance with a little care. However, after one special trip to the Cayman Islands, my feet and my mind were opened up...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Tecumseh is a small Michigan town consisting of about 8,521 residents. The name “Tecumseh” comes from the Shawnee Indian leader Chief Tecumseh. Later the city used the Indian Chief as the school mascot while also naming other things including a park called Indian Crossing Trails Park. Tecumseh...

  • Woosh! The wind blows in our faces as the taxi makes a hairpin turn onto a main road. The dust kicks up off the dirt road every now and then, but it doesn’t impede our senses as we continue to soak in the breathtakingly lush environment, mountainous landscape, and sites of the city around us.  As...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • 'Well, you could have taken a mule,' stated my mother. This all started on our trip to the Mediterranean, on a cruise. We were riding on a boat traveling from Mt. Oya to Santorini, Greece. 'There are three ways to travel up to the top of the city,' explained our tour guide, 'by mule up a path, by...

    Tags: Europe

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