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Hawaii is known as the land of relaxation, leisure and a place to 'just hang loose'. When my grumpy-grey haired band director stepped onto the podium one eighth grade day, announcing the next band trip to march in the sixty-fifth anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, excitement was a small...Tags:
/*-->*/ Day 1 We could feel the daylight burning before the sun rose. We ate a quick breakfast and finished loading the camping gear into the back of our SUV. As we bid farewell to showers, cable, and central air conditioning, we embarked on our trip. Our dogs, cramped in the back,...Tags:
My parents gave me a gift that has aided me throughout my entire life and will continue to be proven useful well into my old age. It is not a gift that was wrapped and presented on a holiday, nor was it something that was given at birth that can be tracked down in my genetic code. I was not given...Tags:
The road north curves and winds through the valleys of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just as the summer breeze cuts through the New Mexico maple and pine trees that line the luscious terrain. This hidden highway is quickly transformed into desolate plains as it reaches the Oklahoma panhandle. ...Tags:
Dolls. Tons of dolls. Tons of dolls in one large room. Loads of women squealing over how cute they were, how they were so lifelike and 'Oh my, that one must be a real baby!'. Ugh. How boring. Sure, I'm a girl, but how exciting can a bunch of old women who are obsessed with dolls be? Not very, let...Tags:
Summer is typically a time for one to escape into a tropical paradise or explore a tourist hotspot; lo and behold, I have prided myself on being an atypical person. My summer vacation wasn’t with my family, but my school family, a group of 12 girls and 3 adult chaperones. It wasn’t for...Tags:
My name is Kevin Hollerbach. I am going to be a senior at West Morris Central High School in September. I recently took a trip with my mom to San Francisco and Los Angeles in April of 2010 to visit my siblings who live there. During our time in San Francisco, we decided to take a bus trip to...Tags:
5 a.m. crept up on me all too quickly the morning of July 11. I was going to have to run off of around 6 hours of sleep, way the less than my body is used to, especially during the summer. But I felt surprisingly more awake and energetic than usual. The thought of getting ready to head out on my...Tags:
Traveling has always been a great passion of mine. Ever since I was a little girl, I had always wanted to see the world. Different places interested me. They seemed like a getaway from my daily routine rituals, a passport to something new. I grew up with a keen eye for different cultures. I also...Tags:
Somewhere on the lonely stretch of interstate between Tarpon Springs, Florida and Lake Winfield Scott, Georgia there is a smokestack. It stands alone in a field, with bricks as red as the clay earth, surrounded by the dry husks of weeds long parched by the Dixie sun. It is a silent sentinel, a...Tags: