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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...Tags:
Early this summer, I took an amazing road trip with my family. We drove from Kirkland, WA across Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, to see Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone State Park. We left the day school got out for my brother Aidan and I. Along the way, we toured other less known places...Tags:
“Can we Dad? Puh-leeeez?” I batted my eyes. We had planned to leave Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico before lunch and had gotten to the park around 3:00 AM after a long night of driving, so I knew my chances were slim. My Dad was a fanatic for keeping to his perfectly-planned schedule, but his...Tags:
What a spring break it was! Fifty students and adults from my high school toured Greece and Italy from March 25th through April 14th. Our journey back in time began in the city of Florence where we went on walking tours with our guide and visited ancient Italian Churches and the Gates of Paradise....Tags:
Independence As our strenuous junior school year came to a close, my friends and I were bubbling with anticipation for the upcoming, and much needed summer vacation. While the rest of my friends were excited to spend the lazy summer days lying by a pool, I had already made the most life changing...Tags:
I knew the moment I got off that plane in London’s Heathrow Airport that that choir trip would be once in a lifetime. I had to see and feel everything I could, because even though I knew I would come back, I had no idea how long it would be until then. I remember there was moss growing on the...Tags:
Volunteering in My Native Land June 2008, I volunteered to work with young children in the Central American country of Guatemala.I joined a United States based program called Cross Cultural Solutions.It was a colorful time chocked full of new experiences and long-lasting memories. I arrived in...Tags:
My level of excitement went over the limit when some of my classmates and I arrived at the Jamestown Settlement Park. Everything became surreal after the long two hour bus drive, and I did not have a clue as to what was awaiting ahead of our road. This was my first time traveling without my...Tags:
As I stood on the top of the mountain on a chilly August morning, I knew I was learning some of the most important lessons I’d ever learn in my life. Two nights before, I had arrived in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with a missions group from my church. I had been nearly forced into the trip by my father,...Tags:
As a child, I never acknowledged my mom’s lack of developed English. In fact, I treated the anomaly as a game for my young self to decipher and put together, like pieces of a puzzle. It wasn’t until one of my fourth grade classmates mocked her English did I realize that the discrepancies between...Tags: