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  • The first thing people think of when they hear the word "Oregon" is rain.  Dreary, drizzly, non-stop bleariness Oregon. In contrast, I picture the white-crested waves of the Lincoln City Beach, the snow-dusted slopes of Mount Hood, the cascading waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge, and sky-...

    Tags: Exploring, Oregon, USA
  • A place to visit when mentioning small rural towns is Gaston, Oregon. A point to note though, blink and you’ll miss it as the highway only clearly marks the center of town as a few hundred yards, from sign to sign. With only average of 634 (it fluctuates up or down about five people but every...

    Tags: Heritage, Oregon, USA
  • My mother, grandfather, and I flew to Cuba near the end of June. When we arrived in Havana, our taxi driver took us to the Panorama Hotel located in the Municipio Playa province. We discovered that only the hotel room is air-conditioned, not the entire hotel. Once we had unpacked we went to visit...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Welkom bij Wassenaar!  Welcome to Wassenaar!  Wassenaar is a quaint Dutch town which lies between The Hague and Leiden, two major cities along the Netherlands North Sea Coast. Wassenaar is more homey and calm than these metropolitan cities. While you can have the familiarity of home, you can also...

    Tags: Europe
  • I was literally above the clouds. I could just make out the ant-sized city of Gatlinburg below me, and the mountains seemed to go on forever. This view, from Charles’ Bunion on the Appalachian Trail, was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. My third hiking trip on the Appalachian...

  • The theme of my trip to Paris was simple: convince all the natives that I belong. Seeing as the trip was for my 16th birthday, and my insufferably touristy mother was accompanying me, this simple motto became a challenge. Luckily, my mother succumbed to my whines and wishes and let me act as...

  •    It was going to be ok. I wasn’t going to lose my dinner from the night before. I tried to keep telling myself that as we started to take off. Having never been on a plane before, this wasn’t an experience I was going to remember fondly. Here’s a peace of advice for anyone about to fly: do NOT...

  • Nothing is more beautiful to take one’s breath away than the Grand Canyon. My eyes could only behold a small part of the massive 1,218,375 acre area. This summer I took a trip to the Grand Canyon, where I visited both the North Rim and the South Rim. It was one of my favorite travel experiences,...

  • In May I traveled to Paris, France with 19 other classmates and teachers. I was excited, and had expected to arrive into a city of wonderful food, historical art, and trendy fashionable people roaming the streets. I was pleased to find that all of my expectations had been met, and then some. What...

  • Throughout my life I have experienced many positives and many negatives. What I have learned about my negative experiences is that they always become positive sometime later in my life. As humans we judge things quickly. We know almost instantly how we feel about something. I have learned to deal...

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