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.
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.
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.
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.
We saw a stray dog and I named it Caramel. I wanted to adopt it. Mom and dad said no.
We 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.
We went to a hotel after 11 o’clock. The game ended very late.
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!
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.
We climbed a very tall tower with lots of stairs. We saw mom from the tower. She was feeding Luke.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!