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Standing on the ledge, I glance down at the ocean looming beneath me. “Alright, here we go, Kimberly.” says a man’s voice. I’m so petrified I can barely force the words from my mouth. “Can I have a second?” I manage to utter. “No, the wind is bad today. You have to go right now! Alright, on...Tags:
What shocks me the most as I stare through the dirty car window is how far away from home I feel. We’ve left the familiar pine forests of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and entered a part of the country where the sky goes on forever with only distant mountains sharply jutting upward interrupting the...Tags:
Ever hear of York, Pennsylvania? I doubt it. Who has? Well, other than the people living here and a few historical gurus (York has an interesting history), not many. I’ll admit you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who thinks York is big; it sure isn’t New York City or L.A. After saying that, you...Tags:
In November of 2010 I visited New York City. That’s right; I went north (from sunny, warm Las Vegas) in the winter. It sounds like a crazy thing to do, but it was worth every one of my frozen fingers and toes. If you can help it though, you would probably enjoy your trip to NYC more if you don...Tags:
Most people come back from summer vacation with a new tan, a new outfit, and new, exciting stories to tell. Everyone greets each other with the usual "How was your summer?" and then proceeds to sum up their vacations in a few sentences. But when I came back from my trip to the Philippines, I could...Tags:
Creeping along the shoreline, moist sand clings to the bottoms of your feet. The full moon is bright across the dark blue ocean, and a salty mist hangs in the air. Suddenly, you notice a large figure emerge from the water, slowly surfing its way toward the beach. The sea turtle washes in with...Tags:
I spent two weeks of July, summer of 2009, traveling to seven different countries in Europe with the Oregon Ambassadors of Music. We visited London England, Paris France, Crans-Montana Switzerland, Vaduz Lichtenstein, Seefeld Austria, Venice Italy, and Rothenburg Germany. I could write a page or...Tags:
I felt an awkward tingling creeping throughout my body as I slowly padded barefoot to the entrance of the public pool, wearing nothing but a towel around my waist. As I shuffled into the pool area, I reluctantly slipped off my towel, revealing my bare bottom for the whole world to see. A winter...Tags:
This past July, my family and I took a white water rafting vacation in West Virginia. We arrived on a Thursday afternoon, when the sun was casting down its hottest rays. Our cabin was upgraded for that first night. The enhanced cabin included a hot tub and its own shower. That night, we were...Tags:
The sound of screaming fans was the only thing that could be heard as my mother and I looked on, confused as to why there were thousands of boisterous Madrilenos crowded outside Bernabeu Stadium. “Maybe there’s a game?” she asked me with a questioning look. “Mom”, I answered...Tags: