Before me was a breathtaking sight. The pictures I had seen prior to my vacation did not even begin to do this natural wonder justice. Water underneath the fall was a beautiful green color. The water cascading over the cliffs and crashing into the ground below was a sight to behold. Because it was dark, the waterfalls were changing, cycling through a multitude of colors. Months of anticipation had finally come to fruition. After hours of driving, my mom and I were reaping the rewards.
When I stepped off the bus my excitement continued to grow. The biggest attraction of the guided tour was next: a boat ride right up to the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. My mom and I walked with our tour group and guide to purchase our tickets. Along with us were nine other families from across the world. Families from as far as Spain, Australia, and England came to view Niagara Falls. We talked in length with the family from England on our way to purchase our tickets. They had many questions about America and its culture, and we had questions about their native England. It was interesting to me to hear about a culture so different from ours. Our tour guide gave us advice on where to go on the boat to get the best possible view. He said he had been on the boat multiple times and knew the best vantage points. I repeated his instructions in my head as we walked.
Before entering the boat, there was a long line that the tour group had to wait in. Waiting in line surrounded by other
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The swirling wind deposited my hair into a disarray on top of my head. My legs and feet were sore from the constant hiking and my back ached from the cumbersome backpack. The discomfort was pushed into the back of mind because in just a few more steps, I would summit another mountain. Although it may seem illogical, my interest in hiking started before I could even walk. When I was still quite young, I remember being put into a child carrier on my dad’s back, my head bobbing in rhythm to his steps. I am told that sitting in that backpack is the quietest I had ever been, as I was enraptured by the passing trees give way to the sunny slopes of the alpine. Upon learning how to walk, I began to pester my parents to free me from the prison that was the child carrier, and ever since then, hiking has become one of my favorite hobbies. My parents have since fostered my love for hiking, as I have had the good fortune of being able to travel all over the world including to Austria, Iceland, and Utah.
My trip started off tumultuously, as did my relationship with my host, consequentially who lacked hospitality among other qualities, leaving me to discover the copious cultural dichotomies and challenges around every corner, alone, daunted by the lack of local support. Thankfully my Seminar Instructor, Wanda Anderson, LICSW and my classmates supported me through the pit falls every step of the way!!!
Sunlight now flooded into the open gorge before us, amplifying the water reflecting off the open rock faces and blinding us with light. What now appeared before me truly took my breath away.
Nevertheless, we maintain our resilience and continue. We run and skip, as we are still waiting to be woken up from what we believe to be a dream. Everywhere we peek is filled with the riches of the earth. To our left are the mountains that fear no man or animal, that stand to be a motif of nature’s beauty, and to our right is a waterfall that claims all purity and bliss. We marvel at the waterfall’s grace, her excellence in how each rock is aesthetically positioned just right, and how each crash of water sounds like a symphony. We are in love. As we continue our path we are then struck by the lake, the unquestionable base of the glacier. It hits me like a freight train going one thousand miles an hour. I was not ready for the sight that now refuses to leave my inner psyche. Right in front of me is everything I have been waiting for, the tranquil lake that seems to have never met man’s wrath and the snowcapped mountains that envelope the lake, making for a picture that is more than Instagram worthy. Although we made it to our destination, however, we are still not done. We continue up the glacier, up the ridge until we are truly on top of the world, everything about this is ethereal. The crisp wind that carries the sweet scent of the pine cones, the bright sun that kisses my face ever so gently, and the view that will never cease to inspire
We got out of the bus after a two hour trip of loud music and talking at a trail that lead into the towering green trees covered in drops of rain from the recent downpour. We unpacked the seventy pound bags and strapped them on. The first day of hiking was exhausting. We traveled over ten miles over slippery rocks, steep hills, and thick woods. Though tiring the sights were amazing. But none of the views were as spectacular as the one at our campsite. The site had a beach on the shore of Lake Superior. The beach was a steady slope of flat rock descending into the frigid water and the lake was a complete spanse of only water except for one gigantic rock about a fourth of a mile from the shore. The sun was just setting and the view was amazing. I was astonished by how amazing nature can be. Another time during that trip that I was amazed at the beauty of nature was when we began our hike along Big Carp river on the fourth day. The trail lead up a steep cliff and to the direct right about 50 feet below was the roaring river. This alone was amazing but when we reached Rainbow falls my mind was blown. I had seen waterfalls like these in picture but seeing it in real life was a whole new level. The moment alone was amazing and I tried to take as many pictures as I could but nothing could truly capture its real essence. Thinking about this I realized some of the most amazing things on our planet were made by nature and that many times we take advantage of them. This realization helped me to respected and never take nature for granted. Making the decision to change the part of me that may have not cared as much about nature has helped me become a better
Sydney is the most populated city in the country of Australia. Located on the coast of the Tasman sea, Sydney’s beaches are one of the numerous tourist attractions that the destination has to offer. The great infrastructure of the Opera house and Harbour Bridge and natural beauty present in Sydney’s beaches and National Parks makes it an ideal destination for tourists near and far. Since hosting the 2000 Olympic games, Sydney has had the opportunity to host numerous major events and offer convention and exhibition space. The olympic park facility is now home to about 45 international events per year.
