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It was July of 2009. My family was going to our annual trip up to Pennsylvania to visit my Aunt Janet at her lake house. Our destination: Indian Lake. Why? to celebrate the fourth of July. With a family of five, airplane ticket costs were out of the question. Instead of flying, there was...Tags:
When I try and think of my favorite travel experience, my mind goes numb and I’m forced to ride through various memories that include cute accents, long car rides, short plane rides and eclectic restaurants. Normally, the feeling of adventure that returns is soon shattered when I look down and...Tags:
Sun, beach, and the beautiful ocean all spread before me. I was on my way to Hawaii with my mom and the Spirit of Arkansas Honor Band. Simply looking out the window and seeing the amazing blue, sparkling water below made me realize that I was now entering paradise. But not only did I learn a lot...Tags:
Sequoia. A breath taking sight to behold no matter what season. A haven for people seeking an escape from their daily stressful routines. The park is blessed with wise old trees towering at unbelievable heights. If you visit the forest you will be left with an unforgettable experience just as I...Tags:
Ah, Summer. The August air was moist and school was approaching ever so rapidly. My main goal was trying to embrace the last month of freedom. Camp had just ended, and I had acquired many new friends and heart-warming memories that would forever leave their handprints on my heart. I wasn't aware...Tags:
It came. I knew it would, even before I exited the flight. The small plane had just landed at the Knoxville Airport in Tennessee, and my apprehension had already escalated to a sizeable amount. The seatbelt sign turned off, and it was time to enter a new world. I took a deep breath, hastily grabbed...Tags:
This was a trip three years in the making.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPFrom the moment we stepped off the plane, the thick, balmy air hit me like a wall of tropical bricks, inducing the hazy, dreamlike feeling that dominated the week. Walking through the airport, we...Tags:
With a depressing sigh, I quit the windowsill with a leap from it, and slowly slumped back onto the couch in the executive suite's living room, my eyes still heavy from the lack of sleep the night before. Of all the days it just had to rain, it had to be today: the day when the family was planning...Tags:
Eight years ago my brother, my father, and I stood in wonder of the intimate loneliness of Joshua Tree National Park. Saying more in our silence than words could ever hope to capture, the three of us formed an unspoken bond that has united us ever since. This was my younger brother's first real...Tags:
Have you ever been to a place that just makes you feel at home? Maybe somewhere you feel so comfortable and at ease that you almost never think of going home? And then when it is time to go home, you don't want to leave. Well I get that feeling every time I go to visit my grandparents. They live in...Tags: