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  •         My name is Mackenzie and in the summer of 2013, I was lucky enough to travel to Spain, England, and France with my family. The city that impressed and fascinated me the most was Toledo, a lively, vibrant, and historical city in central Spain (in the La Mancha region). Toledo is famous for...

  • Pounding warmly down, the sun rested high in the sky.  Surrounding locals lay out on verdant grass, bronzing their bodies and lazily relaxing.  The river rushed rapidly and reflected a gorgeous cerulean blue.  The riverbanks, laden with swimmers just exiting the water, contained a current that...

    Tags: Europe
  •   In 2005, I went out of the country for the first time. I was a precocious 12-year-old, out to see the world. My parents are incredible people who believe that the best way to learn about a culture and a people are to experience them, and I totally agree. We traveled to the incredible country of...

    Tags: Asia
  •               There she was, smiling back at me, bright blue eyes shining happily. An image of years ago when I had no worries, no cares, no problems greater than not getting what I wanted for lunch or having to go to the dentist. I sat perched in a large replica of a wooden clog; small as I...

  • I agreed to go on the mission trip to Brazil because now that the seniors had graduated we lacked any form of student leadership. My youth minister, Tony, saw this problem and he asked me to take the role of a leader. This two week long service project in Brazil included traveling to schools,...

  •  Hiking in Vibrams and a bathing suit felt equivalent to hiking barefoot in a girdle. Vibrams are a pair of 5-fingered shoes designed with 5 individual slots to eat of your toes.  The other students were equipped with expensive hiking boots while I heavily relied on one pair of all-purpose...

  • I am from Hawaii. No, I do not go to the beach everyday. No, I do not live in a grass hut. And, no, not everyone here can do the hula. Those are the answers to a few of the questions I get asked whenever I tell someone where I live. I get asked many questions about my home. However, the one...

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  • My Father and Step Mother always take my brothers and me on annual vacations.  In 2009, they took us on our first cruise to the Bahamas.  In 2010 they took us on a cruise to Canada.  I speak for all of us when I say: to date our most memorable vacation was June 19, 2011 (Father's Day). We took...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • A chill wind, a towering band of mountains, a light snowfall, the distinct scent of lush green pines, maybe a curious bear in the tree line if you’re lucky. These are among the first things that herald you as you pass through the small eastern gate of Yellowstone National Park and into a world...

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