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"I've had enough! Can't we stop now?" "We're not stopping now, honey. We've climbed this far and either way, we'll have to climb back. Let's move out!" These words were my father’s, addressing my mother, sister, and I, slumped on boulders, exhausted after the...Tags:
I would go insane if I lived in a place like this. The dirt, rocks, and sagebrush look the same mile after mile, in contrast with the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains looming in the background of the desolate Owens Valley. My mom steers the motorhome from Highway 395 onto a dirt road. We pass an...Tags:
Ever feel like you’ve maybe spent too much time in the city? The constant rush can really wear down on a person. Well, I have found a place for you, fellow city-dweller. Minocqua, Wisconsin is the perfect escape for one settle down in for a week or two of vacation. I’ve been to many places where...Tags:
I slowly drift out of a light sleep and glance out of the plane window as we descend into Managua. I notice the endless expanse of Lake Managua that could easily be mistaken as ocean. The volcanoes, jutting out of the tropical landscape, lush and imposing, oblivious to the fear and awe they evoke....Tags:
Japan has been a part of my identity for as long as I can remember. I consider Japanese my co-first language (along with English), I celebrate all the major Japanese holidays, and I regularly drive out to Torrance with my mother to go to Mitsuwa and Marukai, two major Japanese markets at which we...Tags:
Travel is about more than just seeing the sights, it's about connecting with the locals and taking on new adventures that will lead you to the great unforeseen destination. In Australia I found these travel ideals to be completely fulfilled; but for me one Sydney night perfectly...Tags:
The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, Gotham City. Whatever you call it, New York City is dazzling and unforgettable. The Statue of Liberty stretches her arm upwards, her torch pointing to the sky, welcoming the “tired, poor…huddled masses, yearning to breathe free”.In the summer of 2011, my...Tags:
5:30 a.m.- the car is packed and everyone is ready to go! Woo! The Outer Banks awaits! This is the trip our family has been waiting for all year long! So, naturally, everyone is excited, well except the dogs. They know we're going away for a few days and they're sure to miss us. So we hit...Tags:
Contrary to popular belief there’s more to Los Angeles than Hollywood celebrities, palm trees, and surfers. Within the massive heart of Southern California, northeast of downtown lies the San Gabriel Valley, home to the beautiful and historical city of Pasadena. From the “Granddaddy of them all,...Tags:
When we first arrived in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, it was pitch black outside, except for the headlights on our van. No one got the full effect of how this would be for four days until the next morning. The cold startled each one of us as we stepped out of our tents and into the frozen vans. Our...Tags: