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Patricia & Philip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, FL

20150218_160500My family and I went to the Patricia & Philip Frost Museum of Science on February 18th. When we walked in we saw a big globe at the entrance. After we checked in, we went to the fish laboratory. There was an upside down Jellyfish and spider crabs. There were also shrimp that cleaned your hands; it was really cool.

We also saw a show on liquid nitrogen. For an experiment, they put a balloon, water balloon, bouncy ball, and some medal tools in the nitrogen.20150218_153810

After that we went into a big rocket ship; it showed all the controls that there were. Then we went to watch a video on what is the most dangerous animal in the Amazon. There was also a video of what you would find in the Amazon if you looked for stuff in it.

20150218_164121While walking around, we found a wheel to spin and a beehive with lots of bees. Then we went to a room where you had to pick up a fake Anaconda snake; it was really heavy. Soon after that we went to the wildlife center they had animals there.

Then we left to go home; it was really fun.

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Our visit to the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona

Tombstone actors_7504We went to Tombstone, Arizona on January 23rd and 24th where the famous O.K. Corral gunfight took place in 1881.

This is where the McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton were shot and died.Tombstone_7803 copy

We went to this cool museum that had the old carriages and some pictures of back then in the town. After you finish the museum you go and see a Lucas on Wagon_7467reenactment of the O.K. Corral gunfight; the actors did a really good job. Then we went to a newspaper museum where we got a copy of the newspaper the day after the gunfight happened.

Then we went around to all the shops and ate at Crystal Palace, which had really good food.

Tombstone Boot Hill Cemetery_7536On our way home, we stopped at the Boothill Graveyard where we saw the McLaury brothers grave stone. It was a big cemetery for that time.

Sheriff Luke 2015-01-24 15.39.24The next day, we went back for Tombstone at Twilight. The first thing we did was go to the county courthouse; it was really big. Then we watched a history movie on Tombstone. It talked about how the town was formed. After, we went to tour the old silver mine. We went down 100 feet underground. All of the open spaces in the mine once were all silver and there were a lot of open spaces. Then we watched a gunfight skit in the street.

We ate at a Mexican restaurant – if you ever go there eat here. It’s cheaper and just as good. Then we watched another gunfight skit and went home.


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The Traveling Turtle Visits Death Valley National Park

Death Valley_6505My family and I went to Death Valley National Park in California on Saturday, January 3rd. This is the the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America.

First we went to the salt mud flat – it was a big part of land that was all mud and used to be under the ocean. According to the movie we watched, this area is home to the pupfish. (Wikipedia: a species of fish that is the last known survivor of what is thought to have been a large ecosystem of fish species that lived in Lake Manly, which dried up at the end of the last ice age leaving the present day Death Valley in California. The pupfish is adapted to the Death Valley 2015-01-03 15.17.08pupfishshallow, hot, saline water of a particular part of Salt Creek that flows above ground year-round, and is also sometimes referred to as Salt Creek pupfish.) We did not see the pupfish here but we did see it at Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge where we saw a lot in the hot springs.

Then we walked through a canyon; we climbed on the rocks and looked for lizards.

Then my brother and I walked through the sand dunes. We were trying to get up a big sand hill. When we got to the top we were really high up. Then after we made Death Valley 2015-01-03 16.50.38it up, we emptied our shoes then we slide down the big hill. It was really fun! After, we went up Dante’s View and there was a really good view of Death Valley.

Then we drove home and on the way back we saw a road runner and a coyote.


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We Toured the Jelly Belly Candy Company if Fairfield, California

2014-11-15 10.17.59In November, we went to the Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield, CA. When we walked inside the factory there was a big sample bar and a really big gift shop. Some of the jelly beans I tried were pear, orange soda, peach, and cream soda.

During the tour, we saw a lot of pictures made out of jelly beans. When we got to the first part of the factory we saw them packaging all the beans. They had robots that were working but one of them was waving and another one held up a sign.

2014-12-06 20.12.30_edited-1On the tour, they gave us the middle (inside) of a jelly bean to try. They call their rejects belly flops because they are different shapes and sizes; we tried those too.

After that they take you through the process of making it. Then after the tour we went to the gift shop. Did you know Ronald Reagan’s favorite jelly bean is licorice?

Did you know that the company used to sell candy corns instead of jelly beans and they still do? They didn’t become popular until they were used for Easter.2014-11-25 10.46.31


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Redwood Forest and State Parks in California

In early November, we went to the Redwood National and State Parks in California.

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The first thing we did was go for a walk in the Redwood Forest. We saw the giant Redwoods. While we were walking we saw a yellow spotted millipede. 2014-11-05 12.02.59The trees were so big, I felt like I was a millipede. The trail we were walking on had a river. Jacob built a dam in it. When we came back to it a frog was swimming in it.

One of the facts I learned was that the two trees symbol on the ranger’s badge and park signs stands for the National Parks and State Parks that work together.DSCN1562

Later we went to Enderts Beach. We saw sea stars, barnacles, crabs, anemones, hermit crabs, and seashells. On the way back we saw tons of elk. It was really cool.2014-11-04 16.05.33


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Halloween Fantasy Trail at Wenzel Farm

On Halloween Eve I went on the Halloween Fantasy Trail at Wenzel Farm in Oregon City, OR and it was really spooky.2014-10-30 20.07.28

The first thing we went through was an arch. In the arch there was a witch and an annoying skeleton head. It copied everything you said.

Then you walk inside a house with a guy in a cage and picture frames on the wall. The pictures change as you walk by. After, you go into the pirate’s maze where there are a lot of pirates. At the end of the pirate’s maze there was a suspension bridge; it was really bouncy.

2014-10-30 20.32.34Then you go to a stopping point where you hear Halloween songs. Next you go to a jail where you go through a tunnel with people in cages in the prison. When you get out there is a crooked house that leads to Porky the Pig and the Three Bears having a good Halloween.

Last but not least, we went into a castle with flashing lights and monsters that try to scare you. Then you exit and get doughnuts.

I would recommend this place. It’s not that scary and it’s for all ages. I would probably do it again.


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Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle, Washington

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Chihuly’s Glass Forest

On October 19th my family and I went to Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle, Washington. The glass statues were really amazing. Some of my favorites were Glass Forest, Glass House, and Chandeliers.

The Glass Forest was like an illusion because of how they made it.

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Glasshouse with Seattle Space Needle in background.

Glasshouse was like giant leaves falling on you like you were an ant (see Space Needle in background).

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“Bad hair day” Chandeliers

Chandeliers were big glass statues hanging in the air, and they reminded me of a bad hair day.

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Sealife Room

One of the biggest statues was blue and had tons of sea animals on it. The Glass Museum was really cool.

Later, we went out to the Glass Garden where all of the statues were lit up. From the garden you had a good view of the Space Needle. Check out Travel Reviews by Jacob for more information about the Space Needle.