Vacations

  • I ease my water shoes into the chilly water, trusting our leader to guide us safely through the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Our excursion group stayed together as directed: holding hands in a human chain, relying on one another’s help to shuffle, swim, and climb up the slippery rock....

  • I am standing on a cliff staring out at the Pacific Ocean for the first time. Below me sea lions wail to each other as they crowd the rocky crags of the cliffs, and I am in complete awe of just how big an ocean can be. The Pacific Ocean stretches out seemingly endlessly in front of me; the only end...

  • My white knuckles were frozen as I clutched the metal railing.  Its silvery color glistened in the light.  It was actually quite beautiful: The rainbow of greys and silvers reflected in the boat, the cloud-covered sky, and the choppy waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  The beauty of my...

  • Glimpsing out our train's family room window I watched as, complete with the new World Trade building's opening that morning, the New York City skyline slowly became swallowed in a hazy mist of shrinking horizon created by the furthering distance of miles. I folded shut the book I had planned to...

  •             “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” These are the insightful words of John Muir, famed outdoorsman and conservationist. I found much truth in these words as my family's van, packed tight with skis and thick snow suits, ascended into the snowcapped peaks...

  • In 10 hours, my view changed from a sea of blue to a sea of green, yellow, and gold. Green hills of potato plants, gold fields of wheat, and touches of bright yellow mustard in between surrounded me from all directions. It was as if I were looking at a painting of a bucolic scene and I was the tiny...

  • An hour and a half north of Seattle, in a town called Anacortes, lies a tourist trap that comprises of a gift shop full of whale memorabilia and a dock along which are a slew of large, imposing nautical vessels bobbing innocently in the cold, dead, unforgiving water. At least, that was my first...

  • The imagination of a child can go to great extremes. I always imagined myself exploring castles and going out on adventures while riding on a unicorn, going through streets filled with everything I loved and could imagine. But of course that was like 10 years ago. I’m too old for that now, or so I...

  • We were an interesting bunch. Me, my little sister, my mom, her two sisters, their two daughters, and my grandmother. 8 women, from 3 generations, on a trip across the northernmost parts of India. We were driving up, near the mountain peaks, when we stepped out of the car momentarily, to absorb the...

  • Have you ever been on vacation abroad and become frustrated because you can’t find a Starbucks or a fast food joint? So have I. But through my travels with my family I have realized that sticking with what was familiar and comfortable was seriously limiting my travel experiences. A new place became...

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