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Memories of Inauguration 2009

May 3, 2010

Love him or loath him, the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 was a special time in our country’s history.  Approximately two million people, the largest inaugural gathering ever, faced the cold and the crowds to see this historic moment, when the first African-American person became President of the United States.

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Obama Inauguration Sunrise

Sunrise at the Obama Inauguration

Everyone had to get up very early that Tuesday morning.  I started to park coaches at 5:00 AM.  Only coaches and official vehicles were allowed in the city from 7:00 PM the night before to 7 PM that night so there was very little traffic.  Spectators had to get to the mall very early to find a spot.  Ticket holders had to go through intense security.  As the morning progressed, it became more and more difficult to get to the mall area due to increasing crowds.  The weather was clear but cold with a slight breeze, in the lower 30’s by mid-morning.  The best thing about the crowd was they blocked the breeze!

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Wordless Wednesday: Geography = War

April 28, 2010
Reflection on water in oil drums

Reflection of Water on Oil Drums at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL

This photo was submitted by Carissa DeVault, from Anthony Wayne High School, for the 2010 Travel Adventures’ Adventures in Creativity Contest. It was taken at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.  The installation is called Geography = War and was created by Alfredo Jaar.  The installation refers to an incident in Koko, Nigeria in 1987 and 1988 were toxic waste seeped into the water system causing chemical burns and food contamination.

Jaar’s work consists of fifty-five-gallon barrels filled with water, over which are suspended light boxes with photographs of the citizens of Koko. The photographs are seen by viewing the reflections in the water-filled barrels.

To learn more about Geography =War please visit

Mackinac Island: Ferries, Forts, and Fudge!

April 27, 2010

For centuries, Mackinac Island (pronounced MACK-in-awe) has served as an oasis for those who uncover its beauty. Located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, the island is situated between the Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

Students Explore Mackinac Island

Students Explore Mackinac Island

Prior to European exploration in the 17th century, Mackinac Island was home to the Anishinaabe-Ojibwe Indians, who considered the island a sacred place. By virtue of its location in the center of the Great Lakes waterway, Mackinac Island was a tribal gathering place and burial ground for tribal chiefs. Later, it served as a strategic position amidst the fur trade commerce of the Great Lakes.

It was the Victorians, however, that made Mackinac Island one of the nation’s most favored vacation sites. During the warm summer months, visitors came from Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, and Chicago to enjoy the island’s cooler climate. Later, lodging such as the famous Grand Hotel was built to accommodate overnight guests. Today, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. The history combined with the island’s natural scenery and breathtaking architecture makes Mackinac Island an unforgettable educational adventure for student group travel.

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Earth Day: Resources for a Brighter Future

April 22, 2010

Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day!

It’s wonderful to see teachers, students and families around the country and throughout the world focus on projects that will benefit our planet and help create a brighter future for generations to come.  Each individual can make a difference everyday by working toward the common goal of protecting our natural resources.

At Travel Adventures, we believe that environmental stewardship begins with education and awareness.  We’ve compiled a list over over 60 links to environmental resources that you may be interested in visiting.  We’d also love to add your favorite GREEN site too.  Please leave us a comment if you have recommendations.

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Earth Day

Earth Day 4-22-10

We’ve also compiled a list of company’s that provide Green Fundraising opportunities:

Green Fundraising <<< Please click this link

Green Fund Raising

Green Fundraising for a Brighter Future

Please leave a comment to add a GREEN site to our list.


Wordless Wednesday: Student and Snake in New Orleans

April 21, 2010

LaCanada High School Trip

Joseph at Zam's Swamp Tour in New Orleans

This photo was submitted by Hannah Peitzman for the 2010 Travel Adventures’ Adventures in Creativity Contest.  This photograph was taken on a recent performance trip  to New Orleans.  During the student tour, students from the LaCanada High School Band performed at a charity fundraiser at a Christian Church in New Orleans, raising money for mission work.

Costa Rica: The Wildest Science Adventure on Earth

April 19, 2010

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places in the world and the perfect destination for science teachers and their students.

Costa Rica translates to “Rich Coast” and is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. One fourth of Costa Rica is comprised of protected areas, including 26 forests, 20 national parks, 9 forest reserves, 8 wildlife refuges, 7 wildlife sanctuaries and one national archaeological monument.

Keel Billed Toucan

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Wordless Wednesday: Times Square

April 14, 2010
Student in Time Square

Student from Negaunee High School Band in Times Square

Jeremy Connin Of Negaunee High School submitted this photo of a classmate in Times Square for the 2010 Travel Adventures “Adventures in Creativity”  photo contest.

Travel Adventures hosts three annual “Adventures in Creativity” contests for students; a photo contest, a video contest and a trip journal/essay contest. For all of the details or to view the work of past winners please visit