Over Spring Break, March 11, 2015 I went to Ireland with my mom and grandma. We got to visit the Eiffel Tower during a layover, climb around in castles, watch a St. Patrick’s Day parade, kiss the Blarney Stone and go to a sheep farm.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I also walked inside a giant heart at the Franklin Institute.
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.
I climbed the Rocky steps 8 times. It was fun and easy. We did it at night and again the next day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
California was fun.