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I'm the kind of person who is easily enthralled by the romanticized ideas of adventure. Having always loved fantasy novels and the like, the concept of exploring something completely new and unknown is entrancing. But it's just fantasy, right? Adventure isn't something we do here.SEMI-FINALIST 2015...Tags:
All my life, I’ve been blessed. However, I haven’t really had the opportunity to travel to very many exotic places. So, the summer before I turned 16, when my parents told me our family was going to take a cruise to Mexico, I was absolutely thrilled! Throughout the trip, I was...Tags:
In July of 2006, Colony High School's and Alaska's first and only marching band packed their bags and set off for our nation's capitol, Washington D.C. Once there we spent a few days touring around the city of D.C. Then, on the morning of July 4th we suited up, got our instruments out and marched...Tags:
“Marie, wake up. Wake up.” Early morning calls to the San Gabriel Mountains on sunny summer days wasn’t exactly how I thought I’d be spending my summer, but now I couldn’t imagine spending it any other way. Snug between my brother and father hopping from rock to rock across a stream, I focus...Tags:
So, what did you do over your February vacation? I ponder the question a moment, and wonder how to best answer it, because my vacation was not a typical vacation. I only say this, because I spent it in a tent in Mississippi cleaning up the storm-torn Gulf Coast five months after Hurricane...Tags:
After a year of studying for the PSSA, a test that you have to take your Junior year, we were finally done and every Junior blew out a sigh of relief, espcially me. Because I went to a mentoring program, I got to go to Hershey Park in Hershey,PA, it was a true OMG moment. So on June 22, 2009, at 7:...Tags:
A salty wind fluttered around my nose, hastily, playfully, as if it were racing the waves underneath the “vaporetto” bus-boat I was standing on. It cooled me off from the hot Italian summer sun as I admired the slowly changing scenery. Palaces, hundreds of years old, ascended out of the rolling...Tags:
We were an interesting bunch. Me, my little sister, my mom, her two sisters, their two daughters, and my grandmother. 8 women, from 3 generations, on a trip across the northernmost parts of India. We were driving up, near the mountain peaks, when we stepped out of the car momentarily, to absorb the...Tags:
Imagine my dismay when I learned that our Summer Vacation Destination was to be Portland, Oregon. I had previously hoped to vacation on some tropical island and finally even out my tan, so needless to say I was less than enthusiastic. I recalled from Geography class that while Oregon was indeed...Tags:
One of my most memorable trips is my family trip to Big Bear, California. Big Bear is a beautiful wooded mountain village on the banks of Big Bear Lake. This trip is memorable to me because one incident brought us together as a family. When we first arrived in Big Bear, we went to Azteca...Tags: