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“You don’t take a vacation, vacation takes you”. Such accurate words to describe my experience during my travels away from home July second through the seventeenth. I left my home in Tonopah, Arizona, which I would be away from for two weeks, on the afternoon of the second with my grandmother,...Tags:
Doing more physical activity than required is unusual for me. I almost always take the easier and less steep trail, the lighter weight and the less competitive sport, not because I am lazy, but because I doubt my athletic abilities in comparison to my peers. So when I heard myself tell my canoe...Tags:
We planned the trip for two months. Our mission: to go into the small, remote country of Estonia and have the greatest time of our lives while changing the lives of others. It would be a ten day trip that no one would soon forget. The plane ride to Denmark took approximately nine hours. While it ...Tags:
The white picket fences have become stained with dullness and predictability. The porches and decks have collapsed in coziness, and the SUVs and minivans have lost their new car smell and shine. Even the few authentic pizza joints have become exploited by tourist brochures and Instagram.I have...Tags:
Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist and nature writer, once said, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” In other words, people can find strength in the beauty of Earth. Even after all of the wars and...Tags:
I watched helplessly as my father continued to make a fool of himself. "You sure you don't want any help?" I asked. He grumbled as he reached for the bag of stakes. "I don't think-" "I know what I'm doing Zach, I've been doing this for forty years!" He barked. I sighed and crossed my arms. I stared...Tags:
When I first arrived, I was cranky, exhausted, and annoyed. All I wanted to do was sprawl on a bed and sleep. Jet lag was not working well with me. On top of that, it took us forever to try and find our hotel. By the time we had arrived, I was now thirsty and hungry as well as cranky, exhausted,...Tags:
It was surreal. The boat skidded over choppy waves as we passed lush, green islands with radiant, sandy beaches. The ocean spray was cool to my face as I leaned over the rail and squinted to scan the horizon. I was looking for the afternoon’s destination, but what I found was my future. We were in...Tags:
Arizona, made famous by the Grand Canyon, is a popular tourist destination. From the Colorado Plateau to the Sonoran Desert, Arizona has something for everybody. Arizona is a state that is home to many unique forms of wildlife and significant cultural and historic places...Tags:
During months of anticipation, I knew Africa would be life-changing but I could scarcely imagine how that promise would morph into reality. Now that I am here having daily experiences that reveal something new about myself and those around me, I am not sure how I can serve this...Tags: