Author: mwalthert

The Run!

The Run!

We went downtown for a BIG run. Dad ran 10 kilometres and I ran 2 kilometres (Mike, my brother, ran with me). I had so much fun!

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I was smushed in all the people at the start and all through the race. Michael went ahead, sprinting through cracks between the people. I kept losing Michael. We ran with no parents and Mommy and Daddy met us at the end.

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We had been training for the run for two months. We ran to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, a charity that lets families who live in other cities be close to their kids while they are in the hospital. You can still sponsor us by clicking here.

Afterwards, I had: 2 granola bars and water and lemonade! I LOVE lemonade!! We had lunch at Subway and I went to the bathroom three times.

I can’t wait ’til next year’s run, but I have to. My Grama and Aunt Rachel came along with my family to cheer. I got a medal (so did Michael and Dad)!

I can’t wait ’til the next run!

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Go, Plants and Animals, Go!

Go, Plants and Animals, Go!

I went for a hike near my Grama’s house with Dad while Michael was at a birthday party. We had A LOT of FUN!!

We saw garter snakes—a teeny one, a snake ball and lots on their own. There were so many everywhere you looked.

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We hiked two hills and saved a baby turtle from the path. I got some bark and lifted the baby turtle; I named it Persephone. She was so cute! It almost got run over by a bike, but I moved it to the side of the path near some water!

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Petrie island is flooded! We saw many interesting plants: flowers, trees and bushes.

I can’t wait until our next hike!

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A Great Week!

A Great Week!

The last day of the trip we drove home from Pennsylvania.

Here is an interview with Ava about her road trip adventures:

What was your favourite part of the trip?

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail, because we got to see nature and meet other hikers.

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A tree with its roots growing around a big rock. I also liked seeing the overnight shelter.

How was it travelling with two younger brothers?

Annoying. But it was good to have playmates and it was funny when Luke chewed Michael’s head.

What did you learn on your trip?

I learned about people fighting in the Civil War to end slavery.

Did you eat anything new or interesting? What was your favourite thing to eat?

Carrot chips and nut, cheese and cranberry snack packs. Daddy made us peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunches while we were hiking. At some of the hotels they had a buffet for breakfast.

Where would you like to go for your next trip? Why?

Florida, because it has Disney World and I want to go to the beaches.

I can’t wait for our next trip!

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LOOSE TOOTH!

LOOSE TOOTH!

I did another Junior Ranger program today. It was FUN! It was at Monocacy battlefield: the battle that saved Washington. It was another Civil War battlefield in Maryland. It was flatter than Antietam.

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They gave me a patch and a badge because I finished 10 activities in the Junior Ranger booklet. To get just the badge, you needed five. And all 15 gets a pin, too.

There were a lot of trails at the battlefield, but we couldn’t hike on them because my brothers were asleep. In the museum, we saw the real uniforms soldiers wore in the battle. There was one to try on. Dad suggested to try it on, but I hesitated.

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I noticed yesterday when I bit into an apple that my tooth was starting to wiggle. It hurt whenever I ate something and I have been wiggling it all day. It is my front left tooth on the top.

In the morning, we went to Waffle House, a restaurant. Mom gave me a new joke book. I ate one-and-a-half big waffles because Mike didn’t finish his.

We started driving home and are staying in Pennsylvania near where we stayed on our first night. We swam at the hotel. It was great! Mom was brave, she came in.

I can’t wait for the last day of our trip!

A Bit of Everything

A Bit of Everything

We went hiking on the Appalachian Trail again. We hiked a long time. We saw a real shelter that long distance hikers can stay in. I swept it out so that people could sleep in it. Luke helped. I wrote in the hikers log, using my trail name, Flowers.

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We saw a stray dog and I named it Caramel. I wanted to adopt it. Mom and dad said no.

20170410_143557We became Junior Rangers on the AT at the Appalachian Trail headquarters in Harpers Ferry. I did a Junior Ranger book and then I finished it and then I got my badge.

We drove to Washington D.C. and we saw lots of monuments: Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, the Capitol building, and the White House.

We went to a baseball game at the end of the day. There was a big play place and I played in it lots with Mike. After that I watched the baseball game. The Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals.  I was cheering for the Washington Nationals.

There was also a presidents race. They had ENORMOUS heads. They were Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. And the Geico gecko…my favourite.

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We went to a hotel after 11 o’clock. The game ended very late.

I can’t wait for day five!

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Guns and Grass

Guns and Grass

We went to a fancy church for Mass in Charles Town, West Virginia. It was called St. James and they had a really fun park where we played after. I didn’t need anyone to push me on the swing. I pumped!

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We went to Antietam (an-tee-tum) battlefield from the Civil War. The battlefield was plain grass with some fences. There were hills and it was a huge field. You had to drive around it. There were lots of monuments.

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We climbed a very tall tower with lots of stairs. We saw mom from the tower. She was feeding Luke.

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We saw the famous Burnside Bridge but we couldn’t walk on it because they were doing conservation. It is named after General Ambrose Burnside who crossed it in the battle. Daddy and Mike’s middle name is Ambrose!

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While we were there, Mike and I did the Junior Ranger program. We got badges when we finished learning about the battle and we both got hats at the gift store.

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Receiving our badges from Ranger Jason.
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Union soldier and Junior Ranger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we got to the hotel, we watched a movie called Home Alone. It was funny. Then we went swimming. It was FREEZING!! After we had a warm shower, I felt better.

I stayed up extra-late blogging.

I can’t wait for day four!

HIKE, HIKE, HIKE

HIKE, HIKE, HIKE

Today we went hiking, it felt like everywhere! We hiked in three states: Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. MY LEGS ARE BREAKING!

All our hiking was on the Appalachian Trail (AT). The trail goes mostly in forests and on mountains, but sometimes it passes right through towns. It is 3,500 kilometres long. We followed white blazes, usually on trees.

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In Pennsylvania, near Boiling Springs.

I went on the bus to go to Harpers Ferry because it is an old, small town and there is no room to park. I had ice cream and I walked over the railroad bridge, which is part of the Appalachian Trail, too. In Pennsylvania, we walked right over railroad tracks on the AT!

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I climbed a tall mountain in Maryland to a high cliff! It was rocky and there was no fence around. The view was AMAZING!! We ate a picnic on the cliff, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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When we got down, we hiked a bit more on the AT and even crossed under a highway. Then I went to a Mexican restaurant for supper. I HATE SPICY FOOD!!

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I can’t wait for day three!

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