The car ride is long and boring. We find a few things to entertain ourselves, but for the last few hours, we're just plain bored. we brought a bobble head moose. it took us 6 hours to name him. we decided to name him spurwinkle. We thought it would be fun if we brought him along with us to our adventures! -Finn
We made it to Cleveland!! we didn't stay long, although we had a great time there!!! I had a nice pierogi dinner while watching the election. The election lasted about 2,000 years and is still currently on. My brother and my mom went to a market and I don't know the details but I'm just happy I got the treats. Well ill tell you about it Finn, when we walked inside, it was so much bigger then I thought, and there was so many sweets and meats, cheeses, etc. The building was over 108 years old!-Seamus
Chicago 1,000 mile milestone!!!
Chicago was very interesting. From deep dish pizza to seeing a giant silver lima bean, this was pretty fun. My family (except me) put their feet in lake Michigan. They said it was awfully cold. But I can't say what it felt like :(. We also did the river walk which was in the hart of the city. it was about 3,000 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit).
By the way, the car ride to Chicago was a lot easier. We played games like the alphabet game(won cookies), categories, road bingo(thanks Mcbees!)and told dark jokes-
1. The Sears tower in Chicago is the second tallest tower in the U.S.
2. The name Chicago comes from the French interpretation of the Native American word, Striped Skunk.
3. The world's first elevated railway, The L, was made in Chicago in 1892.
WHAT IS RED AND BAD FOR YOUR TEETH?
Congrats to us for ten states milestone! That's really all that happened on this day. Here is seamus with the states and capitols.
2. New Hampshire-Concord
3. Mass- Boston
4. New York-Albany
5. Pennsylvania(Fly Eagles Fly-Mom)-Harrisburg
Day 12 was a small but fun day. We had just arrived at Moab, Utah. We went hiking on a big trail that took us about 1 hour an a half to complete with cold water, big climbs, tall cliffs, and a lot more. Day 13 was very fun. We went UTVing on some crazy trails! UTVing is getting a UTV and driving it off-road. Several times we almost toppled over or nose dived! Also we found cool dino tracks! -Finn
Today we had a great day! We started with a trip to the Mesquite Sand Dunes in DeathValley. We played king of the hill together and we rolled down the dunes and raced. (this was one of the funnest things of the whole trip) Sand dunes are formed when a strong wind moves sand to place that is low and then it gets stuck there and piles up. After that we went to Mosaic Canyon. This is a slot canyon- a narrow hike - but this one was different because it was formed by strong water that when it evaporates , it leaves many different rocks that crush together and solidify which makes it look like a mosaic. Also it creates marble-(noon day dolimite) we slid on the smooth marble slides.
After that we went to a tiny town called Stovepipe to get gas-The price was a whopping 3.51 per gallon! Finn and I got some really cool t-shirts(Death valley is the hottest place on earth).Then we went to the Borax mines. It became so windy it could knock you backwards. We still are not sure what Borax is used for...
To top off an amazing day, we went to the lowest point in North America-Badwater Basin-280 feet bellow sea level. IT was a salt flat. We took off our shoes and walked around in it, it felt so weird. I am not crying in the picture on the right. I am closing my eyes because of the sun (Finn).
We had an amazing campsite at Lake Mead. We had a site overlooking the lake! Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake in US. We decided to stay an extra day because it was so beautiful. It was sunny and 70 degrees and we were right on the water. We saw Roadrunner birds and jack rabbits-no scorpions yet...The first night we had grilled tuna tacos for dinner. It was one of the highlights of the trip-they were sooo good.
The second day we took a long bike ride and we stopped by an old deserted resort that used to be famous but now no one is there and it is boarded up. Seamus got a flat tire, which took forever to fix. We biked into the night.
On our final day, leaving Boulder City to Vegas we did a lot of things. We went fishing with the locals. We did not catch anything, but other people were catching striped bass. We also stopped by a huge marina. We walked along the docks-looked at boats, but the really cool thing was how many fish we saw-from HUGE orange catfish to tons of dark stripers, fish were EVERYWHERE. The catfish were like 100 pounds and you could touch them. After that we left for Vegas.
The moment we got to the hotel-it was so big we could not find a front door that did not lead into the casino! We had to walk through the casino to get to the elevators. We had our eyes glued to our bags because I don't think we were supposed to be in there!
We stayed at the Paris hotel. It was supposed to look like Paris! It had a giant eiffel tower. It had a chapel and a pool. It felt like we were in Paris, it had french restaurants and a real French vibe.
We went across the street to see the Bellagio Hotel water show. It is a huge fountain that like dances to music. It is a tower of sprinklers that shoot water so high. It was really cool.
The next day was really fun. We decided to go to New York hotel. We went to the Hershey's' store, the arcade (which we got 226 tickets), which was really fun. We got sushi because sushi is supirior to all foods, and the day ended.
