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Spring Break 08

It was that time of year when everyone at school had been talking about who was going where for spring break. The hotspot like always is Myrtle Beach ,South Carolina. My family and freinds' families all drove down and we had a blast... for the most part. It took sixteen long hours. These hours were filled with funny, boring, sleepy and serious times. Jokes were made and laughs were herd. When we...

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Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags over Texas is a great theme park. Even though it is a bit overpriced ($40-$50 for admission) it is still a very fun experience.  We went there when my friend Regan visited his grandparents in Garland, Texas. It is about one hour away from their house, in Arlington. When we went over the summer, our cousins came (they...

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Ten Tips for Traveling with Teens

It is the most difficult age for parents to deal with; many would just like to let their teens be and not bother with them. But there has to be a time for family unity, so why not create a time during vacation? You're probably thinking, how could vacation time be any different? Well, it can be if you follow a few tips that I, myself, who am in fact a teenager, am willing to give:

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How I Got My Sailing Grin

My parents aren’t sailors. My mom thinks the main sheet is a sail, and my dad thinks heeling means running like mad. But they both recognize my sailing grin, which erupts when you put water, a boat, and me in the same place. I think the grin first appeared my second summer of sailing.   On the last day of the session there was a long race to a stash of candy. We were paired...

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An Attempt at the Inexplicable

I have no idea why I love to sail. The more I ponder this topic, the less and less of an explanation I have to offer. My mind automatically reverts to the poetic cliché that sailing is all about freedom, boundaries balance, struggle, and thrill; about the feeling of being at the tiller, in charge of preserving the harmony between boat, wind and water; but, something deeper within me whispers...

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Why I Love Sailing

When I think of my experiences with sailing, two words come to mind, freedom and unpredictability. I now realize what attracted me to sailing in the beginning and why I continue sailing.  It’s human nature to yearn for freedom, and I’m human. When I go sailing, I feel free and can do whatever I want to do. Whether that entails sailing straight into the horizon or heeling is...

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Shop New York!

Where do hip girls ages 12-18 shop when they get to New York City? Well, they usally avoid the stores that are in the malls back home. Here are some of our favorite stores with location information. It's really easy to get around NY, especially if your mom gives you cab fare, and you can go online and see that many of them have more than one branch. When we go on vacation and have a chance...

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Winter Revelation

One of the most challenging and rewarding moments emerged the winter I went to Williams, Arizona with my church. It allowed me to get an indepth view, at my past, my future and the people that will accompany me on that path. It was a situation where the timing just seemed completely perfect and the experience reflected it. When I first realized that I was going to have to spend time with...

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Let’s Go To…

Check out these wacky town names in the United States that I read about in an article from an airline magazine. I so don't want to go to any of these places if I don't have to.The weird names include: Zip City, AL and Gas City, IN; False Pass, AK; Toad Suck, AR; Cabbage Patch, CA; Hygiene, CO; Two Egg, FL; and of course, Youth, GA.I wonder if Correctionville (IA)...

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Traveling with Parents

Traveling with parents is a conundrum. Travel is an escape. Parents??? Usually a lockdown for teens, but the fact of the matter is, traveling with parents is really worth it. Why you may ask? Well, because you get to see and do so much, even if it's with mom and dad.  From my experience, my father knows a lot about various places. To go somewhere with him brings you more...

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