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Everyone is born into a family with already established characteristics. Some kids are born to dads that are addicted to baseball while others are born to moms who are still in love with John Travolta. There is nothing we can do to change the surroundings we are born into; however we do have the...Tags:
Nestled on the Blue Ridge Parkway right outside of Bedford, Virginia, lies a remote mountain paradise. Open year round, the Peaks of Otter offers a lodge, with a full restaurant, a winery, and many trails that range from a leisurely stroll around Abbott Lake to an intense hike up Flat Top....Tags:
"Think about it, you paid money to come spend eight days working in Honduras,” said my youth pastor, and for the first time I did. Up until that moment this past June, the two weeks I would spend in the Third World country had become just another trip to take. It was an experience to which I would...Tags:
This summer my family and I went on a trip to Seal Beach, California. My grandmother lives in California, so we were going to stay with her. My grandmother’s house is very important to me. It is a place where I feel comfortable and a place that reminds me of my childhood. On the...Tags:
Adrenaline pumped through my veins as I glanced out the airplane window preparing to land into Nice, France. My first glance of the French Alps lining the sparkling Mediterranean sea literally took my breath away. After 12 months of impatient waiting I was minutes away from landing in the Cote D...Tags:
That is the voice of my mother waking me at 2:30 in the morning to go to the airport. I am strangely wide awake after only 4 hours of sleep and before I am even fully dressed, Grandma is at the front door, suitcase in hand. We are going to Cleveland, Ohio to see her Italian brother and family for...Tags:
After ten hours of driving, we were all worn out as we arrived in Ashland, Oregon at 10 o’clock at night. While unpacking our luggage and settling into the little cottage (http://www.oakstreetcottages.com/) where we would be staying for the next three days, I could hardly think for excitement! Not...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:
We had been driving for eleven hours straight before reaching Sandy, Utah- a small town near Salt Lake City. My family- mom, dad, sister, and brother- and I all hopped out of the van we now dreaded. We had left Portland, Oregon, bright and early that morning and were so glad we weren’...Tags:
One of the world’s most famous unsolved mysteries is simply a bunch of big rocks. Yet I was lucky enough to see it: Stonehenge. While on a tour of seven countries with sights such as the Eiffel Tower, gondolas in Venice, and Big Ben, I was hardly concerned with a pile of stones. Salisbury, England...Tags: