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  • The way Coney Island is, you can never pinpoint how exactly it’s supposed to feel; it’s different every time. On the last day I visited it felt especially gritty, from the way the gray overcast sky made the small shops look even more battered to the way the wooden boardwalk creaks with each...

  • olvera-street_1

    Los Angeles, the city recognized worldwide for its glamour, is also well known as a center of ethnic diversity. Throughout its history Los Angeles has been home to immigrants from all over the world resulting in a culturally varied city. Arguably the strongest influence, Mexican immigrants had a...

  • venia5

     In November of 2008, I experienced the most incredible week of my entire life. I had packed myself a bag, with a pillow and blanket in hand, and set out for a weeklong road trip with five friends from Minnesota. I knew beforehand that living in a dirty, smelly van with six guys in a band for a...

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                  I’m pretty sure that everyone, young or old, has a memorable vacation spot that he or she visited as a child.  For me it’s St. George Island, specifically the Beach House called Cut Bait that my uncle owned.             I know a lot of people who have been to St. George, but I...

  • Philmont_466_edit

    June 28, 2009 I left to depart on my trip to Philmont, New Mexico. My boy scout troop and 4 others from other troops formed a crew to go on a trek in Philmont. I was voted as our crew leader, this was a huge honor to me. This meant that I had the respect and trust of the others to lead them on our...

  • Tim-mtn-small

    Even before my crew of 13 (nine boys and four dads) had arrived at Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico, we’d heard the stories of Black Mountain.  I didn’t believe them, I mean who would?  Near vertical slopes, loose rocks, and an all but nonexistent trail? We told ourselves that it was impossible,...

  • italy4

    BEEP. BEEP. My alarm clock drones just as groggily as I do at six on a Sunday morning. As I get ready for work I think about the day ahead. After I get off work at noon, I will spend the rest of my day juggling doing laundry, finishing homework, tutoring my sister, studying for the SAT, and...

  • 247_0

    It was not supposed to be anything other than getting my oldest brother, Andrew, settled into his new job at Epic Systems Corporation in Verona, Wisconsin.  At least, that is what I first thought.  However, that trip ended with my eyes open to a knowledge that things, or places in this case, are...

  • Kansas Trip June 2012 247

    Most people would write a blog about their hometown or a foreign place like London or Paris. I have chosen a place that is hidden and unknown to many. It is a place that I feel at home and that I visit every year. White Cloud, Kansas is a small, rural town in the northeastern corner of Kansas,...

  • Colorado

    The day had finally arrived. After months upon months of planning, I was finally packing my bags, going over checklists, and running to the store to purchase even more unnecessary items. My bags were heavy (because, of course, I couldn't leave anything behind) as I passed them to the baggage...

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