I'm kinda loosing track of the days here, slowly going insane for all these days I wake up early. I think it's the 23? Sedona, Arizona. Anyway, we got settled in our camper, and we go fishing in a creek behind the campground. We bring a lure box, my fishing pole, the net, and my dads' pole. I don't catch a fish, but AHHH! A scorpian- nope, it was later revealed to be a crawfish. According to our research crawfish are not native to Arizona. They were brought in accidentally or on purpose to cause mayhem. There are now so many of them and you are encouraged to catch them. I could not catch any, they were too fast. We went to lunch where we were supposed to see wild boars, it was good, but no boars. Then we went to a cool park where we road mountain park trails and played a competitive family game of tackle football. Seamus- Mountain biking was really hard, and I fell on a cactus I had prickles all over my body and it hurt. Finally we finished the day stopping by a Native American craft collective. We ate dognuts and then took pizza home.
right before Sedona we stopped on the famous route 66 to do a tour of a Grand Canyon cavern. It was really cool. It used to be under water millions of years ago, but now there is zero water. It is a huge underground cavern. While there we learned about minerals, and then learned about a GIANT SLOTH. as big as a dinosaur. it apparently fell through a hole into the cavern and got trapped there. We saw claw marks where it tried to escape. They found claws and bones inside the cavern-It never escaped. We saw lots of fake gold and diamonds and silver. We saw a petrified mountain lion and bat, that also got stuck down there. No living life down there now because there is no water. You can sleep down there in the total darkness and there is enough goverment food and 2000 people for 2 weeks. There was a stage down there too.Also there were rumors of paranormal activity down there.
After that we drove a little and stayed at this place called Mike's rt 66 saloon. We went and had a soda and the owner had us on a scavenger hunt because the place had so much stuff from the past. She also let us write our name on a dollar bill and staple it to the ceiling so it is there forever!
THANKSGIVING!- we landed in Mount Picacho near Tucson Arizona. We met a friend called "o" whose mom owned the campground. We played basketball and swam on Thanksgiving!! There were a lot of cactuses there. We had trout for Thanksgiving. I missed turkey, but it was cool. We made it fun. After Thanksgiving we went to this weird Ostrich farm. We fed all sorts of animals starting with donkeys. There were goats, and parakeets that went wild eating off of our seed sticks. The ostriches were aggressive and scary. Ostriches are prehistoric- they are the only animal that are two-toed and they are reptilian. We then fed the lorikeets-those are crazy birds. We had food in a container and they popped of the lid by themselves. They landed all over you if you offered food. It was kind of chaotic. At the end we could feed sting rays. They had no stingers(so I guess you could call them just rays-ha ha!). It freaked me out because they sucked on to you and kind of licked you. It made me feel weird.
After we went to Yuma, we stopped at an old prison on the Colorado river. The prison was nick-named the "Hellhole" because of its heat and terrible conditions. We saw lots of bats in the dark room-which was their solitary confinement-basically a cave built in the rock. In the museum they talked about the inmates some were even woman. some did murder and some just had more than one wives.
Today was mostly made of driving. However, we did go to a museum off the road. It was called "The THING?" This weird museum talked about how they believe that aliens came to earth and tried to control the diansours, failed, then killed the dinasours with a meteor and then had a civil war with eachother. They still live among us, secretly, and the evil aliens control the bad things that happen in the world while the other side tries to protect us. I thought the museum was definately a little weird, but interesting anyway. After that we stopped at a school store with all Arizona stuff and went christmas shopping. we all got things for eachother.
Who needs snow to sled, we went sledding on sand. We are in New Mexico at White Sands National Park. The white sand dunes were very cold even though it was not snow, but it did not melt and was not wet. The sand stays cold because it traps and keeps water underneath it all the time and in the night the desert gets very cold. We rented sleds and waxed them up as we drove through the park. We only picked the finest, steepest, and tallest sand dunes to sled. My mom agreed to go first-she was very excited. She went down and flew all the way to mars, it seemed. At the bottom of the hill, she suddenly flipped over, off the sled and hit the ground hard. We laughed and laughed and laughed, and yes she was ok! We have it on video. We sledded, surfed, and messed around in the sand for a while. We started getting cold so we headed back. It was really cool, because there was only white sand dunes in sight for miles. I navigated us back to the camper(it was easy to get lost) and we headed back on the road.
Before we stopped for the night we went to Pistachio Land. It was a farm that grew pistachios and grapes for wine. It had the World's biggest Pistachio in front of it. We checked outa few things in the store-there were no tours because of COVID. We had amazing pistachio ice cream that Seamus and I LOVED VERY MUCH.
Pistachios are a desert plant. It flowers in the summer and then once the flowers go the nuts come out. Pistachio shells are not really green and some companies dye them green to sell better.
I was wondering why the ice cream was so green and this is what I found out:
Chlorophyll in the pistachio nuts. Although green food coloring IS added to many commercial brands of pistachio ice cream to help produce the bright green color, this is not always the case. In fact, using good quality raw pistachios with their natural green coloring does impart that color often.
ON OUR WAY HOME
We are in St Louis. The arch is pretty cool. We shared our opinion on how tall we thought it was. Anyway, we went to a zoo with some things out of order, but still was fun. My dad wants me to choose an animal to research. I think I will choose hippo or elephant. After that, we went to the arch. It was very stable and was very tall. Did you know you can go up the arch? Anyway, this was super fun and interesting. We also had some nice ice cream treats.