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  • Life is a lot like climbing a mountain. There are the ups, the downs, the “are we there yet?” moments, and the moments when you wonder where the trail will lead.  From the forested Blue Ridge Mountains to the United States’ westernmost peaks, my life is bounded by the heights I choose to conquer....

  •   Steady snowfall for hours on end, temperatures below 30 degrees, and dropping, mounds of snow heaped up on the sides of the roads, and it just so happened that as the state of New Jersey was experiencing these weather conditions, I was midair headed to Florida for a cruise with family and...

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  •      In years past, when I thought of traveling to a foreign country, I pictured myself relaxing on an exotic beach, or staying in a five star hotel. Though some people may have an experience like the one I have just described on their trip, my experience on my first foreign trip was very...

  • In loving memory of my deceased uncle, my dear aunt generously treated twenty-three members of my extended family to an Eastern Caribbean Cruise in November 2009. The family came from Colorado, Utah, Minnesota and Slovakia to Florida where the ten-day party began.   Hakuna Matada is not exactly my...

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  • Millions upon millions of sightseers and thrill seekers flock to Arizona to view the Grand Canyon every year; but for my family and me, the journey is what counted. A few years ago, we planned a trip to see the Grand Canyon in all its beauty, but instead of flying or driving to it directly, we...

  • As my family and I piled into our big, white van, there was so much excitement in the air you could practically taste it. I felt like an eager little child on Christmas Eve- I seriously could not wait any longer! The ten hour drive to California felt like an eternity. We were finally going on the...

  • “Put your bags in the car and lets go!” my now agitated mother screamed for the one hundredth time. The clock on the wall read 2:00AM and my brain hadn’t awakened to control my movements, yet miraculously I advanced toward the vehicle. We were on our way to experiencing “the vacation of a lifetime...

  • Last year, my family and I traveled to Australia for a two week family vacation. Because my mother had been an exchange student there during high school, we decided to travel with her host parents. We arrived in Sydney the first day after an exhausting 14 hour flight. After meeting my mother’...

  • Everyone knows that a vacation at the beach is bound to bring sunburns, memories, and sand in places where it shouldn’t be.  My family and I recently visited California where we stayed at a small coastal town called Avila Beach.  Avila Beach is known for its small, safe environment along with its...

  • I’ve always considered myself to be African American. Never did I question the surveys or questionnaires that had that single bubble classifying a whole society into one large culture. I guess this is because I never really had long exposure to the pure form of the West Indian culture. It wasn’t...

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