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Can you imagine a place where the waters are as clear and blue as the sky, where the mountains reach proudly toward the heavens in hopes of touching its lowest bow, where the weather is great year-round? In the mountains on the border of Nevada and California such a place exists. Lake Tahoe is a...Tags:
Some people might think that a campus tour is something trivial and tiring, but I think that it is something exciting and intriguing. My campus tour to the University of Texas (UT) at Austin had to be one of the most memorable things that I have done this summer. I remember being...Tags:
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...Tags:
What I remember now, after everything has passed, is standing still on a Tokyo train, eleven thirty-five pm, and time marching on. We were riding home—the Kobokan community center, placed in a tired little neighborhood near the Hikifune station (as places are judged, in the city). Even this late,...Tags:
The icy water hits me like a slap to the face. Spluttering and gasping for air, I wedge my foot even more tightly under the safety strap at the front of the raft and try not to fall overboard. Through the water in my ears and the roaring of the rapids, I can faintly hear our raft guide, Mark,...Tags:
Last summer I found myself discontent and unsatisfied with the current state of mind. Living in a small, rural town in northern Georgia I often find myself disoriented from the general interests and beliefs of those around me. Not that they’re not good people, its just that when one is...Tags:
In the summer of 2007 my family took off for a 3-week long road trip to the Grand Canyon. This is the same trip my mother took with her family as a child. She was determined we would do the same. Day one we made it to Texas. We visited San Antonio and Six Flags. We also walked the River Walk where...Tags:
It was midnight, but it was far from dark. I rested my head against the glass and tried to sleep. No. I was too excited. I stared out of the tiny window and the quiet wonder of city lights took hold of me. I was in awe of the sparkling skyline, as it got smaller and smaller and eventually...Tags:
As I stepped off the plane I knew that I was in a different world. The air was cleaner and fresher. I felt like I could actually taste the mountains in the air. Germany, I have arrived. I felt this great country wrap me in its arms and welcomed me. My uncle was getting married to a German woman in...Tags:
I am a seventeen year old girl and last year popularity got to my head. I was a “church-goer”, always have been, but I stopped caring. I was drunk, high, hung over, or all of the above, most, if not everyday of the week. My parents have never been strict, and have always trusted me greatly, so they...Tags: