Scuba Diving Sister and Brother
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Cabo San Lucas and One Unforgettable Dive

With a forceful surge of energy, I heaved myself up out of the chilling water, and collapsed onto the closest bench. The whole snorkel-boat shook -- though admittedly, it was scarcely more than a large white dinghy, having a maximum capacity of perhaps eight passengers. Gulping in the warm Baja air, I gasped with gratitude as our little native guide helped unburden me from my hefty load of scuba...

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Ogunquit: Beautiful Place by the Sea

Maine is a beautiful state nestled on the coast of New England.  It kisses the chilly Atlantic Ocean while spreading its arms toward the Canadian Province, Quebec.  It’s filled with natural majesty; all manners of rock formations, beaches, and snow sprinkled forests.  On the southern tip of Maine, where land touches sea, a tiny town called Ogunquit springs to life as summer vacationers...

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Learning with Elephants

I have always heard that trips enlighten, and yes, that is true. After a trip to Thailand, I realized that trips teach many different lessons, especially on how you perceive the world, and they remind you to be grateful. But these lessons did not come from people, instead, they came through...

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Looking Past the Skyline

We walked nine miles in one day. It’s a statement that perfectly describes New York City: fast-paced, sprawling, and exhilarating. And my trip to the metropolis was all of that and then some - the journey of a lifetime. Our...

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Wild Travels in the Wild West

Many summer vacations include relaxing on the beach or lounging in a hammock under a blue sky with warm sun. However, my summer vacation was much less relaxing but surprisingly every bit as enjoyable. My family and I embarked on a two week road trip to the Western United States, which was completely unfamiliar to me as I have lived in the South my entire life. This trip had many purposes...

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Beauty Amongst Poverty

The first thing I distinctly remember was the stifling temperature and humidity. Although it was summer back in Pennsylvania, I didn’t have the slightest idea of the meaning of “heat” until I stepped out of Queen Beatrix National Airport. The warmth rattled through my body, and I immediately wanted to crawl back into the air-conditioning. We drove by the hotels and massive structures...

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Summer Ice Cream

A few years ago, my family had rented a house in Massachusetts with a pool to spend a week’s vacation. En route to our destination, we had gone to a local ice cream store, SoCo Creamery; the primary reason for our odyssey that Saturday afternoon had been the discovery of a new branch of this ice cream store that was within a reasonable driving distance from our house. While the announcement had...

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Through Dust and Debris: Exploring a Buried City

If you take one look at Instagram posts under the hashtag “#vacation”, chances are you’ll see photos of people surrounded by palm trees, tanning beds, and beachside pool service in some far off tropical paradise. In my family, the idea of a vacation is different. With a history geek for a father and ancient architecture lover for a mother, our trips tend to fall far out of these comfort zones....

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A Volcano and a Hitchhiker Open My Eyes

We had been on Big Island for a week, enjoying the vibrant blue water and colorful Hawaiian reefs, when our family decided we wanted something more adventurous. Naturally, we decided to visit a volcano — Mauna Kea. Driving hours through cow fields and lava fields to arrive at the base, we gazed at the shadowed, hulking mass, just spying the observatories glinting at the peak. I felt oddly...

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There Are Rats All Over the World

Venice, Italy is like no other place in all the world. Venetian beauty cascades from atop the clanging San Marco bell tower all the way down into its teaming maze of canals. Walking the narrow, twisting, cobblestone streets, I couldn’t help but stare around in silent wonder. My family, however, is anything but silent. “I’m HUNGRY!” and “When will we EAT?!” were common refrains...

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