Vacations

  • No one had to tell me to feel the way I did. I felt it all on my own. With depths as bottomless as the ocean, and craters so vast they seemed to spread across the world forever, the view was like nothing I had ever seen, or have since. As the scorching sun baked me like a cookie I knew I was...

  • Every summer I visit family in Seattle. The weather is always a million degrees cooler than Houston, TX, where I live. I love the change in scenery and lifestyle. Since I live in the suburbs, I am unacquainted with the hustle and bustle of city life. There are so many activities to do outdoors in...

  • The four hour and thirty minute drive to Kemah, Texas was enough to give me the audacity to jump out the window and join the bugs as they splat against the passing cars. I sleep half the time and look out the window the other half of the time. I am always looking, looking out of the window to see...

  • The smoggies is what they were called. Or at least that’s what my grandparents, who on a humanitarian trip with a local church, had told me they were called. Made up largely of third and fourth generation Irish immigrants, though not by any means limited to a single demographic (the area seemed to...

  • Fear is the one, invisible deterrent that stops me from making the most of my life. Fear is not a person or a physical obstacle, but I too often live my life dominated by its unseen hand. But on May 27, 2016, I was determined to live my life ruled by courage. May 27 marked my first trip to...

  • Orcinus Orca. The Killer Whale. They do justice to this nickname—a pod of orcas can defeat a Great White Shark.  They are the top predator of the ocean. However, they are also curious, playful, and expressive creatures whose strength and beauty cannot be denied. There are few places in the world...

  • It’s a tradition in my family that we take at least one cruise annually.  Last summer, it was a seven day cruise to the Southern Caribbean.  We piled into the car, drove to the airport, flew to Miami, and from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Our itinerary included: Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St....

  • Our small group of teenagers huddled together as we followed our counselor into the clearing. Not three feet before us, the ground fell away into an earthen waterfall of rock and creeper vines. Thousands of trees clustered below, their leaves capped with sunlight. A couple of birds spiraled upward...

  • As I looked out the car window, we passed a short concrete hut-like building. And then we passed another, and in the next village, another one. I asked my mom what these strange buildings were. I had never seen anything like them before. She replied, "bomb shelters." As we drove through a small...

  • The Caribbean islands have long been considered the ideal travel destination for their beautiful beaches, sunny weather, and vibrant culture. The island of St. Lucia embodies all of these notions and so much more. In 2011, my family and I left our home-state of Indiana and embarked on our journey...

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