*My eyes are first drawn to the waterfall of colors that flow over the eight wooden boards. Although this waterfall is unlike any other waterfall. It has crazy swirls of orange, green, red, pink, and yellow flowing under it. Streaks of white over top of it masks that craziness underneath.%The waterfalls draped over the planks, on both sides like a soft blanket.#The waterfall gives me the sense that I’m
The foliage along the river was colorful and inviting. It was not quite as lush or as green as it had been earlier in the year but welcoming nonetheless. The weather was much cooler, but it had not gotten cold enough for the trees to lose all their leaves or the grass to turn completely brown. Everywhere I looked, patches of green grass peeked from forest glens and barren wisteria vines and multihued, leafed honeysuckle vines frapped hardwoods along the shore. Above those, tall elegant cypress trees reached for the sun welcoming it into the forest. I too, felt comforted by the forest - the winds through the boughs of the cypress pines and moss-hung oaks sang to me as we traveled upriver. Broken, scattered clouds drifted across the sky
I went to The Art Institute of Chicago on a Thursday when it was free for Illinois resident and when there were different exhibitions going on. There was long line at the entrance near the museum at 6pm in the evening. I went alone because I thought I can have better focus on picking a good art work. I was ready to go through all the magnificent paintings for my art museum paper. As I walked through the museum, there were colorful Indian Modern art exhibited for the occasion. They were big and vibrant. The was also a special exhibition of Tarsila Do Amaral, one of the leading Latin American Modernist artist who paint like Cubism, Futurism and expressionism. Her artworks were childlike in terms of the painting style of objects and people. I was most fond of the modernist and contemporary part of the gallery with painters like Salvador Dali and Francis Bacon. I was fascinated with Salvador Dali’s Venus de Milo with Drawers. The drawers unnaturalistically located on a human body was intriguing. The depth of the human mind and subconsciousness are creatively represented by these drawers on Venus de Milo. Francis bacon’s work Figure with meat was not bad either. Figure with Meat is a disturbing depiction of Pope Innocent X sat in front of a cow carcass cut lengthways in half. (Gould) Like his other painting, the theme is dark and twisted. The carcass is included serve as a direct reminder that death will be at the end await
The plane landed on the runway as the tires began to spin on the pavement as everyone on the plane lurched forward. As the passengers filled out of the plane with carry-ons the hot sun blinded the passengers as they quickly reached for their sunglasses as they eagerly parted their ways to start their tropical vacations there was a sudden disturbance among passengers. A loud sharp scream from women in the back. She was digging through her purse which was on top of her Louis Vuitton Luggage set.
I was really excited to see Waipio Valley. I wanted to explore the whole thing but was disappointed when I saw the private property sign. I thought all I was going to see was the view from the lookout, but my parents told me that our friends had made arrangements with the farmer who owned the land. “That’s awesome!” I said. My parents and I were obviously very excited about this, but our excitement was no match for the adventure we were about to have.
After viewing the presentation by Martin Atkins, I’ve taken away many aspects and topics that would potentially be of use when constructing a tour. Some of my favorite topics presented include the importance of finding your fans before the touring process and knowing where to play in order to be successful. Atkins even agrees, in some cases, with the idea that it might be in your best interest to play a lot of shows consistently in a selected city/area where you have already established a following before moving cities and having those shows turn out to be a bust. He points out the importance of creating a community with your fans and I especially like the idea that a band must find interest in all their fans and followers before they can
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