Last Day in Churchill

On our last day in Churchill, we walked around town before we had to go to the airport.  We went to the Eskimo Museum and bought some books.  They had real animals that were stuffed.

Eskimo Museum

Eskimo Museum

 

Then we walked behind the Town Center to see the Ghost Ship and the Inukshuk.  The Ghost Ship is a ship that got stuck up on the shore but no one knows when or how it got there.  The town fixed it a little so it isn’t dangerous for people to climb on anymore.  Polar bears like to walk along the shore because they eat kelp and are waiting for the water to freeze so they can go hunt seals.  There are signs telling people to stay away from the shore so they don’t get attacked by polar bears.

Shoreline of the Hudson Bay

Shoreline of the Hudson Bay

 

On the deck of the Ghost Ship

On the deck of the Ghost Ship

When we were at the Ghost Ship we saw my friend Jordan.  We were running around and then her dad noticed a polar bear on the rocks.  It was walking towards us.  We watched it for a few minutes because it was kind of far away, but then it started getting closer so we walked quickly into the back doors of the Town Center.  The Polar Bear Police came while we were walking towards the Town Center.  The shot something called a cracker into the air that made a loud noise to scare the polar bear down the shore so it would walk faster through town.  The polar bear ended up jumping in the water and swimming out into the Bay.

Polar Bear Police.  We watched from inside the Town Center so we stayed safe.

Polar Bear Police. We watched from inside the Town Center so we stayed safe.

We didn’t get a chance to go up to the Inukshuk because of the polar bear so we took a picture of it behind me as we were going inside.  An Inukshuk is a symbol that the Canadian indians made when they were traveling.  They made it so others that came after them could see that someone was there and it points in the direction that they went.

Inukshuk

Inukshuk

After we watched the polar bear for a little bit, we had to go back to the bed and breakfast to pack and go to the airport.  On the way to the airport we saw a red fox.

Red Fox

Red Fox

We also saw a polar bear getting lifted from the polar bear jail to go back to the tundra.  When a polar bear is in the town and is a danger or if a polar bear is rescued from getting stuck or hurt, they tranquilize it and take it to a place called polar bear jail.  They check the bear and take measurements for research, then they tranquilize the bear again and put it in a net hooked to a helicopter.  Then they take it out to the tundra and let it go.

Helicopter taking a polar bear back to the tundra.

Helicopter taking a polar bear back to the tundra.

We watched from the airport while we waited to get on our plane.  We flew to Winnipeg, stayed the night and then it was time to come home to Tucson.

 

 

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Into the Tundra

A bus picked us up at the bed and breakfast and drove us to the Tundra Buggy staging area. We got off the bus, went up the stairs and got on Tundra Buggy 12. The tundra buggy was really high off the ground so that polar bears can’t reach the people inside. We could open and close the windows and there was a platform on the back to stand on. Next to the tundra buggy at the staging area, we saw fox prints in the snow.

The tires of the tundra buggy were bigger than we were.

The tires of the tundra buggy were bigger than we were.

We drove on the trail in the tundra to look for polar bears. Some of the trails are from when the military used to be there. The tundra buggies use the trails so they don’t destroy the rest of the tundra. On the trails there is a lot of water and we had to drive through it. A lot of the water was frozen and the tundra buggy cracked the ice and made waves onto the snow which made the water turn into a slushy.

The first polar bear was hard to see because it was laying down far next to the shore and the trail was far away from the shore. Then we found another polar bear where the trail goes right next to the shore. The polar bear was digging for kelp to eat. It was a female polar bear. We stayed and watched her for a long time. Me and my new friend Jordan that I met on the tundra buggy name the polar bear Diggy because she kept digging in the kelp.

Female polar bear digging in the kelp.

Female polar bear digging in the kelp.

Looking back at us.

Looking back at us.

Diggy walked up towards the bus and then around us to find a place to lay down to be protected from the wind.

Diggy walked up towards the bus and then around us to find a place to lay down to be protected from the wind.

Then we went to find more polar bears. The next polar bear we saw was laying in the middle of the trail.  We named that one Roady.  He was big and he got up and walked right next to us. After the polar bear left, we went back to watch the female on the shore again.  We watched her for a few minutes and she walked right by us. Then we headed back to the staging area.

Roady

Roady

Roady was a big male polar bear.

Roady was a big male polar bear.

He walked right past us.

He walked right under us as we stood on the platform on the back of the tundra buggy.

It was so cool to see polar bears in the wild! Some were big, some were small, some were close, some were far.

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Dog Sledding is fun!

We stayed at the Bluesky Bed and Breakfast. Gerald and Jenafor are the owners of the house. They have 24 sled dogs. Some of the dogs were hyper and some were calm. They were all very excited to run. Via was my favorite dog. She is not running right now because she is going to have puppies soon. She likes to have her belly rubbed.

There was snow on the ground so we got to use the real sled instead of the one with wheels. It was so much fun.  I wanted to do it again and again and again…

Me, my mom and Gerald with Wapoose.

Me, my mom and Gerald with Wapoose.

My favorite dog, Via.

My favorite dog, Via.

Our view on the sled.

Our view on the sled.

Bundled up on the sled.

Bundled up on the sled.

Just finished our sled ride.

Just finished our sled ride

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Churchill – Polar Bear Capitol of the World

This is where we are.

The blue pinpoint is where we are.

 

We finally made it to Churchill on Wednesday morning, a whole day later than we were supposed to. We ended up flying because the train was delayed and then I got sick and had to go to the hospital in Thompson. Our plane from Thompson to Churchill had 22 seats but only 5 people onboard.

Arriving in Churchill.

Arriving in Churchill.

Gerald, the person’s house we are staying at came to pick us up at the airport. We are staying at a bed and breakfast. He drove us around some areas where bears go. We saw our first polar bear right away when we were driving in the van. It was young but bigger than a cub. He was shy and fast. It made us have to drive back and forth to keep up with it.

The first polar bear we saw.

The first polar bear we saw.

She walked through some empty buildings and right past us.

She walked through some empty buildings and right past us.

 

 

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Train derailment!

Luckily it wasn’t ours. When we got to the train station a sign said “Train Derailment.” A freight train derailed and blocked the tracks. Our train has to sit at another station until they clear the tracks so we have to stay the night in Thompson, Manitoba. The train might get here tomorrow morning and then we can get on it. My mom has to call later tonight to find out if it left the station it is at right now.

Arriving at the Thompson Airport. That's our plane behind me.

Arriving at the Thompson Airport. That’s our plane behind me.

Checking out the Thompson forest.

Checking out the Thompson forest.

Heritage North Museum

Heritage North Museum

Everything in the museum, even all of the animals, are from Thompson.

Everything in the museum, even all of the animals, are from Thompson.

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Oh Canada!

We are in Canada! The day we got to Canada we just relaxed because we were tired. We got up at 4:00am but I was hyper all day. my mom and I worked out at the gym in the hotel and then went swimming. The pool was indoors and heated. It was 35 degrees outside. On Sunday we went to the zoo in Winnipeg. First we ate breakfast at the hotel then took a cab to the zoo. On the way to the zoo we saw colorful trees. The leaves were orange, red and brown because it is fall. It was freezing cold but I had on gear to keep we warm. The cab took us to the main entrance to the zoo but it was closed because of construction. Then he took us to another entrance and it was open. We put on our gear and went in the zoo. I met some new friends from Winnipeg. Their names were Isabella and Sebastian. They knew how to speak french.

Me and my new friends

Me and my new friends

I saw a polar bear with my friends. The polar bear’s name was Hudson. We also saw an arctic fox, snow leopards and a snow owl. I saw the snow owl’s head turn all the way around. I also saw a lion that was sleeping and a tiger that kept pacing.

Snow Owl

Snow Owl

Hudson trying to get a bucket off a tree.

Hudson trying to get a bucket off a tree.

We had lunch with my new friends and there was a gigantic play area. There was a mat in the play area and a projector showed ice. When you step on it, the ice will crack and if you keep stepping on it, it will break into water. If you step on the water it will make waves.

In the play area.

In the play area.

Polar bear slide.

Polar bear slide.

Right now we are sitting in the Winnipeg airport waiting to fly to Thompson. We will get on the train in Thompson around dinner time to ride overnight to Churchill. I will write another post tomorrow when we are in Churchill if we have Wifi.

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Independence Day where independence began – Philadelphia

I spent 4th of July in Philadelphia.  I saw the fireworks in Philadelphia for 4th of July.  The fireworks came from the steps of the Museum of Art.  We were really close to the fireworks.  They were really bright and cool.

Non stop fireworks

Non stop fireworks

Fireworks coming from the steps. I took this picture.

Fireworks coming from the steps. I took this picture.

One of my favorite parts of my trip was going to the Spy exhibit at the Franklin Institute.  At the Spy exhibit I did a laser maze and crawled through an air vent.  I saw fake dead drops and learned how they did them.  I saw lots of cool spy equipment that real spy’s actually used.  I bought a book called The Real Spy’s Guide to Becoming a Spy.

Laser Maze

Laser Maze

I also walked inside a giant heart at the Franklin Institute.

Inside the giant heart

Inside the giant heart

We got to ride a passenger train for the first time.  We took the Amtrak train from Philadelphia to Delaware for dinner.  When we got back we walked from the train station to the Museum of Art to climb up the Rocky steps.  We saw lots of fireflies and were going to play with them but there were lots of homeless people sleeping in the grass.

My first Amtrak train ride

My first Amtrak train ride

Putting leaf boats into the river in Delaware

Putting leaf boats into the river in Delaware

I climbed the Rocky steps 8 times.  It was fun and easy.  We did it at night and again the next day.

Running up the Rocky stairs

Running up the Rocky stairs

I didn't want to stop

I didn’t want to stop

Footprints where Rocky stood at the top of the steps

Footprints where Rocky stood at the top of the steps

I did it!

I did it!

Rocky Statue

Rocky Statue

I went to the U.S. Mint and saw how they made money and I also went to the Federal Reserve Bank and they gave me a bag of shredded money that is about $100.  We weren’t allowed to take pictures at the Mint or the Bank.

I saw the Liberty Bell.  Did you know there are bolts in the crack of the Liberty Bell?  The bolts are there because they put a supporter on the bottom for shipping the bell a long time ago and if the bolts weren’t there the supported would push the crack together and destroy the Liberty Bell.  I asked someone that works there what the words on the top of the bell mean.  He told me that liberty meant different things to different people.  A long time ago, liberty meant being free to slaves.

Me and my mom at the Liberty Bell

Me and my mom at the Liberty Bell

When I went to Independence Hall, I touched something that Benjamin Franklin actually touched.  I got to see a chair that George Washington really sat in and where they signed the Declaration of Independence.  There was a carving in George Washington’s chair of a sun.  Benjamin Franklin wondered if it was a rising sun or a setting sun.  When everyone signed the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin told his friends that he now knows that it is a rising sun because America is free.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

George Washington's chair in the background

George Washington’s chair in the background

Statues of some of the founding fathers

Statues of some of the founding fathers

Throwing pennies on Benjamin Franklin's grave for good luck.  I put one on his wife's grave too.

Throwing pennies on Benjamin Franklin’s grave for good luck. I put one on his wife’s grave too.

One other thing we did was take the ferry to New Jersey to go to the aquarium.  They had a huge alligator and I got to pet a shark.

We saw the New Jersey battleship on the ferry ride to New Jersey

We saw the New Jersey battleship on the ferry ride to New Jersey

Mighty Mike

Mighty Mike

This is how big I am compared to Mighty Mike

This is how big I am compared to Mighty Mike

In Philadelphia, a lot of people smoke and there are a lot of homeless people.  Everyone in Philadelphia was very nice except some of the taxi drivers.  Some of the taxi drivers wouldn’t talk.  I tried a Philly cheese steak sandwich.  I had a lot of fun in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia – The City of Brotherly Love

There is a lot of humidity in Philadelphia.  We just got here today and walked around.  There were giant game pieces like Monopoly and Sorry and Dominos.  They were fun to play on.

Heave...Ho...

Heave…Ho…

Almost there...

Almost there…

Got it...

Got it…

Victory!

Victory!

Giant Sorry piece

Giant Sorry piece

Monopoly top hat

Monopoly top hat

Monopoly wheel barrow

Monopoly wheel barrow

Monopoly iron

Monopoly iron

Everything here closes at 5:00pm so we walked around for a while.  For dinner I had chicken and waffles from a place called “Jones”.  It was gooooood.  Then we got Dairy Queen and ate it while we walked back to the hotel.

Yummy chicken and waffles

Yummy chicken and waffles

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California

We spent 5 days in California doing a lot of different things.

My two favorite rides at Disneyland were Space Mountain and the Cars Radiator Springs Racers.

Radiator Springs Racers with my cousins

Radiator Springs Racers with my cousins

Iron Man at Tomorrow Land

Iron Man at Tomorrow Land

Lone Ranger World Premier at California Adventure

Lone Ranger World Premier at California Adventure

Locomotive used in filming the Lone Ranger

Locomotive used in filming the Lone Ranger

At the California Science Center we saw a space shuttle.  It was the Endeavor.  A real space shuttle that went into space.  I have a book that is signed by the commander because he lives in my city.  The space shuttle was big and it was awesome.  Also at the Science Center they had a lot of things to do and learn about.  You could see inside one of the real escalators to see how it works.

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The space shuttle was huge!

Check out the rocket engines

Check out the rocket engines

Pretending to be a news reporter

Pretending to be a news reporter

Cool aquarium and I even saw a diver in the water just like in Seattle

Cool aquarium and I even saw a diver in the water just like in Seattle

Rock climbing

Rock climbing

We went to Santa Monica beach after the Science Center.  At 6:00 in the evening the waves were really big.  I played in the water but I got really sandy.  At the Santa Monica Pier they had a burger place and we had burgers there.  At the Santa Monica Pier they had a carnival too.  I played games and my mom won me a stuffed animal giraffe that I named Chubs because he is really chubby.

Santa Monica Pier

I love the beach!

I love the beach!

Save my castle!

Save my castle!

Chubs!

Chubs!

I saw the Hollywood sign and by the Chinese Movie Theater I saw movie star’s hand prints and foot prints.  I saw Robert Downey Jr.’s hand prints and foot prints.  He plays Iron Man.

Iron Man

Iron Man

Wolverine

Wolverine

Men in Black

Men in Black

At the Griffith Observatory I saw a movie called Time is Running Out.  It was about why some people thought the world was ending.  They had cool exhibits like ones about tides and eclipses.

Ummmmmmm

Ummmmmmm

Hollywood sign

Hollywood sign

Me and Albert Einstein

Me and Albert Einstein

Being funny!

Being funny!

California was fun.

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California Here We Come

Right now I am watching the Disneyland fireworks from my hotel room. We have a very big window that faces Disneyland.  I can hear the booms from my room. There are a bunch of different color fireworks like red, yellow, green, purple.  They have shooting star fireworks and ones that look like a waterfall.

Today we drove from Arizona to California. I watched National Treasure and Lemonade Mouth and Wreck it Ralph and that made the drive go faster. When we got to the hotel we got our luggage and brought it inside. My mom and my uncle went to check in.  When my mom got back we went around the corner to take a picture with Mike Wizowski and James B. Sullivan from Monsters University.

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After we ate dinner we went to the pool.  At the pool, first I went to the waterslide.  It was in the kids area and the water was cold.  My cousins wouldn’t do it because the water was cold.  Then I went swimming in the regular pool.  The water was warm because the pool was heated.  After the pool and waterslide I went in the jacuzzi.  The jacuzzi was warm.

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We went back to the hotel room after swimming and had a snack and watched the fireworks and wrote the blog post.  Tomorrow I will write a blog post.  Bye.

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