Thursday, April 28, 2011

To Denver and Beyond

 On our way to Kansas City we stoped at the Louisville Slugger museum and factory. This is the place where the major league baseball bats are made. During the tour we learned that on Mother's Day the company was going to make pink bats for all the major league players to use. Later, after the tour we went to the batting cages. I would say I did well but I don't think anyone who was watching me would.

We went to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and rode up in a tram to the top of the building. On the way up in the tram we got stuck about half-a-minute to the top. My mom freaked out! She may not of screamed on the inside, but we all know she was screaming on the inside. It was a great view from the top and you could see the St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium.

 In Kansas City we went to a college basketball center where you could do all sorts of activities. It was like a Chuck E. Cheese with only basketball games. On one floor were the taller hoops for adults and on the lower floor there were Xboxes, giant hoops, and an information desk (that part wasn't very exciting).

We went to the State Building in Denver and walked up to the point where we were one mile above sea level as you can see. We walked up to the to where you could see all of Denver, well most of it.

 For Easter we went to Ohio and stayed with my mom's fiend Abby from college. We stayed three days and got to meet Abby's nieces.


On our first day in Niagara we went on a tour called Journey Behind the Falls. The start of the tour was a short video that was in 4-D about the making of the falls. On our next stop we went on an elevator down to the falls and got to get a close up of the water that flows down the famous Niagara Falls. From behind. We saw it from two different views. Behind and in front looking out on the falls.

 The next thing we did was, we rode on a cart above a whirl pool. The coolest thing, I think was the Butterfly Conservitory. The conservatory is home to over 2,000 butterflies! My dad even named one the bridal butterfly, a white butterfly with pale white designs.

 All of the butterflies in the picture above are Blue Morpho Butterflies.

The last thing we did was stop by the falls at night (without the tour group) to see the lights on it (not shown above).

Fun Fact: In the winter 19 million gallons of water flow down the falls per minute and in the summer 34 million gallons flow down per minute.

Question: Do you know why more water flows down in the summer than the winter? Keep checking my blog to get the answer.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Freedom Trail

On Tuesday we went on the Freedom Trail in Boston. The trail or red line that goes through Boston takes you to all the historical sights in Boston that led to our freedom. Our first stop was the graveyard of Benjamin Franklin's parents, Mother Goose, and Paul Revere. Below is a picture of me standing on, or as my mom says, modeling, on Ben Franklin's parents' grave. It is the largest grave in the graveyard.

 Our second stop was Paul Revere's territory. Before we got there, we saw a few circus men outside his house. They were petty good. They even gave their little helper (a young boy) six bucks for standing still!
Paul Revere was a spy during the Revolutionary War. He was supposed to find out if the British were attacking by sea or by land. He was to carry one lantern if they were attacking by land and two if by sea. He ran around carring two lanterns after he got the information.

This ship is the U.S.S Constitution. It is the oldest war ship on water and fought during World War II. The ship is in good shape and has as many as five floors not including the deck!

Our last and final stop of the day was the Bunker Hill Memorial. We missed the last climb to the top by twenty-minutes, but we still enjoyed the view.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Red Sox

 On Sunday, our second full day in Boston, we went to the Boston Red Sox game. They were up against the Toronto Blue Jays and won 8-1."Let's go Red Sox!" During the game we were seated right behind the net so we never recieved a ball.Unfortunatly, no one hit the ball over the green monster but it was an interesting baseball game. The Red Sox hit 1 home run in the whole game and 2 points in the 2 other innings that they scored points in. Overall I was glad to have had tickets to this event.
Today,Monday, my dad ran the painful Boston Marathon. His official time was 3:28:30.