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The summer of 2006 was the most memorable one of my life. My mom, younger brother, and I took a weeklong trip down to the quaint little town of Wesley Chapel, Florida, which lies right outside Tampa. I had never been before, but wasn't remarkably excited when I heard that we were going down there...Tags:
On their honeymoon, my parents biked across the United States, beginning their journey in Middletown, New York and ending it in Aberdeen, Washington. My parents say that once they arrived in Aberdeen, they fell in love with the area and decided to make it their home, our home. In making Aberdeen...Tags:
"Rivers and Roads" plays out loud on a big yellow school bus. I woke up that morning on a gym floor with 26 other teens from all over Kentucky. Now we are headed to Arc of Alabama to garden and clean and help out in anyway we can, but yesterday we worked at Books for Africa, Atlanta, and tomorrow…...Tags:
It was 4 in the morning on a hot day in July of 2008. I was standing in the empty parking lot of my church with 20 of my closest friends and their luggage awaiting our bus, and its driver, hoping for greatness (and cleanliness) in both. After waiting in anxious anticipation for quite a while, our...Tags:
Maui Awakening Two short weeks before Christmas my family and I ventured across the pacific to take a vacation. For me, the last few weeks of 2009 were spent exploring the warm, tropical island of Maui, Hawaii. In my lifetime, I have traveled to many states across the country, but none...Tags:
I believe I can safely state that we have all had a time where the desire for a restroom outweighs any rational decision making typical of humans. You know what I’m talking about--like that time you were in Belize and chose the bucket over the latrine in the middle of a massive thunderstorm, or...Tags:
As the glistening sun peeked above the clouds I could see the outline of one of the most beautiful natural creations-a volcano. I have always dreamt of traveling around the world exploring the glorious sites that make every place unique, but this trip to Costa Rica would change my outlook on life...Tags:
The rain steadily fell in misty sheets, so that the landscape was partly obscured by a dewy veil. Our train chugged through damp German villages, swaying gently from side to side. The grey horizon showed no sign of a mood change.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPOne of my...Tags:
Redding, California is not usually high on the summer destination list of travelers. Known primarily for the extreme heat (with temperatures reaching upwards of 110ËšF) and not much else, Redding is often bypassed in favor of cities to the north and south with milder climates and happening...Tags:
It is the sound of the grandfather clock, the slow chiming of life pulling away from my grasp, leaving behind things like the thin scrape of the sliding doors and the soapy smell of the bathroom. It is the end of childhood, the end of frozen Christmas cookies, the end of the tall Christmas...Tags: