Vacations

  • I stood in front of a small wood building that almost blended into the alpine landscape around it. An overstuffed backpack dangled off my shoulders, full of rented mountaineering gear that I though made me look pretty hardcore, though I had little idea how to use any of it. I wasn’t worried, though...

  • Nigel no Monogatari (The Story of Nigel)   On the humid evening of August 20, 2007, Paul Knieser drove a minivan while his five children rode in the back seats. He drove slowly searching and praying for a gravelly gray opening between two painted lines: a parking spot in Walt Disney World, Florida...

  • As the summer of 2005 came to an end, my family of five was about to embark on our annual camping trip to Oregon's Crater Lake National Park, near Medford, Oregon. For those who have not had the opportunity to visit the park, Crater Lake is an enormous lake that was formed ages ago by the volcanic...

  • When it comes to our annual family trip from Texas to Colorado, my dad doesn't believe in modern technology. No Ipods, no airplanes. No TV in the car. Cell phone for emergencies only. I'm surprised we actually even use an automobile, given that I'm sure somewhere 'round these here parts we could...

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